What can I eat with braces?

Wearing braces can take some getting used to, but with a little guidance, you can still enjoy most of your favorite foods.

Foods to avoid

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  • Hard candies
  • Sticky foods like caramel, taffy, gummies
  • Lollipops
  • Whole apples or crunchy fruits/veggies (cut into pieces, cook)
  • Ice cubes
  • Popcorn
  • Hard pretzels
  • Nuts
  • Corn on the cob
  • Crusty bread
  • Thick steak or meat (cut into small pieces)
  • Chips

Foods to avoid

Foods you can eat

  • Chocolate
  • Milkshakes
  • Ice cream
  • Pudding
  • Pasta
  • Soup
  • Yogurt
  • Chopped up fruits
  • Cooked veggies
  • Soft bread
  • Corn off the cob
  • Soft meat (deli, fish, tender cuts)
  • Beans
  • Soft grains like rice, quinoa, oatmeal

This list is not exhaustive and there are many more foods that you can enjoy during your braces treatment. If you are unsure or have any questions about food you should or should not be eating, please contact our helpful staff.

Foods you can eat

Tips to eating successfully with braces

  • Cut your food into bite-sized pieces, even things like pizza and sandwiches
  • Cook your vegetables until soft
  • For a salty snack, choose soft crackers instead of chips
  • For bone-in meat like wings, pull the meat off with a fork and knife, not your teeth
  • Avoid sugary sodas and drinks
  • Don’t suck hard candies and avoid them entirely if possible

Foods to avoid

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Foods you can eat