You know how you can’t bite into an apple when you have braces, or enjoy hard or sticky foods? This can be a frustrating experience when you first get your braces, especially if you are used to a certain diet and are interested in eating cleanly and freely.

The good thing is that you can still eat smart when you get braces–in fact, it’s recommended! Eating a healthy diet will help you maintain equally as healthy gums and teeth in the process. Here’s a list of clean, smart foods you can (and should!) eat when you have braces.

Fruits and veggies, sliced or blended

  • Sliced apples and carrots
  • Whole bananas
  • Hearty, leafy greens like spinach and kale
  • Canned fruit
  • Avocado
  • Berries
  • Cooked vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower
  • Peppers
  • And more!

Dairy and/or nut milks for calcium and protein

  • Nut milks like almond or cashew
  • Soft cheeses
  • Yogurt
  • Eggs

Whole grains for fibre

  • Barley
  • Brown rice
  • Soft whole wheat breads
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal