Foods to Avoid

Foods To Avoid While Wearing Braces

Whether you have self ligating braces, clear ceramic braces, or metal braces, UC Smiles Orthodontics in San Antonio and Universal City, TX has the right food guide for you. Dr. Bebe has put together a comprehensive guide on what foods to avoid while undergoing orthodontic treatment in order to stay on track towards the perfect smile. Be sure to follow her guide in order to minimize delaying treatment time and avoid any complications related to damaged braces.

Avoid Sticky, Hard, and Sugary Foods During Orthodontic Treatment

While you are wearing braces, please avoid eating hard foods, sticky foods, and foods high in sugar. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets and sticky foods can get caught between the wires and brackets. Minimize the amount of sugary foods you eat as the sugar can cause tooth decay and other related dental problems.

Sticky Foods To Avoid While Wearing Braces:

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst

Hard Foods To Avoid While Wearing Braces:


  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • French bread crust/rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Chips
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Pizza crust
  • Uncooked carrots (unless cut)

Minimize Sugary Foods Like:


  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Drink Only Once A Day:


  • Soda
  • Sweetened tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with sugar

We also encourage patients to quit bad habits, such as fingernail biting, pencil and pen chewing, and chewing on foreign objects. All of these activities can break or damage your braces.

Contact UC Smiles Orthodontics In Universal City & San Antonio Today

Our team wants to keep your smile looking great and lasting long. For more information about foods and how they can affect your orthodontic treatments or to learn more about the orthodontic treatments we offer at UC Smiles Orthodontics, contact our Universal City or San Antonio office today. If you’re ready to begin orthodontic treatment with us, request an appointment online now!