Life With Braces

Is Better Than You Think

Today’s braces are pretty easy to take care of but taking a little extra care in cleaning your teeth and choosing what to eat when you have braces is a good idea. That way – you won’t be inconvenienced with appointments to rebond a bracket that comes loose when you munch on an almond or other hard or sticky food.

It’s not uncommon for some patients to feel minor discomfort for the first few days after they first get their braces on. Teeth might even feel a little loose (after all – they’re on the move.) While most patients say it’s no big deal, some patients choose to keep some pain reliever (just like you’d take for a headache) handy for a day or two after each appointment. Any tenderness usually subsides within a day or two. If you have questions or need to Contact Us.

Helpful Tips

Along The Way

  • We recommend you use a soft bristled tooth brush with a small head. Electric tooth brushes are also acceptable.
  • Brush your teeth after meals and snacks.
  • If you have eaten while away from home, use your interdental brush to dislodge any food that may get caught around your braces.
  • Rinsing with water is another way to dislodge food from your braces, and to keep sugar from sitting on your teeth.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day.
  • We recommend that you have a check up with your dentist every 6 months.

Eating With Braces

Here Are A Few Considerations

Here's a quick look at the types of foods you can eat without giving it a second thought - and some other foods you'd be best to cut into small bites or avoid altogether. Feel free to print it out and put it up on the fridge.

Foods You Can Eat With Braces

  • Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
  • Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
  • Fruits — applesauce, bananas, sliced fruit, most berries (but watch out for seeds)
  • Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans

Foods to Avoid With Braces

  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum (sugar-free gum is okay)
  • Foods you have to bite into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies

Frequently Asked Questions

What We Hear People Asking