No Food List

Eating with Braces

It’s not going to be easy at first, and in the beginning foods you can eat will be limited. You’ll want to stick to foods that are soft, fluffy and easily mashed up. Pancakes, oatmeal, bananas, soups, cooked vegetables, applesauce, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, and soft ice cream – just to suggest a few. Stay away from foods that are hard, crunchy, sticky or tough.

Foods to Avoid

  • Sticky – gum, caramel, tootsie rolls, peanut butter, toffee
  • Hard – apples, carrots and other raw vegetables
  • Crunchy – popcorn, chips
  • Tough – bagels, corn on the cob, sandwiches, steak, ribs

There are a few tricks around some problem foods. You can cook your vegetables to make them softer, cut your corn off the cob, and slice apples and sandwiches into small, bite sized pieces.

If you’re in doubt about a particular food, ask the doctor.