BRACES-FRIENDLY FOODS

You can still eat tons of fun stuff

You’ve probably heard from your parents, friends, and even your orthodontist, the long list of foods and beverages that you should avoid while wearing braces. While it may seem like you’re giving up a lot, it is important to avoid eating certain foods. We also want you to enjoy your braces experience, so here’s a quick list of foods to avoid and foods to embrace while wearing braces.


FOODS YOU CAN EAT WITH BRACES

  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks.
  • Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muns without nuts.
  • Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice.
  • Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats.
  • Seafood— tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans.
  • Fruits — applesauce, bananas, sliced fruit, most berries. (watch out for seeds).
  • Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, cake.

FOODS TO AVOID WITH BRACES

  • Ice — don’t chew on ice for sure!
  • Potato Chips — be really careful with these.
  • Caramel — sticky goo which pulls out brackets.
  • Some Breads — bend wires and break brackets.
  • Beef Jerky — very tough on braces.
  • Hard Candy/Suckers — these are easy to forget and bite.
  • Nuts — no nuts of any kind.
  • Ribs — may knock out brackets.
  • Popcorn — hulls get caught between gums and bands.
  • Raw carrots — try to avoid.
  • Apples — you can eat them, just cut them up first. Sorry, no caramel apples!
  • Corn on the cob — can stay in your teeth for days.