Foods and Drinks to Avoid

Food and Drinks

One of the most important things while wearing your braces is your diet. If you break or damage your braces by eating incorrect foods, not only may you incur an extra appointment but it can also add to your treatment time.

Foods to be careful with

Hard foods such as:

  • Popcorn
  • Corn chips
  • Rice snacks
  • Nuts
  • Crusty bread roll

Hard fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears, carrots, celery, broccoli, etc., are best cut into small pieces and put at the back of your mouth to eat. Cut meat away from the bone and cut corn off the cob.

Foods to avoid

Sticky, sugary, chewy foods such as:

  • Toffees
  • Chewies
  • Bubble-gum
  • Roll-ups
  • Minties
  • Fantails
  • Muesli Bars
  • Anything chewy

These foods will pull wires out and “O” rings off.

They are also very high in sugar and can react with plaque to cause tooth decay.

Icy foods such as:

  • Ice cubes
  • Icy poles
  • Ice creams

Drinks to avoid

  • Soft drink
  • Juice with added sugar

All soft drinks contain carbonated acid which dissolves the enamel on your teeth. Too many of these drinks will cause permanent markings on your tooth enamel. Excessive fruit juice is also damaging to your tooth enamel.

Remember it is best to drink water to quench your thirst.

Habits to avoid

  • Nail biting
  • Chewing on pens and pencils

Chewing on these items can break of brackets or damage wires or ‘o’ rings


If a part of your brace is broken or loose please ring us in advance to allow enough time to fix it. This ensures we do not run late for other people, or even you. Remember, the more breakages you have the longer your treatment will take.

To find out more about orthodontic emergencies and when it’s necessary to make another appointment, read our emergencies page here.

If in doubt, call us!

If you are unsure whether you need an appointment or if you want more information about what foods you should avoid, call the friendly staff at Greater Springfield Orthodontics. It’s always better to know for sure and avoid adding to you treatment time.

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Excellent service from the very first consultation. No hidden costs or surprises, we opted for the Sure Smile which gave my daughter fantastic results in only 12 months. Friendly and professional staff, flexible appointments that fit around school hours. Highly recommended.
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Myself and my brothers have all had braces provided by greater Springfield orthodontist and the care given to us has been exceptional. They have always been helpful in assisting the on going care to make sure our teeth stay perfect and are so very professional, absolutely great staff.
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Highly recommend this practice, from the very first phone call, Melinda was very friendly, knowledgeable, caring and informative, explained the process for my daughters potential braces requirement and what I was up for financially. Arranged appointment quickly and on the day was highly proficient,caring and understanding. Dr Southall explained potential options simply and recommendations from his perspective. A very professional organization with friendly caring staff.
Donald Carmichael
Really inpatient, if you are 5 minutes late and you will be rescheduled to 2 months’ later date. Worst service ever.
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Great service, I highly recommend!!!
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Highly recommend coming to Greater Springfield orthodontics. The team responses quickly for appointment times and are very caring.
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Highly recommend. From my son's first consultation a few years ago with Dr Southall to getting braces with Dr Clare and the continued care with Sharyn, the process has been easy, well explained, and made affordable for us. The whole team at GSO has been great to deal with.
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I would like to give a very BIG thank you to Dr Natasha Clare and the rest of the amazing staff. I highly recommend Greater Springfield Orthodontics, especially for adult braces. My braces were barely visible & just took 17 months to give me the smile I wanted! The whole process was seamless and very easy going, to my surprise. The Suresmile Technology was great! The kind reception staff were very flexible with my schedule & I was never afraid to ask questions and raise any queries. The whole team was just outstanding.Thank you! 5 stars.

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