Friendly Food For Braces

Chew On This — What To Eat and What To Avoid

friendly food for bracesWe know kids like to eat — everything from crunchy snacks to chewy candy is usually part of the menu. But snacking and eating after braces gets to be a bit more tricky and restrictive for two reasons: 1) some snacks cause discomfort 2) others can damage new orthodontic devices.

In most cases when new patients get braces for the first time, there’s going to be some initial discomfort until the mouth and teeth fully adjust. One of the first changes patients and their parents have to overcome is learning how to eat with with the soreness. We recommend to try cutting foods into smaller, thinner pieces and chewing with the rear molars. Avoid chewy foods such as meats like steak and ham. Cutting back on sugar-filled snacks is also a good idea too. These sweet treats can lead to an excess of plaque around brackets.

Having braces and the food restrictions that come along with them doesn’t mean your diet should suffer. It’s important to maintain balanced, healthy eating habits for the duration of your treatment at ARCH Orthodontics. Do it for your health, and your smile!

We suggest trying these soft, easy to eat foods — especially when braces are brand new, as well as throughout treatment, to maintain the integrity of your braces.

  • Soup, yogurt, pudding, and JELL-O
  • Pasta (spaghetti, lasagna, macaroni & cheese, etc.)
  • Eggs (omelets, scrambled, quiche, etc.)
  • Cheese (hard & soft, cottage cheese, blintzes, cheese cubes, etc.)
  • Rice, potatoes, or cooked vegetables
  • Salads (tuna, salmon, egg, etc.)
  • Pancakes or French toast
  • Milkshakes
  • Fish, soft meats, or poultry (not on the bone)
  • Canned or soft fruit
  • Peanut butter
  • Cereals (cold oatmeal)

Remember: when it comes to braces-approved foods, it’s always best to simply avoid hard, sticky things altogether — ice, hard candies, gum, popcorn, nuts, taffy, caramel, pizza crust, and beef jerky. These foods can all become easily tangled in your new smile gear. Don’t forget to cut items into smaller, bite-size strips too!

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