Can You Eat Cereal with Braces?

Cereal is a breakfast staple and everyone stocks it and enjoys it without even thinking about it. So, when you get braces, and a long list of forbidden foods follows, it is natural for you to worry about whether you can eat cereal with braces. So, let’s talk about if you can eat cereal with braces, what kinds of cereal you can eat with braces, and what food you can’t eat with braces.

Can you eat cereal with braces?

Yes, you can eat cereal with braces, but not all kinds of cereal. Crunchy cereal is very bad for a person with braces and should be avoided because biting down the wrong way can snap the wires of your braces or even dislodge your braces. Then you’ll have to start your treatment all over again, stretching the time you have to wear braces, and no one wants that.

Since most cereals are crunchy, it may seem like you have to abandon cereal altogether, but that is not necessary. You can eat cereal with braces, you just need to be careful.

Can I eat soggy cereal with braces?

Yes, you can eat soggy cereal with braces. You don’t have to bite hard into them so they pose much less danger than crunchy braces do. Make your cereal with hot water and let the heat soften them. Or make your cereal in warm or cold water or milk and leave it to soak for a few minutes then you can eat it. The cereal will soften as the water gets into it and make it easy for you to eat it with braces. Most people dislike soggy cereal, but if you want to eat cereal with braces on, this is one of the compromises you will have to make.

Can you eat lucky charms cereal with braces?

No, you should not eat lucky charms cereal with braces. Lucky charms are hard, and even when softened in milk, they are quite chewy. Both hard and chewy are bad adjectives when it comes to cereals you can eat with braces on. So, while your orthodontist treatment lasts, it would be best for you to stay away from lucky charms.

Can I Eat Rice Krispies Cereal with Braces?

Yes, you can eat rice Krispies with braces. Flake cereals like rice Krispies are the recommended cereal to eat with braces on. This is not to be confused with rice crispy treats because those ones are hard and are not taken with milk which is very bad as they can snap the wires of your braces.

Can you eat soft cereal with braces?

Yes, you can eat soft cereal with braces on. you shouldn’t have to go off cereals for breakfast completely because you have braces on. So, it’s a good thing there are soft cereals you can eat, like puffed wheat, rice cereals, cream of wheat, and other soft hot cereals.

Can you eat cereal bars with braces?

No, you cannot eat cereal bars with braces on. They are hard, and biting down on them can cause the wires of your braces to snap and make your braces less efficient, causing you to wear them for a longer period.

What type of cereal can you eat with braces?

You can eat hot soft cereals like rice cereals, cream of wheat, puffed wheat, and oatmeal. These cereals are cleared to eat with braces because they are eaten hot and the heat makes them soft. Hot cereals don’t need you to chew and they don’t affect your braces.

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Cereal with Braces

What can’t you eat with braces?

Here’s a list of food you can’t eat with braces;

Chewy food like:

  • Taffy
  • Licorice
  • Beef jerky
  • Jelly beans
  • Gum
  • Caramel
  • Toffee
  • Fudge

Hard food like:

  • Nuts
  • Hard cereals; lucky charms, cap’n crunch, raisin bran, etc.
  • Granola bars
  • Hard candies
  • Peanuts
  • Ice chips
  • Popcorn
  • Nut-like cereals

Crunchy food like:

  • Carrots
  • Chips; Doritos, Cheetos, Takis, tortilla chips, etc.
  • Apples

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Other foods like:

  • Corn on the cob
  • Sticky candy
  • Hard bread crusts
  • Hard pretzels
  • Hard taco shells
  • Hard cookies
  • Whole pickles
  • Pizza crust
  • Cereals with added sugar
  • Croutons
  • Baguettes
  • Candy apples
  • Milk duds
  • Candy corn

The food you have to avoid when you have braces on may seem like all your favorites in one list. But spending a short period of your life eating soft and non-sugary foods is a great barter in exchange for great teeth. Be careful while you have braces on, and you will soon have a great smile to show OFF.

By Luong Tan

Luong Tan, the creative and passionate founder of Bourbono, is a multi-talented individual with a deep love for the culinary arts. An accomplished food blogger, cookbook author, and former Ambassador of US cuisine in Vietnam (2015-2016), Luong has been on a mission to share his appreciation for food with the world.

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