Best Foods to Eat With New Braces

When you get new braces, you may notice that your mouth feels a little different. You may have to change your eating habits the first few days to make your transition a little smoother. Below are some suggestions for the best kinds of foods to eat when you first get braces.

Soft Foods

The first day or so of having your new braces on you may have some soreness that will keep you from chewing a whole lot. Try something softlike tender turkey, mashed potatoes, chili, soups, pudding, yogurt and oatmeal.

Easy To Chew

Stay away from foods that are hard to chew like steak. Instead try fish, scrambled eggs, omelettes or quiche.There are lots of protein choices that will not make you chew too hard.


Smoothies are great option for a delicious meal in a glass, offering a convenient, balanced option. Throw whatever you like in a blender, likefruit and protein to make it more filling and even try a handful of spinach. The sweetness from the fruit balances out the taste of the spinach. You will not even taste it.


Try New Things

Trying to eat with new braces is the perfect excuse to try something new. How about a soft cheese you have not had before, like Brie or Munster? Or a grain, like quinoa or couscous? You may end up discovering a new staple for your everyday diet.

Stay Healthy

Most people think when they get braces, it is all about eating ice cream. It may be good for a treat but it is not nourishing. Eating soft food does not mean eating unhealthy. Below are some suggestions for healthy meals when you first get your braces on:

  • Breakfast – a fruit smoothie and scrambled eggs
  • Morning snack – cheese and a banana
  • Lunch – soup and a salad
  • Dinner – turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy

And most importantly, remember to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water throughout the day.

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