Braces: what to eat and how?

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It is necessary to have braces when there are abnormalities, malpositions of the teeth, when there is not enough space between the teeth, when teeth overlap. 

Here is a guide that will help you understand what to eat and how to eat with braces.

Importance of diet when wearing braces

It is important to eat foods that are easy to eat and suitable for braces. It is important to snack on certain foods and to limit the consumption of others. There is no need to eliminate certain foods, but on the contrary, it is better to moderate their consumption. In any case, it is important to modify or adapt your diet when you feel pain or have canker sores.

Foods you can snack on

Complex carbohydrates

These are carbohydrates that are converted to glucose during digestion. They are found in bread, pasta, rice, cereals, certain fresh vegetables and dried vegetables. Fiber, contained in fruits, vegetables or whole grains, which are part of carbohydrates, has no impact on blood sugar.

Soft and consistent foods


Soft, hearty foods such as scrambled eggs, tender fish, finely chopped meats, mashed potatoes, oatmeal and liquid soups can help you feel fuller longer. It is best to stick to these foods for four to seven days after surgery.

Dairy products


Dairy products, such as cheese, yogurt and milk, contain lactic acid and calcium that strengthen your teeth, making them whiter as well. Chewing cheese also triggers the production of saliva that cleans the food particles that cause stains.

Food to eat as the day go by

  • The first few days: It is advisable to eat soft or liquid foods for the first few days after getting braces. Purees, soups or cooked foods are prime allies, as they are easier to chew.
  • The weeks after: You can eat pizzas, sandwiches, hamburgers however you must be careful because pizza crust is often the cause of loose braces.

Ingredients to avoid eating

Hard foods

You can avoid eating hard foods. Indeed, baked bread sticks, popcorn, or ice cubes if you bite directly into them will bring you pain and discomfort because they may loosen the braces.

Raw, whole fruits and vegetables


A certain number of fruits and vegetables such as apples, raw carrots or corn on the cob should be avoided because you risk biting directly into them. You should therefore choose pre-cut pieces so as not to strain your braces.

Foods that stick


Candy, chewing gum and caramels are a bad option when you wear braces. They will stick to the surface of your braces and will be especially difficult to get rid of once you've eaten them.

Chewing gum : the dangers of its consumption 

Chewing gum is a gum with added food flavors and fragrances. It is intended to be chewed and not swallowed. It is not advisable to consume chewing gum if you have braces. Particularly sticky foods can become embedded in the braces and remain there. When you wear braces, it can be difficult to remove some of the residue, especially with braces.

The method to eat without having a toothache

Eating the right way will prevent you from having a toothache and therefore from having to take a paracetamol.

Here is the method to eat without hurting yourself:

  • You should start by eating small amounts of food cut into tiny pieces.

  • You should then chew half the food in each part of your mouth. This will distribute the pressure on your braces.

  • You can start by eating soft foods. You can choose eggs, fish, ground meat, cooked vegetables and cream desserts.

You should also brush your teeth in the right way without hurting your teeth or damaging your braces. To do this, you can use the Y-Brush toothbrush. It is a toothbrush with soft and fine bristles that brushes even under the wire of the braces without hurting you.

We hope this guide has helped you understand the importance of diet when wearing braces. It is important to understand which foods to eat and which ones not to eat. You need to make sure you have the right method for brushing your teeth. Chewing gum is not recommended because it damages braces even when consumed in moderation.

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