The Best Foods To Eat During Your Braces Treatment

Yes, it is sadly true that during your braces treatment, there are limitations on what you can eat. While many are reluctant to give up their favorite foods, the sacrifice for the time with braces is well worth the long-lasted smile which will be achieved. Many patients are also ill-informed on what foods are restricted with braces and believe the list is longer than it actually is. The truth is, there are many alternatives and foods still available to eat with braces! Dr. Deborah Himelhoch of Smiles in Framingham is here to share exactly what foods are allowed while having braces and what the best foods to eat during your braces treatment are near Marlborough, MA.


Why are some foods limited?

Before diving into the list of foods which should be avoided and the list of the best foods to eat during your braces treatment, Dr. Himelhoch believes it is important for patients to know why these foods should be avoided. The three main food groups which should be avoided with braces are hard foods, sticky foods, and chewy foods. These foods should be avoided because they are can break your braces which can cause pain to the patient. These food groups can also get easily stuck in your braces and be difficult and sometimes painful to get out. Softer foods also soothe your braces if they are pained and can bring comfort to a patient.

What foods should be avoided?

The three main food groups which should be avoided while treatment with braces are hard foods, sticky foods, and chewy foods. Some of the main dishes included in these categories which should be avoided are:

  • Gum
  • Popcorn
  • Ice
  • Caramel
  • Pretzels
  • Raw vegetables
  • Steak
  • Hard candies

However, some of these foods do not have to be completely avoided. Foods such as vegetables, steak, and pretzels can be broken or cut up into smaller pieces and then eaten.

What are the best foods to eat during your braces treatment?

While many patients focus on the negatives and what foods to avoid, there are many delicious options for foods which can be eaten and actually helpful towards braces. The best foods to eat during your braces treatment near Marlborough, MA include:

  • Bananas
  • Yogurt
  • Soup
  • Cheese
  • Pasta
  • Mashed Potatoes

There are also many complete dishes which can still be enjoyed during your braces treatment. Some of these delicious meals include:

  • Lasagna: Lasagna is a great dinner because it provides many food groups in one dish, is tasty, and is soft on your braces.
  • Grilled Chicken and vegetables: While meat from a bone can cause damage to your braces, meat and chicken which is boneless can be eaten. Chicken pairs nicely with vegetables, such as broccoli, which are also good for your braces.
  • Chicken Noodle Soup: Chicken noodle soup gives you many needed nutrients because of the chicken and vegetables which are included. Soup is also a filling and tasty meal and will not damage your braces.

Dr. Himelhoch wants to make sure that each and every one of our patients with braces, and even those without, eats healthy and gets enough daily nutrients. Along with this, it is important to be careful of the foods you eat during your treatment with braces as some can damage your braces or prolong your treatment. However, there are many foods which are great in nutrition, taste delicious, and are good for your braces. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Deborah Himelhoch and Smiles in Framingham near Marlborough, MA, please visit our office or call us today at 508-872-0555.


To all my wonderful patients and their families:


The greatest pleasures of my career are watching children grow strong and healthy and seeing smiles become more beautiful. It has been a tremendous privilege to be a part of that growth and transformation. Now, however, it is time for me to slow down and share the care of my patients.


Starting in September 2022, Smiles in Framingham will merge with Moynihan Dental Specialists. I will remain with the practice, but will reduce my hours and give up administrative responsibilities. The wonderful team of people you and I have come to rely on will be staying. They will continue to help care for you. There will also be new faces, new people who will get to know and care for and about you.


Dr. Michael Moynihan is a second generation dentist and orthodontist practicing in Framingham. Dr. Mike, as he is known, is on the faculty of Boston University in the department of orthodontics. We spent two years as teaching partners supervising the Boston University orthodontic residents as they treated special needs children at Franciscan Hospital for Children. It was during that time I came to appreciate both how skilled Dr. Mike is and how much he cares about his patients. I retired from teaching prior to the pandemic, but Dr. Mike still puts much of his time and energy into teaching the next generation of orthodontists.


I met Dr. Daniel Moynihan when he was my student in 2017. Even at that time he was one of my most conscientious students. He cares deeply about all of his patients and I am proud to be associated with him. Dr. Dan is highly skilled with all aspects of orthodontics, including treatment using Invisalign and other aligners.


Dr. Katherine Moynihan and Dr. Christine Chiao are other members of the Moynihan team. Dr. Katherine Moynihan finished her orthodontic training at Boston University in 2021. Dr. Christine Chiao is a pediatric dentist, who also teaches at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine.


Life is an adventure with many chapters, twists, and turns. I enter this chapter of my life looking forward to what comes next and feeling some sadness that this phase of my life is changing. For now, we will be keeping all appointments as scheduled. We will contact you individually about any appointment changes. All orthodontic contracts will be honored with care provided by the orthodontists. I have every confidence that the doctors of Moynihan Dental Specialists will provide you with excellent care for many years to come.


My very best wishes to all of you,


Dr. Deborah Himelhoch