Dr. Daniel M. Eves, D.M.D, M.S.
Specialists in Orthodontics for Children and Adults

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500 Toll Gate Road
Warwick, RI 02886

20 Clinton Avenue
Jamestown, RI 02835

Foods to Avoid During Orthodontic Treatment

Here at Tollgate Orthodontics, we want the time you spend improving your smile to be a trouble-free and pleasant experience. Once you have your braces on your teeth, it’s essential that you know how to properly take care of your appliances throughout the entire treatment process. You will need to avoid eating some foods completely because they can damage or break the brackets and wires on your teeth, Other foods can lead to tooth decay and should therefore only be eaten in moderation, and only if you clean your teeth thoroughly afterwards. Below is some basic information about the types of foods you need to avoid while wearing braces.

Hard & Crunchy Foods You Must Avoid Completely

  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Hard taco shells
  • Hard crusted breads
  • Bagels
  • Chips
  • All hard candies
  • Apples & Carrots (unless cut into small pieces first)
  • Ice

Sticky Foods To Steer Clear Of

  • Caramel
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Licorice

Sugary Foods to Have Minimally or Avoid Completely

  • Cookies, cakes and pies
  • All types of candy
  • Ice cream
  • Sugary drinks like sodas, fruit juices, energy drinks and sweetened tea

If you do eat sugary foods, be sure to clean your teeth thoroughly after you’re finished. The last thing you want to happen is to find out your time spent in braces will be extended due to dental decay that needs to be treated.

Questions? Contact Our Rhode Island Orthodontist Today!

If you have any further questions about eating with braces, please call our office as we’re always available to speak with you! Dr. Eves and his team are dedicated to making the time you spend in braces as successful and easy as possible! Just be sure you do your part which includes taking good care of your teeth and avoiding foods that can damage your braces.

If you’re considering braces for yourself or your child, we welcome you to request an appointment with us today. As a Rhode Island board certified orthodontist, Dr. Eves focuses solely on orthodontics to ensure all our patients receive the most effective treatment and long-lasting results!