Best Foods to Eat With New Braces

With new braces, you may notice that your mouth feels a little different after they’re first put on. To make your transition a little smoother, you may want to change your eating habits for the first few days while you get used to your new braces. Docbraces’ top 5 suggestions for the best kinds of foods to eat when you first get braces are below:

1. Have a smoothie. Smoothies are great option for a delicious meal in a glass, offering a convenient, balanced option. Throw whatever you like in a blender, add protein to make it more filling and even try a handful of spinach— if the smoothie is made right, you won’t even taste it! Here’s an example of a healthy smoothie recipe. Add to a blender:

  • Milk (almond and coconut also work well)
  • 2 large spoonfuls of vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup of frozen berry mix
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 scoop whey protein powder
  • 3 ice cubes

Blend until completely smooth, serve in a big glass with a straw and enjoy!

You’ll find several smoothie recipes in our FREE ebook Best Foods to Eat With New Braces: Our Favourite Recipes. Download it today!

2. Think soft. The first day or so of having your new braces on will mean you may not feel like chewing a whole lot. But that’s fine–try something soft but delicious like tender turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. Soups, chili, pudding, oatmeal and yogurt are all good choices during your first few days with braces.

3. Easy to chew. A steak dinner is not the best thing to have at your “congratulations on getting your braces” dinner. But meat shouldn’t be off the table completely–how about some shaved turkey cold cuts? Or tasty baked haddock? Scrambled eggs, omelettes or quiche? Maybe you know someone who makes a mean meatloaf—there are lots of protein choices that won’t make you chew too hard.

4. Try new things. Having to change up what you eat for a few days is the perfect excuse to try some new foods–how about a soft cheese you haven’t had before, like Munster or Brie? Or a grain, like couscous or quinoa? How about a new smoothie recipe for breakfast? Baked apples for a snack or dessert? You may end up discovering a new staple for your everyday diet.

5. Stay healthy. Don’t fall into the ice cream trap. Sure, it’s good for a treat, but it won’t give you the nourishment you need to look and feel your best. Eating soft food doesn’t mean eating unhealthy. Here are some suggestions for meals on a typical day when you first get your braces on:

  • Breakfast – pack in the protein with a fruit smoothie and scrambled eggs
  • Morning snack – two cubes of soft cheese, like Laughing Cow and a banana
  • Lunch – tomato soup and a “salad” of carrot and cucumber ribbons (made with a veggie peeler)
  • Supper – meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy
  • Night-time snack – baked apples with maple syrup

And of course, remember to stay hydrated and drink lots of water throughout the day, avoiding pop and sugary drinks as your teeth are even more susceptible to cavities when you have braces.

Ready to get a healthy, beautiful smile with new braces? Contact your nearest Docbraces to schedule your FREE consultation—you can visit our Halifax, Dartmouth, Moncton, Summerside or Charlottetown practices!

  1. Shekinah

    Thanks! This was so helpful

  2. Nancy G

    thanks for all the helpful information on what to eat when a person just gets braces – I will remember those suggestions

  3. Kassidy

    Very helpful I just got braces so this is great. one question I am in high school and what can I haVe for our morning snack and lunch sense I can not heat anything and it has to be pre-packed?

    • Jodie Babkirk-Massoudi

      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, fruit and cookies.
      Other suggestions include:
      Soft fruits such as grapefruit, oranges, nectarines, tangerines and kiwi
      Vegetables – steamed until soft
      Dairy products including yogurt, soft cheeses
      Treats such as pudding, applesauce, bananas, smoothies, fruit juices, jello and ice cream
      Soft breads including biscuits and muffins

  4. Sarah

    Can u eat oatmeal cookies with braces

    • Jodie Babkirk-Massoudi

      Oatmeal cookies are fine as long as they are soft.

      The Docbraces Smile Team

  5. Noah

    Hey! This is great 😀 thanks!

  6. Catherine

    Thank you so much! I’m getting braces tommorow and I didn’t know what foods to eat. This helped alot Thanks. 🙂

  7. joan

    i just got my braces and i am trying to see what kind of food i can eat

  8. Alexis

    Thank you so much I’m getting braces in a few months now and I was curious about what I can and can not eat with braces so thanks again for the info and good bye and good night

    • Jodie Babkirk-Massoudi

      Glad that you found the blog informative! Have a great day!

      The Docbraces Smile Team

  9. alexis

    OMG thank you so much it helped me figure out what to eat when I get my braces in a coupel of months so thanks again for the help bye

    • Jodie Babkirk-Massoudi

      You’re welcome Alexis! Let us know if you have any other questions.

  10. Anonymous

    I was wondering if you could eat hot soft chips?

    • Jodie Babkirk-Massoudi

      Thanks for your inquiry! Generally, avoid foods that are sticky, hard, or chewy. Soft foods are most recommended for those who wear braces because they are simply easier on your braaces.

      Our list of foods to avoid for braces wearers are:
      Hard taco shells
      Sticky and hard candy
      Corn chips
      Hard cookies or crackers
      Sticky or hard chocolate
      Hard fruit and vegetables (cut up in small pieces)

      So hot soft chips are fine.
      The Docbraces Smile Team

  11. MANGE

    can i eat porriage

    • Jodie Babkirk-Massoudi

      Yes you can! Enjoy

  12. Anonymous

    What about pot pies

    • Jodie Babkirk-Massoudi

      Great question. Pot pies are fine as long as you avoid any hard crust.

  13. Angela

    So I got my braces today and this helped me out so much!!! But can I like bite into hamburgers? Or pizza and such? Not today maybe in a week or so.

    • Jodie Babkirk-Massoudi

      Hi Angela,

      Yes, you can eat hamburgers and pizza but please be sure that the crust and bun is soft. If the outer edge of the pizza crust is hard just avoid eating that.

      Smile Team

  14. Unknown

    I know some people that Chew gum with braces and I chew gum once in a while and was wondering if now that I have braces can I chew gum ?

    • Jodie Babkirk-Massoudi

      That’s a great question. Although some people chew gum it’s not recommended and we ask that you avoid it during your treatment.

  15. Kate

    I have to get braces tomorrow…… they hurt at all???

    • Jodie Babkirk-Massoudi

      Hi Kate,

      I hope you are enjoying your braces. As you now know, braces do not hurt, we simply glue the appliance onto your teeth. As your teeth begin to move your teeth may be a little sensitive but that’s all. If this happen, an Advil will take care of it.

      Smile Team

  16. Shavette

    Thank you so much I just got braces yesterday and I was afraid to eat anything… I know now I will lose severaly pounds and regain my healty eating. Thank you!

  17. Jackie Bailey

    Very helpful information. Thank you!

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