Braces-Friendly Foods

Braces-Friendly Foods



Modern braces are more comfortable and visually appealing than they’ve ever been, but there are some simple things you can do to make your time in braces more comfortable. The team at Glen Orthodontics is here to help you every step of the way. If you follow the guidelines on this page, take extra care with your oral hygiene, and follow Dr. Renata’s instructions, you’ll enjoy your time in braces or aligners almost as awesome as life with your new Glen Orthodontics Smile.

Foods to AVOID With Braces

Ice — At least not if you chew on it.
Potato Chips — Be really careful with these.
Caramel — Sticky goo which pulls off brackets.
Some Breads — Bend wires and break brackets.
Beef Jerky — Tough as nails.
Hard Candy/Suckers — You might forget and bite.
Nuts — No nuts of any kind.
Ribs — Knock off brackets.
Popcorn — Hulls get caught in braces.
Raw carrots — Try to avoid raw carrots.
Apples — You can eat them, just cut them up first. Sorry, no caramel apples!
Corn on the cob — Can stay in your teeth for weeks.

Foods You CAN Eat With Braces

Dairy — Soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks.
Breads — Tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts.
Grains — Pasta, cooked rice.
Meats/poultry — 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.