There’s something about Memorial Day that makes us crave hearty foods and tasty drinks as we honor the brave men and women who served our country through their loyal sacrifice. We memorialize these heroes by partaking in BBQs and cookouts that are dedicated to their service. Although avoiding certain foods may seem in poor taste, those with braces should steer clear of certain foods to keep their hardware healthy.
Bar-B-Que and other sweet n savory sauces usually contain loads of sugar. Similar to soda products, this “liquid gold” easily invades hard-to-reach pockets in someone’s braces. When the sugar sauce settles on brackets, it all but ensures a trip to the orthodontist for a tune up.
Corn on the Cob
A scrumptious but forbidden treat for those with braces! Corn on the cob is hard to eat without mouth hardware (could you pass the toothpicks please?) but eating it with braces is almost crazy! No matter how careful you are, corn on the cob demands that you scrape your brackets against the kernels. It’s not only messy, but could end in an emergency visit to our office! If you cannot resist some buttered corn, use a knife to cut off kernels and eat them like peas.
Ribs & Other Tough Meats
With braces, biting down hard on any glob of food can detach a bracket or bend a wire. That’s why it’s important to stay away from ribs and other meats that can be rough on your appliances. If you want some smoked ribs or brisket, cut up the meat into bite-sized pieces first. Remember: the less work your mouth has to do, the better it is for the health of your smile!
We recommend avoiding all kinds of delicious treats to keep your appliances in check. From chocolate covered pretzels to ice cold popsicles, these treats contain a lot of sugar that can lead to cavities (since it is hard to brush your teeth with braces) or to you breaking a wire.
To avoid an impromptu visit to our office, stick with soft foods and low-sugar drinks this coming Memorial Day.
There are plenty of options for you to choose from including:
- Mashed potatoes
- Mac n cheese
- Chicken (cut)
- Hot dogs
Speaks Orthodontics would like to take this time to thank all those who have served and are currently serving in the United States military. Thank you for your service.