What to Eat with Braces or Invisalign

As part of our dietary series, our #AOmazing team member Christen has put together a list of foods that may cause problems with braces with help from the American Dental Association.

What to Eat with Braces?

Braces can be delicate, and any foods that are sticky, chewy or hard can easily cause them to break, including:

·         ice

·         nuts

·         popcorn

·         hard candy

·         gum

·         chewy candy like caramel or gummi bears

·         whole hard fruit like apples and pears and hard, raw veggies like carrots

·         corn on the cob

·         hard pretzels

·         peanut brittle

·         pizza crust

·         hard rolls or bagels

·         ribs

Any food that you need to bite into to eat is prime for breaking braces. You can get around this by cutting the food, such as corn off the cob or rib meat off the bone, or slicing apples and chopping carrots into small, bite-size pieces. You may also experience problems eating after your braces are tightened–teeth may feel sore. Although there are no limitations on diet with Invisalign, as with braces, the first few days are the worst, so try eating softer foods like those listed below until the soreness passes:

·         scrambled eggs

·         oatmeal

·         soup with soft vegetables or pureed or cream soups

·         soft cheeses, including cottage cheese

·         smoothies and milkshakes

·         pudding and custard

·         meatloaf 

·         mashed potatoes

·         sorbet and frozen yogurt 

·         tortillas (soften by microwaving or steaming)

·         yogurt 

·         soft-cooked, shredded chicken and meat

·         protein shakes

·         tofu

·         ripe fruits, such as peaches and nectarines, cut into bite-size pieces

·         couscous, quinoa, bulgur, soft-cooked rice 

·         pasta and noodles 

·         polenta

·         baked apples

·         peanut butter

·         chicken or tuna salad

·         refried beans

·         avocado 

·         applesauce

·         macaroni and cheese

·         pancakes

·         soft bread

·         saltines

·         smashed bananas

·         cooked veggies

·         hummus

·         canned or cooked fruit


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