Frequently Asked Questions
What is an orthodontist?
At what age should my child see an orthodontist?
Sailing through Orthodontic treatment
What food should be avoided?
Sticky foods should be avoided because of the increased risk of dental decay and possible breakage of braces or wires.
Food or drinks high in sugar content can be consumed in modest amounts. Make sure you take the time to brush and rinse after you eat or drink these foods.
Foods to be careful with
- Apples and other crisp fruit: cut into wedges
- Hard Bread: tear into small pieces
- Carrots and other hard vegetables: cut into pieces or grate
- Corn on the Cob: Remove from cob
Certain foods will bend, break or distort wires causing your treatment to be delayed and creating extra visits to the office for repairs. In general remember that hard, brittle, crunchy, and sticky foods should NOT be eaten during your treatment. Do not suck on lemons or limes (the acid in the juice can dissolve tooth enamel) and do not chew or suck on ice cubes. Ice can ruin your appliances and teeth. Keep pencils, pens, and other objects out of your mouth.
Here is a short list of foods you should avoid. Remember, that no matter what you eat, please brush your teeth thoroughly after eating any food and especially before bedtime.
Popcorn and Nuts
Hard Tortilla Chips
Gummy Bears, Taffy, and Carmel
Starbursts, Skittles, Milk Duds