Sometimes it may seem like there are more foods kids can’t or shouldn’t eat while wearing braces in Gainesville than braces-friendly foods. With the start of school just around the corner, Studio32 Orthodontics provides ideas and tips to help you make sure your child enjoys every meal of the day throughout the school year!
Soft foods are the name of the game for braces-approved foods, and many breakfast favorites fit snugly into this category. Cooked eggs, whether prepared over easy or scrambled, are ready in a matter of minutes and can be paired with oatmeal, pancakes, or soft toast for a filling meal to start the day. If your child prefers cereal each morning, choose a cereal that becomes soft when milk is added. Smoothies are quick to prepare and make a great breakfast addition. Simply add your child’s favorite fruits, such as bananas, apples, and strawberries, in the blender and whip up a healthy breakfast for busy school mornings!
Packed & School Lunches
When it comes to packing school lunches, most parents choose foods that are both healthy and easy to put together. For children with braces, there are plenty of convenient and healthy options available. For sandwiches — made without chewy or crusty bread — go with chicken, egg salad, tuna salad, or deli meats. Most salad sandwiches include diced vegetables such as celery or onions that may need to be cut into even smaller pieces to be braces-friendly. Deli meats provide a little sandwich variety but it’s best to stick with soft slices such as chicken and turkey. If your child eats lunch at school, remind them that it’s OK to eat cooked vegetables, pastas, and vegetables along with most soups.
Dinners For Any Day
After a busy day at school and work, planning dinner might be done in a matter of minutes using what's available in the fridge. For meat-based entrees, use soft and/or slow-cooked cuts for easier chewing. Casseroles with pasta and vegetables need to be thoroughly cooked to ensure every bite is soft to chew and won’t cause pain for kids with braces. Meatloaf with mashed potatoes is a popular dinner idea that’s friendly for braces, Invisalign, and young palates!
Snacks & Desserts
Desserts are definitely still an option, according to Dr. Mullally, a Gainesville orthodontist with Studio32 Orthodontics! While your child’s favorite dessert might not be braces-friendly, there are plenty of new dessert options to try that might become a new favorite. Puddings and yogurts are creamy and smooth, but be aware of the sugar content before indulging.