What to Eat After You Get Your Braces

What to Eat After You Get Your Braces
Posted on 07/18/2014

When you first get braces put on your teeth, you may feel as though you have very limited choices regarding what you can eat while you're wearing braces. Our Springfield & Clarksville, TN orthodontist, Dr. Lehman-Grimes along with his friendly staff want all our patients wearing braces to have a good experience while in treatment.

The day you had your braces put on, we discussed with you the importance of avoiding some types of foods which can damage or break your braces including hard, sticky, crunchy and tough foods. We also told you that you will need to change your eating habits a bit as your brackets are not make to stand up to the stress of biting into anything. By biting into foods while wearing braces, your brackets can easily pull away from your teeth and break. If this were to happen consistently, it would be necessary for you to wear your braces longer than what was originally estimated which means you'll have to wait longer to see your new, straight, beautiful smile.

So you may be wondering what you can eat? Well the great news is that you can eat many types of foods without worrying about damaging or breaking your braces. For example, you can still eat those foods you would normally bite into by simply cutting the food into small pieces and chewing with your back teeth. This means you can still enjoy your favorites such as sandwiches, pizza, fruit, cookies, soft tacos, hamburgers and hotdogs.

Foods to Enjoy While Wearing Braces

Among the many types of foods you can safely eat while wearing braces includes:

  • Soft fruits such as grapefruit, oranges, nectarines, tangerines and kiwi
  • Vegetables – steamed until soft
  • Dairy products including yoghurt, soft cheeses
  • Non-tough meats such as soft-cooked chicken, turkey, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Seafood including tuna, salmon, cod and crab cakes
  • Treats such as pudding, applesauce, bananas, smoothies, fruit juices, jello and ice cream
  • Grains including noodles, pasta and soft-cooked rice
  • Soft breads including soft tortillas, biscuits, pancakes and muffins
  • Eggs
  • Soups including chili
  • Soft cooked beans

These are just some of the foods you can enjoy while wearing your braces. Just remember to completely steer clear of hard, sticky, gooey and crunchy foods that can easily damage and break your braces. Don't forget that you shouldn't bite down on any food as doing so can very easily break your braces. If you're tempted by something like fresh corn on the cob this summer, you can still dig in if you cut the kernels off the cob before eating.

If you have any questions about what foods you can or cannot eat while wearing braces, don't hesitate to contact our Springfield & Clarksville, TN orthodontics practice as we're always happy to speak with you!