What to Eat with Braces

Learn About What To Eat With Your New Braces
It’s very important to eat foods that are gentle on the brackets and wires that hold your braces together and in place. Generally, avoid all foods that are sticky, hard, or chewy. Most recommended for those who wear braces are softer foods because they are easier on your mouth hardware.  (See how to brush and floss when you have braces.)

Click on the video for a quick review of the best kinds of food to eat. Read our list of foods to avoid below, or

Problem Foods When You Have Braces: Hard Foods

  • Hard Pizza Crust
  • Rice Krispies Treats®
  • Doritos®
  • Fritos®
  • Cheetos®
  • Combos®
  • Hard Taco Shells
  • Bagels (soften them in the microwave)
  • Hard Candy
  • Lollipops
  • Life Savers®
  • Jolly Rancher®
  • Now and Later®
  • Beef Jerky
  • Slim Jim®
  • Caramel Popcorn
  • Regular Popcorn (hull-less is okay)
  • Hard Pretzels (small pretzels and pretzel sticks are okay)
  • Carrots & Apples (slice into sticks and wedges)
  • Ice and Ice Cubes (do not chew)
  • Corn on the Cob (remove from cob)
  • Hard Granola Bars
  • Nuts

Problem Foods When You Have Braces: Sticky or Chewy Foods

  • Bubble Gum
  • Gumballs
  • Jawbreakers
  • Taffy
  • Tootsie Roll®
  • Caramels
  • Sugar Daddy®
  • Candy Bars
  • Snickers®
  • Starburst®
  • Licorice
  • Jelly Beans
  • Skittles®
  • Good and Plenty®
  • Milk Duds®
  • Fruit Roll-ups®