What Fun Foods Can I Eat With Braces?

What Fun Foods Can I Eat with Braces?
Posted on 03/05/2019

Between school, sports practices, extracurricular activities, homework, and hanging out with friends and family, teens tend to have a lot on their plates.


They need healthy (and tasty) meals and snacks to keep them going. When you throw braces into the mix, weekly menus have to change a little bit. But don’t let that discourage you! There are plenty of braces-friendly substitutes for most of teens’ favorite foods.


At Stieper & Brust Orthodontics, we know it can be a little discouraging to have to avoid certain foods while you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. But don’t worry! There are lots of fun foods you can have with braces on.


Some of those snacks include:


  • Mac & cheese
  • Smoothies
  • Ice cream
  • Yogurt
  • Soups
  • Chocolate like M&Ms, Kit Kats, Reese’s Pieces
  • Soft Cookies


Remember to avoid anything sticky, or small that could get stuck in your brackets, like jelly beans, caramel, Starbursts, etc. If you or your child has a craving for something they should be avoiding, try a flavored pudding as a substitute, like caramel or hot fudge flavored pudding.


Dr. Brad Stieper says, “"We want everyone to still enjoy things they love, especially with the summer months coming up! You can still enjoy camping and cookouts, just take the corn off the cob first! Cut apples and carrots into pieces and use your back teeth to chew. When all else fails, try one of my favorite smoothie recipes, no chewing required."


Strawberry Banana Smoothie

·             2 cups frozen strawberries

·             1 fresh banana, peeled

·             1 cup milk

·             1 cup ice

·             1 tablespoon honey, if you like it a little sweeter


Blend all ingredients until smooth and enjoy!


Lastly, remember that not all crunchy foods are bad! For instance, walnuts are a softer nut that can be eaten safely. Small crackers can satisfy your crunchy and salty cravings, too. Soft granola bars are also an option, as long as proper brushing happens after eating.


If you have Invisalign clear aligners, remember to take out your aligners when you eat, and be sure to brush thoroughly afterwards to remove any food particles from your teeth.


Ask Your Orthodontist about Your Eating Habits


Still not sure what you should be avoiding when you have braces or Invisalign? The key as with most things is to enjoy in moderation. Eating the wrong thing can cause broken brackets, which can cause unnecessary appointments and an added cost, and nobody wants that!


Ask your orthodontist for more suggestions! You might realize you can enjoy more salty, sweet, crunchy foods than you originally thought!