5 Braces-Friendly Foods Approved By Your Orthodontist In Wheaton
Your Wheaton orthodontist knows how difficult it is to forgo all the snacks you’re used to eating when you have braces. Whether you’re an adolescent patient or an adult patient, foods like popcorn, gum, granola, pizza crust, and almonds are all off limits. While you’re wearing braces, your orthodontist in Wheaton suggests refraining from almost anything hard and crunchy, including celery and carrots, peanuts and cashews, pretzel rods and Cheetos, and more. You don’t have to just stick to soft, bland, tasteless food for the entirety of your treatment. Your orthodontist in Wheaton knows there are bolder, tasty foods that are braces-friendly! Here are 5 of your orthodontist-approved foods.
Twice Baked Potatoes
Twice baked potatoes are an orthodontist approved treat, because it is not so crunchy that it will hurt your braces, and includes savory flavors like sour cream, cheese, and chives. Your orthodontist in Wheaton gives this dish a thumbs up as one of the best foods for braces, because it gives a great alternative option for the classic mashed potato dish, and provides a little extra crunch for those who are craving salty snack foods.
Avocado Pasta Salad
The temptation of chips and guacamole at your local Mexican restaurant may be strong, but your orthodontist will tell you it’s not worth damaging your braces. Instead, try an avocado pasta salad, which is a soft, cold pasta salad that includes the tastes of your favorite Mexican treat. Tomatoes and avocado dressing along with chilled pasta topped with crumbled bacon. And don’t worry, that crumbled bacon is safe for braces! You get all of the flavors of this traditional appetizer without jeopardizing your treatment. As an added benefit, the coldness of this dish could be soothing to your mouth following an adjustment.
Meatball Sub Casserole
Crusty bread is definitely on the “do not eat list” and that means no more big-as-your-mouth meatball subs. However, Meatball sub casserole is a great alternative to alleviate your crusty bread craving, without damaging your braces. By baking the Italian bread with sauce, cheese, and meatballs, it softens the bread enough so it won’t damage the braces. We recommend patients cutting the bread into smaller pieces so less of the sandwich gets stuck in braces wires.
Homemade Cheese Straws
Your orthodontist knows Cheetos are another dense snack temptation that can hurt your carefully tuned orthodontic devices. Luckily, there’s an alternative: homemade cheese straws made from puff pastry and Parmesan cheese. These snacks are braces friendly, because they have a light, flaky crunch that won’t damage orthodontic equipment, braces, or wires.
Chipotle Tomato Chicken Soup
Chipotle tomato chicken soup is a zesty alternative to tomato soup and it’s an orthodontist favorite. This variation on tomato soup adds just enough kick to make it perfect “comfort food” after an adjustment. Coconut milk and cilantro give this tomato soup an extra interesting flavor. Add roasted chicken or tomato chunks to add a little protein and fiber to your lunch. Get the meal here.
Are you ready to get a smile you can be proud to flash? Contact our office and find an experienced and caring orthodontist in Wheaton. Our office is accepting patients at Bauer Dentistry and Orthodontics. Call us at 630-665-5550 to schedule a consultation and tour of our office.