Foods to Avoid With Braces

Dr. Grussmark Explains

If you have regular metal braces, there are certain foods that you’ll want to avoid until your course of treatment is complete. This will help ensure the process is successful, leading to the best possible results. Explore our guide to learn which foods to stay away from.

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The Worst Foods for Braces

Any kind of food that can get stuck in your braces or food that’s so hard it can damage your brackets should be avoided. Specifically, you’ll want to remove these three types of food from your diet: crunchy, sticky, and tough.


  • Chips
  • Cereal
  • Granola
  • Hard tacos
  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Croutons
  • Ice


  • Gum
  • Chewy candy (Starburst, Tootsie Rolls, etc.)
  • Caramel


  • Jerky
  • Steak
  • Corn on the Cob

Non-Food Items

Some patients have a tendency to chew or bite down on something out of habit, but this can damage your braces. If you typically chew on your fingernails, pencils, pen caps, or any similar items, you’ll want to break this habit during your treatment.

Ask Dr. Grussmark

If you still have questions about the foods you should avoid while wearing metal braces, contact one of our three locations in Miami. Dr. Grussmark or a member of our staff will be happy to explain our treatment options in greater detail. For your convenience, we also feature clear braces from Invisalign which don’t restrict your diet in any way.