No! It's true that hard, crunchy or sticky foods can damage braces. But kids don't need to give up vegetables and fruits. Instead they might choose softer types: perhaps a ripe peach or a banana rather than a crisp apple, or cucumber sticks rather than a whole raw carrot. Or they might cut these foods into bite-sized pieces instead of eating them whole. Consult your child's orthodontist for a list of foods that might damage braces.