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Best Foods for Braces

best foods for braces

Missing your daily crunchy cereal? Yogurt with fruit is a great alternative!

After you get your braces on, it takes some time to adjust to the change. Not only do you have an entirely new amount of material inside your mouth, you have to treat those brackets and wires with care lest they become damaged. Eating can present a unique challenge. You’re trying to be good to your braces, avoid any discomfort (especially after getting new wires), and still enjoy your snacks and meals.

This list of the best foods for braces will help you find a way to keep eating simple, but still satisfying. If you ever have questions about what you should (or shouldn’t) be eating, don’t hesitate to ask us.

Foods Good for Braces: After Monthly Appointments

When your teeth are sore, you’ll want to choose soft foods that don’t require much biting or chewing. Some of the most nutritious, delicious, and braces-safe soft foods include:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Yogurt
  • Smoothies
  • Soup
  • Applesauce
  • Bananas
  • Beans
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Jell-O
  • Pasta
  • Rice

Safe Eating for Braces

When it’s not the period directly after a monthly adjustment, you won’t be experiencing discomfort – but this shouldn’t make you head straight for crunchy, hard, or chewy choices. While you don’t have to eat only soft foods, you should still take care to keep your braces in great shape. Some good rules to follow are to:

  • Cut up anything that might be unsafe to bite into (like whole fruits, steak, corn on the cob, pizza, or crusty sandwiches)
  • Before eating something new, ask yourself: could this damage my braces?
  • Limit candy consumption to avoid cavities and broken wires/brackets. If you have a sweet tooth, go for chocolate or ice cream instead!
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