Many new orthodontic patients wonder, “What can I eat with braces?” New braces can be a challenge to get used to. When they are first put on, your mouth may be experiencing some soreness. So you may wonder what the right foods are for your braces. Our infographic, Food and Your Braces, will provide you with some basic guidelines for what to eat with braces through the months or years that you have them on.
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Food and Your Braces
For New Braces:
- Cold liquids that don’t stain teeth.
- Liquid foods like soups, yogurts, and applesauces.
- Easy to chew solid foods like eggs.
- Cold treats like ice cream and soft popsicles.
- Easy to chew meats, fully cooked.
- Most dairy products like cheese.
- Soft fruits like bananas, melons, and berries.
- Non-crusty baked goods like bread and muffins.
- Hard, crunchy fruits (unless you cut them up).
- Beverages that stain teeth if you can’t brush right after.
- Corn on the cob and popcorn.
- Hard or sticky candies like caramels or gum.
The “Eat” and “Avoid” sections are good guidelines for the whole time that you have braces on. The “For New Braces” section should be followed for as long as you are experiencing pain or sensitivity. Talk to your orthodontist. They may be able to give you some personalized recommendations.
If you worry that you will be missing out on some healthy but crunchy fruits and vegetables, you will not have to give them up entirely. Cook your vegetables until they are softened enough to eat. Vegetable soup is always a good option. Fruits can be blended into smoothies. Just because you have braces does not mean that you cannot eat healthy foods.
-Dr. William Aerni, The Strongsville Dentist