So, you just stepped out of the dentist’s office with your kid who now has brand new braces. While you may be happy that your kid’s teeth will get straightened, you are nervous about the list in your hand. A list that mentions what your child can or cannot eat with braces. If you think your job of making lunches or snacks will get difficult, don’t worry – we got your back.

Importance of Eating Brace-Friendly Meals

Eating the right food is very important when one is undergoing braces treatment.  The wrong food can get stuck between the braces or break the brackets. With the right knowledge and creative thinking, you can prepare delicious meals for your kid. Let’s see what made it to the ‘To-Eat’ List.

Braces-Friendly Foods

  • Peanut butter sandwiches, but skip the jelly as it might stick to the teeth
  • Potato or pasta salad
  • Soups
  • Sliced soft fruit such as bananas, mango, strawberries and melon
  • Pudding
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Smoothies
  • Tuna, chicken or egg salad sandwich
  • Greek yogurt with fruits
  • Cottage cheese with cooked veggies
  • Hummus and soft wraps
  • Jell-O
  • Applesauce
  • Soft Pretzels
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Chili
  • Soft Cheeses
  • Waffles and pancakes
  • Salads without crunchy vegetables
  • Pastries, brownies and muffins
  • Casserole
  • Soft tortillas
  • Ice cream
  • Different types of pasta
  • Popcorn without kernels
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Quiches
  • Freshly-made juices

Foods to Avoid

The following foods can either get stuck between the braces or break the braces’ brackets. Cleaning the teeth will get difficult and it may lead to dental problems like tooth decay.

Crunchy Foods:

  • Raw vegetables
  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard cookies
  • Thin crust pizza
  • Croutons and French bread
  • Thick crackers
  • Hard candy
  • Ice
  • Meat on the bone

Sticky Foods:

  • Caramel
  • Licorice
  • Gum
  • Chewy candy
  • Fudge
  • Chewy meats
  • Taffy

Foods with Small Pieces:

  • Chunky peanut butter
  • Seeds
  • Popcorn with kernels
  • Granola bars
  • Multigrain bread
  • Nuts

Get creative with recipes and involve your child when you prepare the meals. This way they will be excited to eat what you prepare. Let them decide what they want to eat – this will ensure that they won’t get bored with the meals.

Encourage your child to try out new foods and snacks. If the child mistakenly eats something from the ‘do-not-eat’ list, don’t get angry. Explain why they can’t eat those foods and how it can affect their braces.

Caring for Braces

Besides eating the right food, it is important to take proper care of the braces. Ensure your kids brush their teeth after every meal. They must also rinse with a mouthwash to remove food where the toothbrush can’t reach.

In case food gets stuck between the braces, use tiny picks to remove them. Schedule an appointment with your orthodontist if the braces break or get damaged while eating something.

With the right kinds of foods and regular dental appointments, your child will have healthy teeth.