Unfortunately, there are certain foods that can damage your braces, which can delay your treatment time and cause complications, especially because they can break bands and wires on your appliance. This is why Dr. Amy Richter and our orthodontic team strongly encourage avoiding eating those foods altogether.

To help you know which foods to avoid, we are happy to provide the following list:

Sticky foods

  • Gum
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramel
  • Starbursts

Hard foods

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard shell tacos
  • French bread crust, rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless they are cut into small pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Chips
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Pizza crust

It’s best to minimize eating and drinking products like:

  • Cake
  • Ice cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy
  • Soda
  • Sweetened tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with sugar

If you use our recommendations, there is a high chance you won’t experience wear and tear on your braces and you will stay on track toward your perfect smile. To learn more about what not to eat when you have braces in Buffalo, New York, please don’t hesitate to give Amy Richter Orthodontics a call at 716-239-4815. We look forward to helping you care for your appliance so you can have the top-notch smile you deserve!