Foods to Avoid

Orthodontic Treatment in Las Vegas & Summerlin

Truman Orthodontics is proud to provide premier, high-quality orthodontic treatment and care for kids, teens and adults in and around Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Mark Truman, is dedicated to making sure that each patient achieves and maintains beautiful, healthy smiles with orthodontics. Which is why he stays on top of the latest advancements and trends in the orthodontic industry to ensure that he is always providing the best possible care. Our highly trained team strives to keep a comfortable, family friendly office environment for all patients. 

At Truman Orthodontics, we offer a number of orthodontic solutions beyond traditional braces. No matter your orthodontic issue, we have the best, affordable solution to help you or your child achieve straight, healthy smiles. These treatment options include, but are not limited to:

We will always go over your treatment plan with you and educate you about your orthodontic treatment along the way. While undergoing orthodontic treatment, there are certain types of foods that should be avoided to ensure you achieve and maintain optimal oral health. Some types of foods to avoid include sticky foods, hard foods, sugary foods and more. See examples below.

What Not To Eat With Your Las Vegas Braces

Sticky Foods To Avoid

Sticky foods can get stuck to you appliances and can be hard to clean off. This is not good for orthodontic treatment as it can lead to different oral problems as well as damage appliances. Examples of sticky foods to avoid are: 

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

Hard Foods To Avoid

Eating hard foods can damage orthodontic appliances used for your treatment, which can be quite expensive to replace. Examples of hard foods to avoid are:

  • 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)

Avoid Sugary Foods

During orthodontic treatment, your teeth are constantly moving. Eating sugary foods can cause common dental problems to develop, like cavities or gum disease, if you consume a lot of sugary foods. Minimizing your sugar consumption will help you achieve a healthier smile. Examples of sugary foods to avoid include, but are not limited to:

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Only Once a Day:

There are some sugary things you can have once a day, if that. These are:

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

Of course, avoiding these types of drinks all together is your best bet. Be sure to make sure that you brush your teeth after your consume these things to make sure that you are able to keep great oral health.

Other Tips From Your Local Las Vegas Orthodontist

Beyond foods to avoid, we highly recommend that our patients refrain from the following habits while undergoing orthodontic treatments:

  • Fingernail biting
  • Pencil & pen chewing
  • Chewing on foreign objects


Contact Your Local Las Vegas Orthodontist Today!

It’s important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. If you have a loose/broken wire or bracket, please call our Las Vegas orthodontic office immediately to schedule an appointment so we can repair the issue. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We are happy to help and look forward to hearing from you soon!