Ask anyone who’s had braces and they’ll tell you that braces can make eating a bit of a nightmare. While you have braces you might not be able to eat all the same food, but with a few tips and tricks, you can eat what you like. Plus, when you get your braces off, you’re going to have a great smile!

It’s important to remember that, as time goes on, your teeth will shift, regularly forcing you to adapt your biting and chewing technique. Remember to be patient and keep these tips in mind.

Braces Orem1. Slow down and avoid taking big bites! Our suggestion is to cut your food into small pieces and chew slowly and carefully.

2. Stick to soft foods—at least at the beginning. We promise, you’ll be able to eat chewy and crunchy things you love again soon, but take it easy for a little while. Also, as long as you’ve got your braces on, avoid anything that may break one of your brackets.

3. Leave out nuts, seeds, popcorn, and sticky foods. There’s a very good chance these kinds of foods will get stuck in your brackets and drive you a bit nuts. Sticky foods, on the other hand, will stick to your brackets and be difficult to clean off. Anything that gets stuck in or on your brackets can damage your teeth if you’re not careful and fail to clean your teeth properly.

4. Find a bite that’s comfortable. You might find it difficult or painful to use your front teeth for biting. We suggest trying to use the side of your mouth to bite. It might be a little awkward at first, but as you adjust and get used to your brace you’ll be able to chew normally.

5. Finally, be sure to treat yourself to something cold, like ice cream, popsicles, or frozen yogurt. The cold can temporarily dull the aches and pains from your braces.

Your braces may feel very uncomfortable at first, but, given a little time, you’ll get used to them. After a while, you’ll be a braces veteran who knows all the tricks. And remember, your straight smile will be worth it. Keep these tips in mind and be sure to come to us with any questions or concerns you might have.