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Huntington, CT 06484
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Orthodontic Diet Chart

Our Bridgeport & Huntington, CT Orthodontists Advise On What Not to Eat While Wearing Braces

At Commerce Park Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics in Bridgeport and Huntington, CT, we are committed providing quality orthodontic treatment for children and young adults. Our orthodontists are enthusiastic and excited about caring for patients and promoting lifelong dental health. Patient education plays a large role in successful orthodontic treatment, and that includes making sure that you and your child are doing what you can at home to help attain that goal. We want your child’s orthodontic care to be a success through and through, and we are sure that you do too! That is why our Bridgeport and Huntington orthodontic offices offer the following orthodontic diet chart to show you which foods to avoid and which foods are OK to eat with braces, ensuring beautiful results after the braces come off!

Foods that cannot be cleaned off the braces may lead to discoloration and decay of your teeth. Even though our braces and wires are metal or ceramic, they are fragile and are usually damaged by eating the wrong foods, thus taking us longer to finish your treatment. To keep your time in braces as short as possible, please abide by the following diet guidelines:


Sticky foods are to be avoided because of the increased risk of dental decay and appliance breakage. These foods stick to braces and remain on your teeth for long periods of time.

  • Caramels
  • Sugar Daddies/Sugar Babies
  • Starbursts
  • Caramel apples
  • Licorice
  • Now & Laters
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Gummy Bears


Some foods are just too tough to safely bite into with braces. Biting into the following foods can bend or break your wires and brackets.

  • Nuts
  • Doritos
  • Hard candy
  • Bagels
  • Apples & carrots (unless cooked or cut small)
  • Corn on the cob
  • Pizza crusts
  • Ice
  • Hard pretzels
  • Jerky


Foods high in sugar content should be limited. Sugary foods like soda have the potential to cause plaque build-up, which when combined with more sugar, can cause acid in the mouth. This can lead to swollen gums, white spots on the teeth, and tooth decay.

  • Eat less candy, cookies and cake
  • Drink less soda and sugary drinks

Avoid chewing on pens, pencils and fingernails.

Contact our Bridgeport and Huntington, CT Orthodontic Offices

We are committed to your child’s orthodontic health and want to make sure that you are completely confident and comfortable with your child’s treatment. If you have any questions about foods to avoid or good foods to eat with braces, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are conveniently located in Bridgeport and Huntington, CT and proudly serve children and teens throughout the greater Fairfield County area.

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