When you are wearing braces, it is important to protect your braces by avoiding certain foods. Hard, sticky and sugary foods can damage the wires and brackets and affect your smile.

Sticky Foods You Should Avoid

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Licorice
  • Excessively sticky candies like Starbursts, Sugar Daddies, Tootsie Rolls or Milk Duds
  • Caramels


Hard Foods You Should Avoid

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • French bread crust/rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless they are cut into small, bite size pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Chips
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Hard pizza crust


Minimize Sugary Foods, Like:

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy


Only Once A Day:

  • Soda
  • Sweetened tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Any drink with high amounts of sugar

We also recommend patients avoid bad habits such as fingernail biting, pencil and pen chewing or chewing on any other foreign objects. Any of these activities or foods can damage your braces and affect the length and level of your treatment. If you have broken brackets or wires, please call us as soon as possible to have them repaired.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist, Dr. Cory Coe, please call Beaches and Braces today at 616-878-5960 or 616 457-4220 and learn more about orthodontics in Byron Center, Grand Rapids and Jenison, Michigan!

Our Office Locations

Byron Center

2347 84th St. SW, PO Box 528, Byron Center, MI 49315


597 Baldwin Dr., PO Box 47, Jenison, MI 4942

Grand Rapids

4310 Leonard St NW., Grand Rapids, MI 49534

Our Mission

Our goal is to meet the unique goals of each of our patients. We work hard to provide a family-oriented, professional environment where you can achieve the smile of your dreams comfortably and quickly. Dr. Cory Coe and his experienced team are looking forward to meeting you and getting started on your new smile!