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Navigating dietary choices can be one of the more challenging aspects of life with braces. At Walt Orthodontics, we understand the importance of protecting your orthodontic investment while still enjoying a fulfilling diet. This blog post aims to outline the types of foods to avoid to ensure your treatment progresses smoothly and without unnecessary complications.

Understanding Braces and Your Diet

Braces work by applying continuous pressure to gently and gradually move teeth into their correct positions. This process is delicate, and certain foods can damage the brackets, bend wires, or even cause tooth decay around the orthodontic appliances if not cleaned properly.

Foods to Avoid With Braces

To maintain the integrity of your braces and promote oral health, here are some categories of foods to steer clear of:

  • Hard Foods: These can break or damage the wires and brackets of your braces. Examples include nuts, hard candies, and ice.
  • Sticky Foods: Sticky foods can get caught between braces and teeth, potentially leading to tooth decay. Avoid items like caramel, gum, and certain chewy candies.
  • Crunchy Foods: Foods that create a lot of crumbs or are hard to bite into can also pose a risk. This category includes popcorn, chips, and hard taco shells.
  • High-Sugar Foods and Beverages: While not necessarily a risk to the braces themselves, sugary foods and drinks can increase the risk of tooth decay around the brackets. Limit sodas, sweetened beverages, and sugary snacks.
  • Hard Fruits and Vegetables: While healthy, hard fruits and vegetables should be cut into smaller pieces or cooked to soften them before eating. Apples, carrots, and raw broccoli are a few examples.

Dietary Recommendation Resources

For those looking for more detailed guidance on managing their diet with braces, the following resources offer comprehensive advice:


Adjusting your diet while wearing braces doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By avoiding certain types of foods and following the guidance provided our orthodontic experts, you can protect your braces and ensure a smoother treatment process. At Walt Orthodontics, we’re dedicated to supporting you throughout your orthodontic journey, providing personalized advice and care tailored to your unique needs.

If you have any questions about your diet with braces or any other aspect of your orthodontic treatment, we encourage you to contact us. Our team is here to assist you in achieving the best possible outcome from your treatment.

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Dr. Walt received his dental (DDS) degree from the University of Western Ontario, graduating first in his class and receiving the Gold Medal as well as numerous awards recognizing his scholastic and clinical achievements, leadership and character. He then completed his orthodontic training at the University of Colorado, where he received both his Specialty Certificate and Master of Science Degree. During his residency, he was awarded the Rocky Mountain Orthodontics Scholarship for overall excellence.

After graduating from residency and opening Walt Orthodontics in 2013, Dr. Walt committed himself to applying his traditional orthodontic education into the digital world to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience. He currently serves as a Faculty Member, Key Opinion Leader, and Advisory Board Member for Align Technology which involves traveling around the world to teach other orthodontists about Invisalign. Being at the forefront of digital orthodontics, Dr. Walt was invited to be the first orthodontist in Canada to use custom LightForce braces. He also serves as an Orthodontic Coach/Mentor for other orthodontists looking to improve their knowledge of digital orthodontics.

In addition to practicing orthodontics, Dr. Walt is a “die-hard” Blue Jays fan and enjoys working out in his spare time.


Dr. Stephanie Grossman pursued her dental degree in sunny South Florida at Nova Southeastern University. She graduated with honours, at the top of her class, and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honour Society. She then completed her orthodontic training at the University of Detroit Mercy, where she received both a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science degree. She is both a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Dr. Grossman strives to provide the highest standard of orthodontic care for her patients. She attends numerous hours of continuing education and utilizes the latest advancements in orthodontics. Dr. Grossman is licensed to practice in both the United States and Canada.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Grossman enjoys spending time with her friends and family and traveling the world. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves trying new restaurants!