What To Eat With Braces in The First Week?

January 15, 2024

Getting braces is all fun and games until you have to change up your entire diet because of it. At first, it can seem like a lot, but over time, you start getting used to it, although the first week is usually the hardest. From sore gums to jaw pain, everything can feel like a chore. But when it comes to eating during the first week of braces, you want to stick to soft foods that are easier to chew. This way, you won’t irritate the gums or set off the soreness in your mouth.

When Can You Eat After Braces?

Believe it or not, there’s no time limit for when to eat after getting braces. You’re free to eat as soon as you leave the dentist’s office. However, Dr. Caroline Girgius and Dr. John Siu advise against that. This is so your mouth can get used to the feeling of the braces. Not to mention, right after the procedure, your mouth is going to be in a lot of pain, which is why it’s better to wait a few hours before eating.

What to Eat During The First Week of Braces?

Surviving the first week of braces is the hardest part of the journey. Be it the excruciating pain or the discomfort, as long as you make it through the initial days, you will slowly begin to ease into it. Even when you later go to get adjustments, the pain isn’t as bad as the first time.

However, one of the most important things you need to take care of is your diet. Rather than reaching out for your favorite burgers and chips, switch to a liquid or soft foods diet. Take a look below to see some of the various options you can choose from during the first week of braces.

Breakfast Options

  • Soft Scrambled Eggs
  • Breakfast Smoothie (without berries or seeds)
  • Oatmeal
  • Pancakes
  • Muffins
  • Pudding

Lunch Options

  • Mac and Cheese
  • Porridge
  • Boiled Pasta
  • Egg Salad
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Tuna Sandwich

Dinner Menu

  • Chili
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Rice
  • Broth / Stew
  • Polenta
  • French Fries
  • Cottage Cheese


  • Apple Sauce
  • Frozen Yogurt
  • Fruit Pudding
  • Bananas
  • Soft Fruits
  • Jell-O
  • Ice Cream

Foods Not to Eat With Braces

While it’s important to know safe foods to have with braces, it is just as important to know what to avoid. Mentioned below are a handful of food items you should stay away from with braces, especially during the first week of getting them.

  • Popcorn
  • Potato Chips
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Fried Chicken
  • Nuts
  • Hard Pizza Crust
  • Taffy
  • Bubblegum
  • Hard Candy
  • Gummy Candy
  • Ice Cubes
  • Corn on the Cob

Closing Words

Even though eating with braces in the first week can seem like a hassle, it’s important that you eat something that doesn’t set off another wave of pain. Despite the soreness and irritation, there are many soft food options you can try. Just make sure to avoid foods that are hard, crunchy, or chewy in any way.

Even foods that have seeds can be harmful with braces since the tiny seeds can get stuck between the metal wires and rubber bands. Nevertheless, for more information and post-treatment instructions, get in touch with The Dental People at (281) 769-7648 today!



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