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You are more than welcome to contact us at anytime if you have questions about the particular details of your treatment. The experience of each individual is different, and we are here to help you along the way.

Having an orthodontic emergency?

Please call Dr. Solem on our emergency line (925) 271-4226

For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard and sticky foods should be avoided, and foods high in sugar should be minimized. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between wires and brackets. Sugary foods cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should also be avoided.

Further Info: Foods not to Eat

Foods to Avoid:

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)

  • Licorice

  • Sugar Daddies

  • Toffee

  • Tootsie Rolls

  • Caramels

  • Starburst

  • 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


Minimize sugary foods:

  • Cake

  • Ice Cream

  • Cookies

  • Pie

  • Candy

  • Sugary beverages

  • Carbonated beverages


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