Foods to Avoid


At Dr. Krishnan Orthodontics, we aim to be your premier choice when you’re looking for an orthodontist serving Calvert and St. Mary’s County. With our dedication to high quality  orthodontic care and the treatment options we offer, we are ready to help you achieve the  straight, healthy, beautiful smile that you deserve. When you’re undergoing one of our orthodontic treatments, such as braces, it’s also vital to avoid certain foods that may interfere with your treatment. Here are some of the foods that we recommend avoiding in order to give you the smoothest orthodontic process possible.

Hard Foods

Hard foods need to be completely avoided because these types of food can break or damage the wires and brackets in your teeth. Some examples of hard foods include:

  • Nuts

  • Hard taco shells

  • Carrots

  • Apples

  • Bagels

  • Chips

  • Jolly Ranchers

  • Pizza crust

  • French bread crust


Sticky Foods

You should also avoid sticky foods of all kinds. These types of foods can get stuck in your braces and tug on them, causing the wires and brackets to loosen or even completely break off. Some of the sticky foods you should avoid are:

  • Gum

  • Starburst

  • Licorice

  • Toffee

  • Caramel

  • Tootsie Rolls

Sugary Foods

Unlike hard and sticky foods, you don’t have to completely stop consuming sugary foods. However, it’s best to limit these foods that are high in sugar; try not to eat more than one food in this group per day. Some of these foods include:

  • Candy

  • Cookies

  • Cake

  • Ice cream

  • Pie

  • Soda

  • Sweet tea

  • Kool-Aid

  • Gatorade

Contact Your Orthodontist Serving Calvert and St. Mary’s County Today!

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us. We at Dr. Krishnan Orthodontics are glad to help you with any of your concerns. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, you can do so by filling out our online appointment request form or by giving us a call at (410) 535-2332. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve a straighter and more beautiful smile!