Eating with dental braces can be a bit challenging at first, but with some adjustments and patience, you can learn to eat comfortably.

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Here are some tips to help you navigate mealtime with braces:

    1. Soft Foods: In the early days after getting braces, stick to soft foods that don’t require much chewing. This will help you adjust to the feeling of braces and reduce discomfort. Some examples of soft foods include mashed potatoes, yogurt, pudding, oatmeal, soup, and scrambled eggs. You can find more information about Brace-friendly food here

    1. Cut Food into Small Pieces: When eating solid foods, cut them into small, manageable pieces. This can make it easier to chew and reduce the risk of damaging your braces or hurting your teeth.

    1. Avoid Sticky and Hard Foods: Steer clear of foods that are sticky, chewy, or extremely hard. These can get stuck in your braces or potentially damage them. Examples of foods to avoid include chewing gum, caramel, hard candies, and popcorn.

  1. Rinse and Brush After Meals: It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene while you have braces. After each meal, rinse your mouth with water to remove any food particles, and then brush your teeth carefully, making sure to clean around the braces and wires.
  2. Use Orthodontic Wax: If your braces are causing irritation or sores inside your mouth, you can use orthodontic wax to cover any sharp edges or braces rubbing against your cheeks or lips. When Dr. Kia places your Braces, you can ask him to give you a few ones. This will help prevent further irritation.
  3. Choose Braces-Friendly Foods: Focus on foods that are easy to eat with braces. Some options include:
    • Soft fruits like bananas, applesauce, and berries
    • Cooked vegetables like steamed broccoli, carrots, and peas
    • Soft meats like chicken, turkey, and fish
    • Pasta and rice dishes
    • Soft bread (avoid crusty or hard bread)
  4. Take Smaller Bites: When you do eat solid foods, take smaller bites and chew slowly. This can help you avoid putting too much pressure on your braces and reduce discomfort.
  5. Be Cautious with Crunchy Snacks: If you want to eat crunchy snacks like chips or pretzels, break them into smaller pieces and eat them carefully. Be mindful of the pressure you apply when biting down.
  6. Stay Hydrated: Drinking water throughout the day can help keep your mouth clean and prevent food particles from getting stuck in your braces.
  7. Regular Orthodontic Checkups: Attend your scheduled orthodontic checkups to ensure your braces are in good condition and make any necessary adjustments.


Remember that it may take some time to adjust to eating with braces, and you might experience some discomfort initially. However, as you become more accustomed to them, you’ll find it easier to enjoy a variety of foods. If you have specific dietary concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

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