Modern dad with dental braces having fun with his kids eating hamburgers with french fries at trendy fast food restaurant

Many people fret at the thought of having to stick to a limited selection of foods when they get braces. While it’s true you’ll have to avoid sticky or crunchy foods while you have braces to prevent the brackets and wires from or breaking, it doesn’t mean you won’t have any good food during your treatment. You can even enjoy delicious meals from your favorite restaurants right here in Charleston.

Leon’s Oyster Shop

This hip eaterie joined the Charleston food scene in 2014 and is a favorite for young locals and families. If you’re in the middle of orthodontic treatment with braces and want to enjoy a tasty meal from Leon’s Oyster Shop, you’re in luck. The staple menu item of raw oysters is meant to go right down the hatch, so you won’t have to worry about your braces. Other braces-friendly menu items from this chic establishment include the scalloped potatoes, Crab Louie salad, and soft-serve ice cream.

Brown Dog Deli

Depending on which location you venture to, you may find different menu items available. But both shops offer lots of delectable braces-friendly food items for you to chow down on, such as their vegan mac and cheese, Hair of the Dog fries, and egg scrambles. You can also get some sweet refreshment with their fun flavors of smoothies and acai bowls.


When you make a visit to Husk, you can expect the unexpected thanks to their rotating menu. This restaurant is all about fresh ingredients and spectacular flavors. And while their menu changes to include fresh, seasonal ingredients, you can find some favorite menu items that are safe for your braces, such as their shrimp and grits.

Le Farfalle

Yes, you can still go out for a fancy Italian restaurant experience when you have braces. In fact, pasta is one of the safest types of food you can enjoy while you have braces due to the soft texture. You can also enjoy other delicious food items with braces when you visit Le Farfalle, like their local Mahi Mahi and caesar salad. Just be sure to skip the croutons!

Eli’s Table

As a premier brunch destination in Charleston, Eli’s Table offers a yummy spread of unique dishes that will leave you satisfied. There are lots of braces-friendly items you can find on their menu, such as their sweet potato pancakes, crab cakes, shrimp and grits, omelets.

This is just a sampling of some of the best options for braces-friendly meals if you want to enjoy a meal out while you are in orthodontic treatment. If you have Invisalign, you won’t need to worry about restricting your diet to softer foods, but you should still be careful while you go out to eat. In particular, you don’t want to forget to take your aligners out and store them safely in a case so you don’t lose them.

While you may be nervous about how your orthodontic treatment will affect how you enjoy food, you can enjoy plenty of delicious foods while you get your perfect smile. Contact Charleston Orthodontic Specialists today to learn more!