Caring for your Teeth and Braces

Caring for your Teeth and Braces

Foods to Avoid:

Candy and foods that are sticky and chewy, or hard and crunchy, create the biggest problems for kids and adults wearing braces or retainers.

Therefore, in general:

  • Nothing hard
  • Nothing sticky
  • No big mouthfuls
  • No biting into anything hard

And specifically – be sure to avoid:

  • Toffee
  • Hard candy
  • Sticky candy such as Caramels, Sugar Daddies, Starbursts, Caramel Apples, Sugar Babies, Licorice, Toffee, Tootsie Rolls, Now & Laters
  • Popcorn
  • Peanuts
  • Ice
  • Taco chips
  • Whole apples and carrots (cut them into pieces first)
  • Hard French bread crust and rolls
  • Spareribs
  • Corn on the cob (cut the corn off the cob before eating)
  • Bagels
  • Pizza Crusts
  • Carrots (uncooked)
  • Doritos
  • Pretzels

Plain chocolate candy is all right as long as you brush afterwards.

Brushing and flossing is really important when you have braces because food can get caught in the braces and cause cavities. Also you will have terribly bad breath so no one will want to talk to you.

You should brush and floss your teeth after every meal and before you go to bed. You may want to brush with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste (Do NOT use whitening toothpaste) to make sure that you do not get any cavities.

  • Brush in the morning, before bed, and after meals
  • If you aren’t able to brush after a meal, be sure to do a good rinsing with water in your mouth
  • You can carry a travel toothbrush with you so you can brush after meals or anytime you’ve had something to eat
  • Also, be sure that at least twice a day you brush very thoroughly for at least three minutes
  • It is vital that you clean your braces every time you brush your teeth (Braces can trap plaque, which increases your risk of cavities and gum disease.)

Keep thinking – be responsible for keeping your braces in good condition and clean and you will be rewarded with your own beautiful smile!