Foods to Avoid

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

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:candy

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

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:apple

  • 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:ice-cream

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Only Once a Day:cup

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

We 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.

It's important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. If you have a loose/broken wire or bracket, please call our office immediately to arrange a repair appointment.

Fewell & Fogarty Orthodontics

  • Tullahoma (Main Office) - 205 South Jackson St., Tullahoma, TN 37388 Phone: 931-455-0146
  • Fayetteville Office - 2270 Thornton Taylor Pkwy., Fayetteville, TN 37334 Phone: 931-433-5806
  • Manchester Office - 820 McArthur St., Manchester, TN 37355 Phone: 931-728-6767
  • Monteagle Office - 16 South Central St., Monteagle, TN 37356 Phone: 931-924-2218
  • Shelbyville Office - 635 North Main St., Suite B, Shelbyville, TN 37160 Phone: 931-924-2218
  • Winchester Office - 1464 By-Pass Rd., Winchester, TN 37398 Phone: 931-962-8600

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