Read through the information provided below from Beyond Your Smile for useful tips on how to maintain oral health immediately after beginning your orthodontic treatment.

Foods to Avoid After Banding

Please read the information below carefully. If not followed, your treatment may be negatively impacted; constantly spending time repairing broken braces delays treatment time.

  • NO gum or sticky candies, this includes (but not limited to):

    • Gummy Bears, Gummy Worms, Gummy Vitamins, Airheads, Starburst, Now and Laters, Swedish Fish, M&M’s, Fruit By The Foot, Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit Chews, Laffy Taffy, Warheads, Jawbreakers, Sour Gummy or Sour Patch Kids!

  • NO bagels (unless cut up into very small pieces)

  • NO pizza crust, no thick pan pizza (unless cut up into very small pieces)

  • NO submarine sandwiches

  • NO corn on the cob (unless cut off cob)

  • NO ice cubes / frozen foods (like popsicles)

  • NO popcorn, peanuts, pretzels, Doritos or granola bars

  • NO cape cod chips

  • NO raw carrot or celery sticks


Taking Care Immediately After Treatment

The foods listed below may be eaten, provided the stipulations are followed:

  • Meat removed from the bone (chicken wings, boneless spareribs, pork chops). Do not bite directly into the bone.

  • Fresh vegetables and fruits – Provided they are sliced as thin as possible.

  • Steak – Provided it is cut up into very small pieces.

  • Soda – Should be restricted (sugar free or not) as the acids contained in them do cause decay and breakdown of the cement used to bond the braces to the teeth.

*Phosphoric acid is the primary ingredient in soda that is potentially destructive


Habits to be Avoided:

  • NO biting fingernails, pens, pencils or erasers.

  • NO picking at the braces or wires.

If brackets break, please contact the office immediately to make arrangements for repairs. This constitutes a semi-emergency visit, and should not wait for monthly appointments. Also, broken brackets sometimes take extra time to repair, so appropriate time must be scheduled in advance.


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