Food for Thought: What Kinds of Food You Can Eat With Braces

Team Orthodontics

When it comes to braces and eating, you are probably used to hearing a lot about what you are not allowed to eat. There are many foods that can be a problem whether you have clear braces, metal braces, or lingual braces. Foods that should be avoided are hard, sticky, chewy, and sugary in nature. Instead, let’s talk about what kinds of foods you CAN eat with your braces on for a change. There are certainly more foods that you are allowed to eat than foods you are not. There are even some that can help to improve your dental health while you’re wearing your braces. Consider this as a guide to what can be eaten while wearing braces.


Popular Foods that are Safe to Eat While You Have Braces


When it comes to braces and eating, you are probably used to hearing a lot about what you are not allowed to eat. There are many foods that can be a problem whether you have clear braces, metal braces, or lingual braces. Foods that should be avoided are hard, sticky, chewy, and sugary in nature. Instead, let’s talk about what kinds of foods you CAN eat with your braces on for a change. There are certainly more foods that you are allowed to eat than foods you are not. There are even some that can help to improve your dental health while you’re wearing your braces. Consider this as a guide to what can be eaten while wearing braces.


Foods that Promote Healthy Teeth


Dairy was first on the list of foods you can eat with braces because the calcium in dairy products is good for your teeth, as well as the extra saliva that dairy foods help your mouth produce. Vegetables are also good for your teeth, but it’s important to avoid the super crunchy ones like raw carrots and celery (they can be cut into smaller strips) while you have your braces on. Leafy greens like spinach and kale are high in calcium as well, which makes them excellent choices for dental health (just be sure to clear them out of your braces afterwards).


Sweets are Okay in Moderation


You don’t have to completely cut out all sugary treats while you have your braces on. While sugar is certainly not good for your teeth, it is not a major problem as long as you are brushing and flossing well. You may want to avoid dark brown soft drinks as they have been known to stain teeth so that when your braces are removed you may have some uneven discoloration.


What to Eat When Your Mouth is Sore from Braces


The first few days after getting your braces on (and sometimes after follow up appointments where adjustments are made to your braces) you will likely have some soreness in your mouth and jaw. Your teeth may hurt when you bite down on anything hard. You may also develop sores on the insides of your cheeks until you get used to the brackets. Pain relievers can help some with this pain, but eating may be more difficult during this time. Here are some suggestions for foods that are soft but filling.

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Pudding
  • Ice cream/milkshakes (be careful of sensitivity to cold)
  • Soup
  • Jello
  • Oatmeal
  • Smoothies
  • Eggs
  • Bananas
  • Yogurt 
  • Applesauce

You may want to avoid salty or acidic foods if you have mouth sores from your braces, as these foods can sting.


Woodhill Dental Specialties Can Answer Your Questions About Food and Braces


If you are still wondering how getting braces may affect your eating habits, Woodhill Dental Specialties can help. We offer a complete range of orthodontic services, including metal braces, clear braces, and clear aligners. Clear plastic aligners are removable, so eating is not restricted with this treatment. We will evaluate you or your child to determine what orthodontic treatment is needed and what option would be best. 

Call 214-691-1172 today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you or your child transform your smile.