Got Braces? What to Avoid and What to Eat this Summer

[:en]Foods to eat with braces this summer

It’s officially grilling season where you can enjoy all the BBQ you could ever desire, but sometimes, what’s on the menu doesn’t match up with what’s best for your teeth, especially if you have braces. While there are many things to eat this summer, find out the main foods to avoid with braces and discover some tasty alternatives to keep your perfect smile.

Things to Avoid

It’s no secret that to get braces off as soon as possible, you want to avoid damaging them. Skip casualties such as bending wires, popping off brackets or getting things stuck in your braces by avoiding these foods:

Popcorn – While popcorn is the ultimate carnival snack, the havoc popcorn kernels cause could set you back a long while when it comes to getting your braces off. Skip the risk unless you go for hulless popcorn.
Corn on the Cob – As delicious as this BBQ staple is, spending hours getting corn out of your teeth is not worth it.
Beef Jerky – Don’t risk snapping your bands. Say no to beef jerky and any other tough meats.
Ice – Terrible for your teeth in general, ice is especially bad for the brackets on your braces.
Sticky Sweets – Despite how tasty rice krispie treats, caramel and marshmallows are, avoid them this summer to prevent getting things stuck in in your braces.

Enjoy Some Alternatives

It may be hard to say goodbye to some of your favorite summer foods, but remember, it’s only temporary. In the meantime, find alternatives that are just as good, if not better.

Hulless popcorn – Technically there’s no such thing as totally hulless, but you can come pretty close with the help of virtually hulless popcorn, which has less hard shell-like pieces that will get stuck in your braces.
Corn Off the Cob – Enjoy the taste of fresh corn on the cob without the mess by cutting the kernels off and eating them separately.
Ice Cream – Keep cool with the help of ice cream.
Slushies and Popsicles – Another great alternative to ice, cool off with a slushie or popsicle, but skip the extra sugar and try making these with natural fruit.
Soft Fruits – While you can always cut up hard fruits like an apple, try some tropical soft fruit like melon, bananas or kiwi.

Summer foods aside, it is always good to know what foods are good and bad for your dental health. Ask your dentist at Smile Workshop what foods are best for your braces.

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