Eating with Braces

Eating with Braces

Eating is a big part of life, but you might find that you have to make some adjustments to your diet when you get braces. While the braces themselves shouldn’t prevent you from eating, there are certain foods that are better suited to braces as well as some you should avoid. Here are some things to know about eating with braces so you can plan your meals accordingly.

Foods to Eat with Braces

It’s a good idea to try and eat soft foods that will be gentle on your new appliance, such as:

  • Dairy products, such as cheese
  • Bread and other grains, like pasta
  • Meat, poultry, and seafood
  • Cooked vegetables, like mashed potatoes
  • Soft fruits, like bananas

What to Avoid

It’s important that you be particularly careful with your teeth when you’re wearing braces. Try to avoid sugary drinks or any other sugary foods that might cause cavities. If you do eat sugar, be sure to brush your teeth right away. Here are some foods to steer clear of:

  • Chewy foods, like bagels
  • Crunchy foods, like chips
  • Sticky foods, like gum
  • Hard foods, like nuts
  • Foods you have to bite into, like corn on the cob

It’s normal for there to be some soreness when you first get your braces. If your brackets are rubbing against the inside of your mouth when you chew, you can try placing dental wax over the edges to make the process a little smoother. We’re happy to provide you with some wax if you need it.

If you have any questions about what you can or can’t eat with braces, Dr. Pratt will be happy to answer them. Give our office in The Woodlands, TX a call at 281-367-0050 today!

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