One of the most common questions we get when someone is considering braces is , “Do braces hurt?”. If you know much about braces, you know at the beginning of your treatment there can sometimes be a little discomfort, which means you may not be as comfortable eating certain foods as you would at other times. Even if you didn’t just start treatment, there are some foods you’ll have to say “no” to during your time in standard metal braces. But just because you have braces doesn’t mean you can’t eat any good food throughout your entire treatment time!

in our continued effort to look out for you, our amazing patient, we have compiled some of our favorite braces-friendly recipes that you can enjoy while wearing braces!


Regular crunchy pretzels might be a no while you are in braces, but how about some delicious, warm soft pretzels?

What you’ll need: 

  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 package dry active yeast
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Approximately 4 ½ cups flour
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter, melted
  • 10 cups water
  • ⅔ cup baking soda
  • 1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • Vegetable oil for pan
  • Pretzel salt (sea salt works well, too)

What to do: 

Mix together water, sugar and kosher salt in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle the yeast on top. Let the mixture sit until foamy, approximately 5 minutes. Add flour and butter and mix until combined. Knead the dough until smooth, either by hand or by mixing on medium speed with an electric mixer until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Remove the dough and clean the bowl, then oil it with vegetable oil. Return the dough to the bowl, cover it and allow it to sit in a warm place for about 50 minutes, or until it has doubled in size.

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Line sheet pan with parchment paper and lightly brush it with oil.
Add 10 cups of water and baking soda to a saucepan and bring to a rolling boil.
While waiting for the water to boil, turn the dough out on a lightly floured work surface, dividing dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a rope, approximately 24 inches long. Then shape into a pretzels – make a U shape, then holding the ends, cross them over each other and press them into the bottom of the U.
One by one, boil each pretzels for about 30 seconds. Return them to the sheet pan and brush each with egg yolk and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.


Whether you have braces as an adult, teen, or child, you’re allowed to indulge your sweet tooth a little with this delicious (and easy to make!) smoothie.

What you’ll need: 

  • 1 ½ cups coconut water
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple, in chunks
  • 2 bananas, in slices
  • 2 cups orange juice

What to do: 

Blend ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!


You may not be able to eat your favorite potato chips, but who needs those when you’ve got the ultimate loaded baked potato recipe to enjoy? This recipe makes enough for the entire family to enjoy!

What you’ll need: 

  • 4 large potatoes
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup chopped chives
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices of crispy bacon, crumbled
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Use a fork to poke small holes throughout the potato, then wrap tightly in foil. Bake for an hour, or until soft. Unwrap the potatoes and cut slits lengthwise. Scoop out the inside of the potato into a medium bowl. Mix the potato with butter, sour cream, green onions whites, chives, half of the cheese and half of the bacon. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon the filling back into the potato skins. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and return to oven until melted. Top with green onions and remaining bacon and enjoy!