Orthodontic Home Care

Once Dr. Hoggan has installed any orthodontic appliances in your mouth there are certain foods you will need to avoid. Avoiding these items will help to keep your appliances from coming loose or breaking, and will help to keep your treatment on schedule.

Things To Avoid

  • Sticky candies like caramel, taffy, Tootsie Rolls, Starbursts, Milk Duds, Now & Laters, Sugar Babies, etc
  • Hard foods like nuts, ice, raw carrots*, celery*, apples*, corn on the cob, sunflower seeds, hard candies, etc.
  • Hard Objects like pens, pencils, fingernails, etc.

*Food can be eaten, but they need to be cut into pieces first.

Important Recommendations

It is harder to keep your teeth and gums clean with orthodontic appliances in your mouth so you will want to minimize the amount of food and beverages you consume which contain high amounts of sugar.

Some foods like pizza or sandwiches can be easier to eat if you cut them up first rather than just biting into them.

Popcorn might be delicious with a movie, but it is very difficult to clean out of your braces so EAT AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Foods like coffee, tea, red wine, and tomato sauce can stain the clear plastic ties used with clear braces.

If Something Breaks or Comes Loose

Call the office at 303-840-8505 so we can change your next appointment time since more time will be needed to repair the appliance.