What to Eat With Braces
Surprisingly, braces won’t change the way you eat too drastically. When you first get your braces put on and after adjustments, your teeth will be a little sore for a few days.
Cold drinks and snacks like ice water, ice pops, smoothies and frozen yogurt will work wonders, as will soft foods like mashed potatoes and yogurt. Stick with these until the aching subsides.
Really hard foods, like hard candy, can break brackets and chewy, sticky foods, like caramels, taffy, chewing gum and gummy bears can get stuck and cause issues. Foods like popcorn, corn on the cob (cut off the cob is fine) and certain nuts can also get wedged between brackets causing inflammation and damage.
You should be careful when eating chewy breads, like bagels, potato chips and hard fruits and veggies like apples and carrots. Cut or break them into tiny pieces or in the case of chips, eat them one at a time. We also don’t recommend sugary food and drinks like soda, because it can lead to cavities.
When eating anything, you’ll really just want to make it as easy to chew as possible, which might require cutting things up. Be sure to chew with your back teeth and don’t rip or tear at food with your front teeth.