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Summer Snacks: What You Should and Shouldn’t Eat with Braces

June 20, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — sbworcester @ 11:57 pm
Table in backyard filled with foods and drinks

Many summer activities – from hanging out by the pool to relaxing on the beach – just wouldn’t be the same without seasonal foods and drinks. If you recently started your orthodontic treatment, you might be wondering what summer foods you can eat with braces while perusing your next family BBQ or while packing your snack bag. If so, keep reading!

6 Braces-Friendly Summer Foods

The good news is that there are lots of summer staples that can be fully enjoyed with braces. That includes:

  • Macaroni salad
  • French fries
  • Deviled eggs
  • Pudding
  • Jello
  • Beans

Basically, you want to stick to foods that are soft and low in added sugar. That way, they are easy to chew and don’t increase your risk of developing an oral health problem, like tooth decay.

6 Foods You Should Avoid with Braces

At first, steering clear of crunchy, hard, and sticky foods might seem a bit inconvenient. That said, it’s crucial that you do because – if you don’t – you could wind up with a serious orthodontic emergency. For that reason, we recommend avoiding:

  • Corn on the cob
  • Popcorn
  • Tortilla chips
  • Raw carrots
  • Whole apples
  • Hard pretzels

Remember, Drinking Water Is Important Too!

When the temperature rises and the humidity goes with it, it might be tempting to reach for lemonade, soda, or another drink that is ice-cold and packed with sugar. While enjoying one every so often is certainly fine, it’s a good idea to make water your go-to summer beverage. After all, it’s free of sugar, it won’t stain your teeth, it helps prevent dry mouth, and it will keep you hydrated!

The good news is that – even though you may have to avoid certain foods – braces won’t stop you from enjoying delicious foods and drinks that often come with the warmer months. Plus, if you’re committed to your treatment plan, you could have the straight teeth you’ve always wanted by this time next year!

About the Practice

Our team at Super Braces of Worcester is committed to providing super orthodontic care. For that reason, we do much more than just provide our patients with custom treatment plans – we’re also an ongoing resource and share all of our tips and tricks on how to navigate life with braces! So, if you have any questions for us throughout your teeth-straightening journey, don’t hesitate to reach out. You can also schedule an appointment with us via our website or by phone at (508) 755-2207.

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