Diet with braces

Diet Rules

THE RULES BELOW ARE NON-NEGOTIABLE

Sticky foods such as lollies, toffee and caramel (especially redskins and minties) must be avoided because they can loosen the bonds and wires.

With hard food such as apples and raw carrots are best eaten by cutting them up and chewing on the back teeth.

Sweets and chocolate must be kept to a minimum. A sugary diet will result in tooth decay underneath the bands and bonds (disaster!), and if identified during treatment then the treatment may have to cease.

It cannot be stressed too much how important your diet is while having orthodontic
treatment. Think how healthy you will be in a couple of months!

Snack food, such as plain potato chips are not healthy, but as they do not contain sugar they can be safely eaten while wearing braces. Soft drinks and cordials must be of the “diet” variety. Avoid all colas (yes, even diet coke).

Can’t have and mustn’t do!:
soft drinks
cordial
hard lollies
sweets
chocolate
sweet biscuits
chewing on bones
nuts
corn chips
pen chewing

Just be very careful!:
apples
raw carrots
popcorn

Yes, in moderation please:
fruit
vegetables
potato chips
twisties
diet soft drinks
diet cordial
dry biscuits
cheese