Foods to Avoid

At Drs. Najem & Lehky Orthodontics, we understand that having braces, Invisalign or other orthodontic treatment may require some sacrifices when it comes to your favorite foods. We want our patients to have the most efficient treatment possible, which means caring for your braces as an orthodontic appliance and for your teeth and gums under the braces.

Eating hard foods or sticky foods can break or damage the wires and brackets, causing injury and pain to yourself and a delay in the treatment process. Those same sticky foods can get caught between the wires and brackets. Eating food and drinks high in sugar can cause tooth decay and other related problems.Here we’ve outlined some of the foods we would like you to avoid during your Akron braces treatment.

Sticky Foods to Avoid

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst

Hard Foods to Avoid

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • French bread crust/rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Chips
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Pizza crust
  • Uncooked carrots (unless cut)

Note: Although these aren’t foods, we also encourage our patients to quit bad habits, such as fingernail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects. All of these activities can break or damage your braces.

Eat Less of these Sugary Foods

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Reduce Intake to Only Once a Day:

  • Soda
  • Sweetened tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with sugar

Contact Drs. Najem & Lehky Orthodontics

We want to work with all of our Akron area patients to ensure a positive orthodontic experience and avoiding these food items will help make sure that happens. However, if you do break a wire or bracket, or one becomes bent or lose, it’s important to call our Fairlawn or Cortland offices  as soon as possible so that we can arrange a repair appointment.

If you want to get started with treatment, we are currently accepting new patients, so you can reach our Fairlawn office at (330) 864-3331 and Cortland at (330) 638-7004. We look forward to meeting you soon!