Minimize Sugar Intake: Drink less soft drinks & sugary drinks. Eat less candy, cookies, ice cream, and sugary snacks.
Foods to avoid are ones that can not 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.
BROKEN APPLIANCES LEAD TO A DELAY IN TREATMENT TIME – WHICH MEANS YOU WILL BE IN BRACES LONGER THAN ORIGINALLY ANTICIPATED!
Do Not Eat:
HARD FOODS: Nuts, Popcorn, Hard Candy, Hard Pretzels
HARD BREADS: Pizza Crust, Hard Rolls, Bagels, Bagel Chips
STICKY FOODS: Caramel, Starbursts, Tootsie Rolls, Gummy candy, Toffee, Now&Laters, Sugar Babies, Various Others…
TOUGH FOODS: Beef Jerky, Slim Jims
ICE: It will destroy your braces.
GUM: Sugarless ONLY – minimize use since it can pull on wires and ties
AVOID CHEWING ON PENS, PENCILS, & FINGERNAILS
When an emergency occurs that can not wait until the next business day, we do have an emergency line and an assistant is on call 24/7. We are also available via Facebook Messenger to answer any orthodontic emergency questions.
Emergency Line: (843) 488-2526 Ext. 0
For many situations, a patient or parent can relieve any discomfort by following instructions given on the phone or by referring to the following list: