Watchers Diet

Our goal is to provide you with a beautiful smile. This can only be accomplished if the braces stay attached to your teeth. We do not want to interfere with your nutritional intake, but we do ask that you watch the types of foods you eat. Some types of foods are capable of breaking your bands or brackets, bending your wires, and breaking the cement under your bands or brackets. All these things prolong treatment time.

A careful patient can eat a nutritionally balanced diet and do no harm to his braces. We hope that you will strive to be this type of patient. The foods listed below are some of the ones that we have found to be the most common causes of loose bands, brackets and broken appliances.


  1. Ice (no crunching, please)
  2. Hard edges of pizza
  3. Crisp French-fries
  4. Hard corn chips (Doritos)
  5. Peanuts (all nuts)
  6. Popcorn (hard kernels)
  7. Lifesavers (hard candy)
  8. Peppermint sticks
  9. Carrots & Apples (may be eaten if cut into small pieces)
  10. Corn-on-the-cob (may be eaten if sliced off the cob)
  11. Ribs (meat may be eaten if sliced off the bone)


  1. Caramels
  2. Taffy
  3. Gum (not even Freedent)
  4. “Now or Later” candy
  5. “Gummi Bears” candy
  6. “Marathon” bars
  7. “Milky Way” bars
  8. “Slow Poke” suckers
  9. “Sugar Daddy” candy
  10. Caramel & Nut candy bars


Although they may not cause damage to your appliances, care should be taken to brush your teeth immediately after eating very sweet foods. If you cannot brush, at least rinse your mouth out with clear water.

  • Cake
  • Pie
  • Sweet drinks (coke, lemonade)
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Candy

Be a good “brace watcher”. Please notify our office if appliances become loose or broken in order that we might minimize prolonged treatment time.

Brushing is important at all times – but especially now that you have braces. Work hard to keep your braces just as shiny as the day they were placed. Then when your treatment is complete and your braces are removed you will be proud to smile!

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To the Team at Kozak Ortho, I'd first like to say, over the past 8 years, with my oldest daughter and now the past 2 years with my youngest daughter, your staff has been nothing but professional and it's been a pleasure to have you Dr. Kozak , and your wonderful staff to assist in creating unbelievable smiles for both of my daughters. The path with our oldest, has been long and trying and after 3 sets of braces and double madibular jaw surgery by your referred surgeon, the results have been remarkably worth it all! And to this day, Kayla still loves coming to see you all !! As far as my youngest, she wouldn't ever let the dentist near her, and then she found her oldest sisters ortho, and from the beginning was nothing but comfortable and anxious to get to her appointments and to get her "Kozak cash" for doing a good job! She just got her braces off in August 2011, and her smile is beautiful! For anyone who's hesitant about not knowing the Kozak team, I give you my word, there is no one I'd rather have spent all these years with. They have all become like family to us. Thank You, soo very much for all your care you have given my girls and I !

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