Dr. Chad’s OFFICIAL DO NOT EAT LIST HARD STICKY CHEWY SWEETS Ice Cubes Pens & Pencils Whole Apples Popcorn Nuts (ALL) Hard Bagels Pizza Crust Doritos Hard Tacos Beef Jerky Carrots Hard Bread Finger Nails Caramels Tootsie Rolls Riesens Sugar Daddies Marathon Bars Snickers Milk Duds Bit-O-Honey Rolos Skittles Warheads Laffy Taffy Airheads Starburst JuJuBeans Gummy Bears Now & Later Jelly Beans Licorice Dried Fruit Fruit Rollups Soda Diet Soda Sugar Drinks Red Bull Malts Ice Cream Cupcakes Cookies Cake Pie Sugary Cereal Hard - do damage by bending wires, loosening the cement under the bands or breaking the brackets. Sticky & Chewy - do damage by bending wires and pulling cement loose. SWEETS - do NOT break brackets or bend wires but DO cause WHITE SPOTS. If you eat sweets, brush immediately afterwards. If you cannot brush, ALWAYS rinse your mouth with clear water after eating sweet foods. GUM - is okay as long as it is SUGAR-FREE and contains the artificial sweetener XYLITOL. Chewing gum can help alleviate dental soreness. Additionally, xylitol has been shown to kill the bacteria that causes cavities. However, if your chewing gum causes you to break any of your appliances or discomfort in your jaw we will ask that you stop chewing gum for the remainder of your treatment.