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Do’s and Don’ts with Braces


Foods:

Acceptable:
Soft (ex: pudding, mashed potatoes, yogurt, ice cream)
Do not bite into anything, but you can cut it up (ex: fruits, vegetables, pizza, bagel, sandwiches)
Chocolate (ex: a plain candy bar, cake, cookies)
Corn not on the cob
Meat stripped off the bone

Unacceptable:
Gum
Chewy/sticky (ex: caramel, laffy taffy, starbursts, sour patch kids/worms, tootsie rolls, gummy bears, air heads, twizzlers, steak)
Hard (ex: potato/corn chips, pretzels, lolly pops, nuts, jolly ranchers, ice)

Daily Living:

Do’s:
Play sports (we suggest using a mouth guard – we are happy to provide one if needed)
Study/work
Play musical instruments
Go through airport security

Don’ts:
Bite on pens
Bite your nails
Try to open bottles or any other items with your teeth
Chew on meat bones

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