What Foods To Eat and Avoid with Braces - Sokoloff Orthodontics

What Foods To Eat and Avoid with Braces

Getting braces definitely makes eating your favorite foods a bit trickier. At Sokoloff Orthodontics, we want you to feel comfortable eating while you get used to your new braces.

Foods to avoid:

Sticky foods:

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst

Hard foods:

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • French bread crust/rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Chips
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Pizza crust
  • Uncooked carrots (unless cut)

Minimize Sugary Foods like:

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Only Once a Day:

  • Soda
  • Sweetened tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with sugar


Generally, we recommended to stick with soft, smooth, easy to chew items. It can be difficult to decide what to eat when you get your braces. Foods that are safe to eat with braces include:

  • Dairy – soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks, yogurts, cottage cheese, eggs
  • Breads – soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
  • Grains – pasta, soft cooked rice
  • Meats/poultry tender meats, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Seafood
  • Vegetables – mashed potatoes, steamed veggies, beans
  • Fruits – applesauce, bananas, fruit juice, smoothies, berries
  • Treats – ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, plain chocolates, peanut butter cups, brownies, soft cookies. But remember to always limit your intake on sugar!


We also suggest you drink a lot of water! Many of our patients fall into the trap of sugar treats like milkshakes and ice cream when they first get their braces. Try healthier alternatives like oatmeal, soup or yogurt. You might even find a new favorite food!

If you experience soreness:

Chances are your mouth is a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal and expected during your adjustment to new braces. Be sure to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, call our office right away to arrange an appointment for repair.

To relieve any pain or discomfort, we suggest dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle the solution in your mouth for a few minutes (do not swallow the saltwater).

If the pain is more severe and does not go away after rinsing, you can also try taking a pain reliever. It’s also common for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for a few weeks as they toughen and adjust to the braces. We are happy to give you some wax that you can put over the braces to lessen the tenderness should you need some.

Next steps:

With braces from Sokoloff Orthodontics, you can finally get the smile you’ve always wanted. See what Dr. Sokoloff can do for you, and upgrade your smile by scheduling an appointment today.

Call us to schedule at 914-949-0068 or visit us at 20 Old Mamaroneck Rd, Suite C White Plains, New York 10605,

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