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Foods to avoid when wearing braces

There are a few foods we'd rather you not eat while wearing braces. They are mostly hard or sticky candies. There really is a good reason for avoiding some candies. We wouldn't ask you to if it wasn't important. Biting into something hard can cause a brace to come loose from your tooth. When this happens we have to have you come in to re-attach that brace. We know you're busy and making a special trip in to see us isn't always convenient, so to save you time and annoyance here is a list of foods you should probably avoid:

  • Hard candy like Jolly Ranchers, lollipops and mints
  • Sticky candy like Laffy Taffy, Starburst and caramel
  • Bubble gum and sugary chewing gum
  • Popcorn. Those little half popped kernels are such a nuisance!
  • Ice! It's fun to crunch but hard on your teeth as well as your braces!
  • Pencils and pens. (I know! They aren't really food but some people like to chew on them.)
  • Apples and carrots unless they are sliced very thin, in which case you can still eat them.
  • Corn on the cob. You should have your mom cut the kernels off, it will be easier to eat that way.

Just use your best judgement. If you think something is too hard or sticky, it probably is. We aren't completely hard-hearted. You've probably noticed that sugarless gum isn't on the list. We don't mind if you chew a piece once in awhile as long as you make sure none of it is stuck to your braces when you're finished.

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