Think before you eat
When you have braces, you do not have to give up all of your favorite foods. However, eating some types of foods can break or loosen your appliances and can lengthen your time of treatment.
Avoid chewing on pens, pencils, and fingernails.
These habits damage braces more than anything else.
Avoid eating anything sticky or chewy.
This includes taffy, caramel, Airheads, Skittles, jellybeans, Mentos, Jolly Ranchers, Starburst, licorice, and candy bars that have caramel in them to name a few. Peanut butter is fine.
Avoid eating anything hard or crunchy.
This includes hard candies, chips, hard pretzels, pizza crust, and ice to name a few.
Avoid biting into anything with a hard center.
This includes ribs or chicken legs. Pull the meat off the bone before eating.