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Eating with braces

Great news! You can still enjoy most of your favourite foods during orthodontic treatment. We’ll always go over any instructions you need to know when it comes to wearing braces. But we’ve also put together a reminder of what foods you can enjoy freely - and which are best avoided.

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Foods you can eat
with braces

  • Overnight oats (leave out chia seeds)
  • Porridge
  • Eggs
  • Yoghurt
  • Soft fruits
  • Smoothies (try to avoid berries with small seeds)
  • Meat cut into bite size pieces
  • Steamed veggies
  • Pasta

 Foods you can eatwith braces

  • Omelettes
  • Mashed potato, kumara, pumpkin, cauliflower
  • Quiches
  • Fish
  • Cottage pie
  • Soft cheeses
  • Light crackers dunked in hummus to soften them a little

Foods to avoid while wearing braces

As a general rule, we encourage our patients to avoid anything hard, chewy, sticky or high in sugar or acidity. These things could damage your braces and your teeth.

  • Pizza crusts – just enjoy the soft toppings instead
  • Popcorn – sorry, movie nights will have to be with frozen
    yoghurt instead
  • Corn on the cob – but you can still enjoy it if you cut the
    kernels off
  • Caramel and other sweets - sweets both sticky and hard can be harmful for your braces

 Foods to avoid while wearing braces

Have questions?
Call us!

These lists are not exhaustive. If there’s something you’re unsure about, you can always contact us.
Remember, it’s always best to err on the side of caution to avoid anything that may damage your braces and slow down your treatment.

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