When you first get your braces, it can be hard deciding what you can eat and what you can't. There are so many things that you used to eat frequently that aren't allowed anymore. For breakfast, here are five easy foods that you can eat without having to worry about any damage being done to your braces.

1. Scrambled Eggs or Vegetable Frittata

When it comes to breakfast, scrambled eggs are one of the softest things you can eat. This makes it especially great if you have braces. However, if scrambled eggs aren't really your thing or you want to add some vegetables into the mix, then a veggie frittata is perfect. You can even throw in some meat, if you like. Although the eggs are a little more done than they are when they are scrambled, it's still extremely easy to eat with braces and it's healthy!

2. Fruit and/or Vegetable Smoothies

If you're looking for a braces-friendly breakfast option that can give your metabolism and energy a boost first thing in the morning, then a healthy smoothie is a great choice. You can opt for a vegetable smoothie, fruit smoothie or a combination of the two. Choose your favorites, throw them in the blender and you'll be able to quickly and easily create a delicious drink that's packed full of antioxidants and vitamins.

3. Oatmeal

Before you got braces, you may have turned to a crunchy cereal or even a granola bar for breakfast. However, these are not options when you have braces on your teeth because these crunchy foods can dislodge the brackets or snap the wires. Luckily, you can get your dosage of grains and oats in the morning by eating a bowl of oatmeal. If the taste of oatmeal isn't your favorite, make sure to add plenty of butter and sugar to sweeten things up a bit.

4. Berry-Filled Pancakes or Muffins

While pancakes may not necessarily be the healthiest choice in the morning, they are still perfect for people with braces. You can make them a bit healthier by adding some blueberries in the pancake mix. You can do the same thing with breakfast muffins. A great-tasting breakfast muffin to try is one with blueberries and freshly-squeezed orange juice.

5. Jam-Covered Toast

Toast can be a bit crunchy if cooked long enough, but you can slather it in your favorite jam to soften it up. The main thing to avoid here is putting peanut butter on the toast, as this is a big no-no if you have braces. You could always just grab a Pop-Tart out of the pantry if you're in a hurry.

When it comes to breakfast, the most important thing to do is to make sure that the foods you eat aren't going to cause any damage to your braces. If you aren't sure whether a food is safe or not, speak to your orthodontist (such as Dr. Chen) beforehand to avoid any mishaps.

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