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What foods to eat on your first week with braces

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The journey to a flawless smile can be an exhilarating ride, but the first week with braces often poses a few unexpected challenges. 

Here at Lifestyle Dental in Preston, your dental health and comfort are our top priorities. We’ve created this in-depth guide on the optimal diet to embrace during the initial week after getting braces. This comprehensive roadmap aims to minimise discomfort, avoid potential damage to your braces, and ensure a smoother transition to your life with braces.

4 things to eat in your first week of braces

We’ve curated a list of soft foods that are not just kind to your braces but also packed with the essential nutrients your body needs.

Blueberry smoothie bowl


Whether you’re a fan of tropical flavours like pineapple and mango or prefer the classic combo of strawberries and bananas, smoothies are a godsend. Their smooth, liquid texture will prevent strain on your teeth, and the rich nutrient content can help speed up healing. You can even sneak in vegetables like spinach or kale – their taste will be masked by the fruits, but the nutritional benefits won’t! Also, a top tip is to use a straw whenever possible, this will limit the acidic properties of the smoothie causing damage to the tooth surfaces.

Mashed Potatoes

Who says comfort food can’t be healthy? Soft, warm mashed potatoes are easy to eat and gentle on your sore teeth. With a high content of vitamin C and potassium, they are also good for your overall health. Add some low-fat milk and a dollop of butter for taste and texture, and you have a perfect meal that’s brace-friendly.

Scrambled Eggs

Soft, fluffy scrambled eggs are a breakfast staple that is also perfect for those with braces. Not only are they high in protein, but they are also rich in vitamins D and B12, which contribute to healthy teeth and gums. Mix in some cheese for an extra dose of calcium, and voila! You’ve got a nutritious, easy-to-eat meal.


Most types of fish have a soft texture that’s easy to chew and swallow. They are also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which promote heart health. Tuna or salmon can be baked, grilled, or even turned into a soft fish patty for a tasty, braces-friendly meal.

While enjoying these food items, you should actively avoid hard, crunchy, or chewy foods like nuts, hard candies, popcorn, tough meats, and chewy bread like baguettes. These can damage your braces or cause discomfort, especially during the first week and beyond.

Top Tips for navigating the first week with Braces

Woman smiling with new braces

Transitioning to a life with braces requires a few alterations in your daily routine. Here are some essential tips to follow:

  • Stay Hydrated: Hydration is vital for overall health, but it becomes even more important when you wear braces. Water helps to rinse away food particles that may get stuck in your braces and aids in producing saliva, which plays a crucial role in maintaining oral health.
  • Eat Smaller Portions: Chewing large pieces of food can put pressure on your braces and cause discomfort. Instead, cut your food into small, manageable pieces and take your time eating. Remember, there’s no rush!
  • Use a Soft Toothbrush: Brushing your teeth with braces requires care. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently to avoid hurting your gums or damaging your braces. Also, consider using a fluoride toothpaste for added protection against cavities.
  • Regular Dental Check-ups: Regular check-ups at our clinic in Preston are essential to ensure your braces are working as intended and your oral health is at its best. Remember, we’re here to support you on this journey.

With these food suggestions and top tips, your first week with braces should be a breeze. We’re committed to making your dental health journey comfortable and easy. 

Feel free to contact us anytime if you have any questions.

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Dr. Nadim Majid qualified from Liverpool Dental school in 2001 and since then has worked in Lancashire for a number of years. He decided to undertake a career in dentistry as he found it was a good mix of science and art and also gave him the ability to help people and make a difference for them.

This really hit home when he worked in a nursing home for a short time and actually saw the impact upon the health and well being of patients whom had lost their teeth the impact was significant on the general health and well being and this is something Dr. Majid wanted to make sure he helped others avoid.

Dr. Majid is trained in hypnosis, sedation for nervous people, dental implants as well as braces. He lives in Lancashire with his two children (twins) and his wife who is a teacher. Dr. Majid has always and will continue to be focused on producing top quality services that his patients have come to expect and appreciate.