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Eating with Braces

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

At Commerce Park Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics in Bridgeport, Shelton and Westport, CT, we are committed to 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 you and your child are doing what you can at home to help attain that goal. We want your little one’s orthodontic care to be a success through and through, and we are sure that you do, too!

That is why our Bridgeport, Shelton and Westport orthodontic offices offer the following orthodontic diet chart to show you which foods to avoid and which foods are OK to eat with braces, to ensure 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 often damaged by eating the wrong foods, which forces us to take 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 the 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 bite into safely 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 create 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, Shelton or Westport, CT Orthodontic Offices

At Commerce Park Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics, we believe in maintaining open communication with our patients. If you have any questions about the orthodontic health program or any of our other treatments such as braces or Invisalign®, please don’t hesitate to contact our Bridgeport, Shelton or Westport, CT orthodontic offices.

Our friendly staff is happy to answer any questions or help you schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!