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So, you’ve taken the exciting step towards a straighter, healthier smile with braces. Congratulations! But with all the excitement, comes a question that weighs heavily on most braces-wearers’ minds: What can you eat with braces?

Braces are great for giving you a straighter smile, but they can definitely change your eating habits for a while. This guide will explore the delicious world of braces-friendly foods and provide some tips to make your journey a flavorful adventure.

Foods You Can Eat with Braces

Your teeth can be a bit tender the first few days after getting braces. Your mouth is adjusting to the new hardware, so it’s best to stick to eating soft foods that require minimal chewing. Think creamy mashed potatoes, smooth yogurt parfaits, and delightful bowls of oatmeal. Scrambled eggs, cooked pasta dishes, and well-steamed or boiled vegetables are also excellent choices.

As you adjust, you can gradually incorporate more variety into your diet. Here are some braces-approved foods to keep your taste buds happy:

  • Protein Powerhouses: Lean meats like chicken, fish, and ground beef are fantastic sources of protein. Cut them into bite-sized pieces or opt for ground varieties for easier chewing. Additionally, soft cheeses like mozzarella or ricotta provide essential calcium for strong teeth and bones.
  • Fruit & Veggie Fiesta: Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Don’t ditch them while you’re wearing braces — just be sure to cut them into smaller pieces. You can also opt for softer options like applesauce, bananas, berries, and cooked greens.
  • Grains Galore: Breads, pastas, and cereals are all your friends with braces. Just be mindful of crusts on bread, which can be a bit tough. Whole-wheat options provide additional fiber to keep you feeling full.
  • Souper Stars: Soups are a lifesaver, especially on days when your mouth feels tender. From creamy chicken noodle soup to hearty lentil stew, there’s a delicious and braces-friendly soup for every craving. 

Foods to Avoid while You Rock Your Braces

While the world of braces-friendly foods is vast and delicious, there are some that you should stay away from. Here are some culprits to keep off your plate until the braces come off:

  • Crunchy & Sticky Snacks: Hard pretzels, chips, popcorn, and raw vegetables can damage your brackets and wires. Moreover, sticky foods like caramels can stick to your braces and become difficult to remove, increasing your risk of cavities.
  • Hard & Chewy Bites: Avoid foods that are hard, sticky, or chewy. For instance, avoid foods like pizza crust, beef jerky, nuts, gum, and chewy candies while you are wearing braces. Remember that hard foods can damage your braces and increase the risk of cavities.
  • Ice Chewing: Avoid chewing on ice, whether you have braces or not. Ice can damage your brackets and irritate your gums.
  • Extreme Temperatures: The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends avoiding extreme temperatures with braces. As noted above, you can enjoy soup, but let it cool down a bit before digging in.

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choose soft foods with your orthodontic treatment

Transitioning to an orthodontic-friendly diet might seem difficult. But with a little creativity, you can enjoy a variety of foods while ensuring that your treatment progresses. Remember, every day with braces brings you one step closer to that beautiful, straight smile. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying all your favorite foods again — this time with a perfectly-aligned smile.

A beautiful smile is an investment in your health and confidence. If you’re considering braces, Dr. Murray Orthodontics can help you achieve the dazzling smile you’ve always dreamed of. Our team of experts will customize treatment plans and answer all your questions about braces and orthodontics. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a straighter, healthier smile!


Are there any braces that let me eat anything I want?

All types of braces, including traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and lingual braces, come with dietary restrictions. The rules are there to keep your braces safe and make sure the treatment works like it should.

Can I still enjoy snacks with braces?

Yes, you can enjoy snacks with braces, but choose soft, non-sticky options like yogurt, cheese, or soft fruits to avoid damaging your braces.

Is corn on the cob safe to eat with braces?

It’s best to avoid biting directly into corn on the cob with braces, especially with your front teeth. Instead, remove the kernels from the cob before eating to prevent damage to your braces.

How can I prevent food debris in my braces?

Brushing after every meal and using interdental brushes or floss can help remove food debris from your braces. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are also important to maintain oral hygiene with braces.