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What can you eat with braces and what should you avoid?


Your dream smile is worth every sacrifice. Therefore, you should know what changes to make in your diet if you have just started your orthodontic treatment. Apart from the fact that certain healthy eating habits are mandatory when wearing braces, they will also help you develop a more balanced lifestyle. At EgoDent, we recommend regular check-ups with your orthodontist and following efficient tips on how to take care of your braces during your treatment.

Although the advanced technology used in the development of braces has contributed to their increased strength, it is important to avoid foods that can compromise their efficiency. The components of your braces that often suffer from unhealthy eating habits are wires and brackets. Therefore, you should avoid eating sticky, firm or crunchy foods at all costs. Are you ready to learn which foods you should maintain and which foods you should eliminate from your diet when you have braces?

What can you eat with braces?

After you get braces, you can continue to consume any type of liquid, such as water, natural juices, coffee, wine, and your favorite soups. When it comes to solid foods, opt for those with a soft consistency, such as smoothies, cooked vegetables, soft cheeses, yogurt, eggs, butter, cereals, ground meat or fish, and any soft desserts.

Other semi-solid foods and dishes you can eat with braces include raw apples, lean and soft meats, or pizza, as long as you cut them into small pieces. As for eating bread, you should avoid toasting it or eating crusty bread.

What foods to avoid if wearing braces?

As mentioned above, the main foods to avoid, at all costs, if wearing braces are those with a solid texture. Therefore, cut from your diet any hard fruits, seeds, nuts, hazelnuts, venison or other chewy meat, crunchy fries, and all crunchy snacks (chips, sticks, etc.). We also recommend avoiding the consumption of dark chocolate, ice cream, spicy foods, raw vegetables, citrus fruits, popcorn, caramels, and any other sticky sweets. At EgoDent, we advise patients to follow these dietary recommendations for their entire braces treatment.

We know that wearing braces is not the most pleasant experience, but it is a necessary experience if you want to enjoy your dream smile. Thus, if you know how to protect your teeth and avoid harmful foods during your treatment, you’ll have a successful experience with your braces. Besides having the smile you’ve always dreamed of, you will also improve your lifestyle and eating habits.

Visit us at EgoDent Stanmore, where you have access to the most advanced technologies regarding orthodontic treatments. You can find us at 22A Lowther Road | Stanmore, London HA7 1ER, or contact us via telephone: 02033 016323 or e-mail:

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