How to Eat an Apple If You Have Braces

Two Methods:Creating Manageable PiecesSoftening the Apple

Braces can limit your food options because you need to avoid things that are too hard or sticky. You definitely do not want to bite into a whole apple if you have braces, but luckily there are plenty of ways you can still enjoy this delicious and healthy fruit.

Method 1
Creating Manageable Pieces

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    Core and dice the apple. The most straightforward way to eat an apple when you have braces is simply to cut it into small chunks. First, use an apple corer to remove the core and separate the apple into wedges. Then, cut the wedges into small chunks and enjoy.
    • The smaller the chunks, the less likely you will be to damage your braces. Aim for pieces that measure one half inch or less in all directions.
    • Choose apples that can stand straight up and don't slant to the side for an easier time coring.
    • Place the apple on a cutting board for coring. A flat plate will work too, but don't choose an expensive plate.
    • Apply slow but steady pressure to the corer with both hands until it passes all the way through the apple.
    • You can chop up an apple without a corer by simply cutting it into quarters, slicing out the core with your knife, and continuing to chop the apple into smaller pieces. This will take a bit longer and you will need to be especially careful not to cut yourself.
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    Shave the apple. If you have a mandoline, you can use it to create thin apple slices that will be easy to eat with braces. Simply slide the apple over the mandoline blade and let it do all the work for you.[1]
    • Cut the apple in half first so you have a flat surface to begin slicing.
    • You do not have to remove the core to slice your apple, but if you choose to, be sure to use an apple corer that will not separate the apple into slices.
    • Make sure to follow all the instructions for safe use of your mandoline, and always use the hand guard if it has one.
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    Create apple noodles. The spiralizer is another cool kitchen gadget that can help make apples more manageable for people with braces. Simply follow the instructions for inserting the apple into your spiralizer, turn the handle, and you will have thin strips of apple that look just like spaghetti.[2]
    • Eat your apple noodles with a fork or with your fingers.
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    Grate the apple. If you want super small apple pieces, try shredding it with a grater. When you're finished, place your grated apple in a bowl and use a fork or spoon to eat it.
    • If your grater stands up on its own, place one hand on top of the grater to keep it steady, and use the other hand to guide the apple over the blades.
    • If your grater has a handle, hold it at an angle against the cutting board with the blades facing up and use your other hand to guide the apple back and forth over the blades.
    • Once you get to the core, turn the apple around and continue grating the other sides.
    • Be careful not to get your fingers too close to grater. You might not be able to grate the entire apple.
    • Make sure you do this over a cutting board or a large plate. It is likely to make a bit of a mess.
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    Preserve your apple pieces. No matter how you cut up an apple, it will start to turn brown very quickly if you don't eat it right away. If you want to save your cut-up apple for later, splash some lemon juice on it and store it in an airtight container.
    • Cut-up apples can last in the refrigerator for three to four days. Just because they have turned a bit brown does not mean they are not still good to eat.[3]
    • Using a vacuum sealer to store your apple pieces will also help keep them fresh.

Method 2
Softening the Apple

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    Bake the apple. For a delicious apple treat that is easy to chew, try baking sliced apples in the oven for about 30 minutes. Enjoy while still warm.
    • Baked apple is especially delicious when topped with a little bit of cinnamon.
    • You can also microwave your apple slices for a few minutes for similar results without the wait.
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    Make applesauce. Apple sauce is a great soft food to enjoy when your mouth is sore. There are lots of store-bought options to choose from, or you can make your own at home by combining apples, water, and a few other simple ingredients in a sauce pan or crockpot. You'll find lots of simple recipes online.[4]
    • No matter what you use to make your apple sauce, you will want to peel, core, and dice your apples.
    • Depending on the recipe you follow, you might add ingredients like lemon juice, cinnamon, honey, sugar, or maple syrup to your apple sauce. Try a few variations and decide what you like best.
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    Juice the apple. If you're craving an apple, but your mouth hurts too much to eat anything, you can still enjoy some delicious apple juice! Buy some at the store or make it at home.
    • If you have a juice extractor, all you need to do is cut up your apples and feed them into the machine. Be careful not to put your fingers or any foreign objects into the juicer.
    • You can also experiment with adding other fruits and vegetables, like cucumbers, kale, carrots, pineapple, or oranges, to your apple juice. You can invent your own recipes or search online for suggestions.
    • If you don't have a juicer, you can also make homemade apple juice or cider by cooking diced up apples in water on your stove top, mashing the apples with a potato masher, and then straining the liquid. Search online for a recipe so you will be sure to get the proportions right.[5]


  • If you want to add a little flavor to your apple, try adding toppings like nut butter, cinnamon, or honey. Avoid sticky toppings like caramel.
  • Make sure to always follow your orthodontist's instructions on what foods to avoid and how to clean your braces after eating.
  • Don't bite hard into the apple pieces, even if they are small. Try to chew with the flat parts of your back teeth to avoid pressure on the brackets and wires.
  • You don't need to peel your apple before eating it, but if you find that the apple skin tends to get stuck in your braces, feel free to do so.


  • Always be careful when handling knives and other kitchen gadgets with blades.

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