Can you eat empanadas with braces? [Explained]

Knowing what you can eat while you have braces is important to a successful and pleasant experience with your braces. You may wonder whether you can eat empanadas with braces.

This is really a fair question to ask. It seems like a harmless food. This article will discuss whether or not empanadas are ok to eat with braces and provide guidance on how to clean your teeth with braces.

Can you eat empanadas with braces?

Yes, you can eat empanadas with braces on. However, we suggest avoiding fried empanadas if possible. Instead, stick with baked empanadas. Avoid biting into your empanadas, instead break them into smaller bite-sized pieces before placing them in your mouth.

This will ensure that you don’t tear into empanadas by pulling at them with your teeth.

The usually soft doughy shell of the empanada can cause discomfort if this is your first week with braces on.

Apart from that if you’ve recently had a re-adjustment of your braces then eating empanadas can be slightly painful but not harmful to your braces.

As with all foods, bits and pieces of the empanadas will be leftover in your mouth. Follow the below tips to keep your mouth and braces clean.

Tips to keep your braces clean after eating empanadas

Once you are done with your braces, you will undoubtedly have a better smile.

But during the entire treatment process, it is important to take care of your oral hygiene. Here are some tips to prevent bad breath and plaque from building up during your treatment.

Use a gentle toothbrush.

It is critical to clean the upper section of your teeth between your brackets and gums. To clean the enamel correctly, the toothbrush bristles must come in contact with the gums. Choose a brush with softer bristles to prevent irritating your gums, and slant the brush so that it meets with your gums. This will also remove any empanada particles stuck closer to your gums.

Brush your teeth after each meal.

Brace wires collect empanadas particles, and cleaning often helps to avoid plaque. We recommend bringing a travel toothbrush with you.

If you don’t have one, then rinse for 30 seconds with water. Brushing after eating acidic meals is an exception.

Use only a small amount of toothpaste.

Toothpaste foam might make it more difficult to notice plaque and leftover empanada particles. Begin cleaning your teeth with a moist toothbrush to clean around the brackets and between the wires. Rather than scraping, employ a precise picking motion. Then, continue scrubbing with a pea-sized quantity of toothpaste.

Brush your teeth for two minutes.

Spend 30 seconds on each of the four corners of the mouth: upper right, lower right, upper left, and lower left. Clean both the outside and inside of your teeth. Set a timer to ensure that you brush for at least two minutes. This will ensure all empanada particles are removed from your braces.

Make use of a floss threader or a Waterpik. Flossing is one of the most difficult aspects of braces dental care. Tying floss to a threader makes guiding it through the wire simpler. To remove more plaque, use a sawing motion. Consider obtaining a Waterpik water flosser as well. It flosses quickly and easily and cleans with a spray of water.

At night, rinse your mouth with mouthwash. Look for a fluoride mouthwash that is anti-cavity and protects the enamel. A one-minute rinse can help remove any leftover particles. Check the mirror for any missed empanada particles once you’ve rinsed.


Having empanadas while having your braces on is perfectly okay, so long as you clean your mouth and braces afterward using the tips mentioned in this article.

Otherwise, you run the risk of bad odor and plaque build-up which can be easily avoided with good oral hygiene habits.