Braces Friendly Healthy Snacks

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If your child has recently had braces, they’re probably stressed over aching gums and having to give up bubble gum and all the other chewy snacks they love. You can make the transition easier on your child by keeping plenty of these braces-friendly healthy snacks in the kitchen for them. Perhaps even have a plate of them waiting after the installation as a reward for making it through.

6 Healthy Snacks For Those With Braces


 

  • 1. Cantaloupe

 

Kids with a sweet tooth will love a bowl of cantaloupe slices, and you’ll love that it’s not only full of vitamins and nutrients, it’s also easy to chew and won’t get stuck in the wires.

 

  • 2. Fancy Bread

 

Most grocery stores will have a fairly good selection of bread loaves, such as Italian or ciabatta, that are a good bit more interesting than the stuff you make sandwiches out of. Pick one with a soft crust that you think your child will like, and cut into long, thin slices. Fill a small bowl with something to dip the bread into, like tomato sauce or jam, for a snack platter that the whole family can enjoy.

 

  • 3. Pretzels

 

Pretzels are a treat that won’t leave your kids more hungry, like many sugary treats. There are many different dipping sauces and bread flavors to try with pretzels for an endless amount of variety to satisfy their taste buds.

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  • 4. Blueberries

 

Fresh blueberries can be a tad bitter compared to the blueberry flavoring most children are used to, but all the more reason they should try the real thing. If it’s not blueberry picking season, you can still get a carton of blueberries from the grocery store, and give your child a toothpick with which to skewer a few for a fun treat.

 

  • 5. Cheese

 

Cheddar is usually considered a “hard” cheese, but it’s still soft enough to be chewed easily and is a better option than “soft” cheeses like brie, because the softest cheese will stick to your braces. Cut up and serve with crackers for a classic snack option.

 

  • 6. Yogurt

 

Yogurt is not just a snack for dieters anymore. Easy to chew and swallow, and available in a wide variety of sweet, tasty, flavors, individual cups make yogurt a great option for snacking. You can mix yogurt with other toppings like fresh fruit for a healthy dessert.

 

Finding snacks that won’t damage braces isn’t hard with these ideas. Be sure that your kids are following up on all dental and orthodontic appointments to keep their smile in the best shape. Informational credit to Mar Orthodontics.

 

Guest post written by Anita. Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She mostly writes about home and family, finance, and business. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book.

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  1. I never had braces, but I never thought about the limitations kids might have with eating certain foods, good to know, right now it looks like my kids have straight enough teeth to not need braces, but we’ll see because my youngest has the gap in his teeth from pacifier use. We’ll se if it corrects itself over time.
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    • Thank you so much!!!!I just got braces 2 days ago and am really sad to not eat some of my favorite foods. This was really helpful and i will reference it a lot.

    • I have had my braces for 6 months. The best things to have in hand is pudding or sugar free jello. I don’t agree with cantaloupe or pretzels because they are kinda hard on the wires. (Speaking from experience). Yogurts are the greatest!!! Soft breads still get caught in the brackets but the soups are great. I prefer the tomato soup with crackers broken into it so they soften up. Just a FYI!

  2. As someone who has had braces before I used to eat some of these foods for when my gums really hurt. I liked cheese a lot and blueberries as well. I have some family members who may want braces in the future so I will have to tell them about these tips!

  3. I remember when I had my braces it was a nightmare to eat certain foods. As a kid, I thought that I had a lot of restrictions on foods because of my braces. So, thanks for the list of foods that I can give my kids when they have braces. They love pretzels, so that one will be easy!

  4. I wish that my mother had had access to this article when I had braces! I wouldn’t have thought of opting for pretzels and dipping sauce as a braces-friendly snack. If my kids ever need braces, I’ll keep these snacks in mind; heck, even if they don’t need orthodontic work, I’ll still probably grab some pretzels and yogurt to snack on. Thanks for the article!

  5. Orthodontic braces are used to straighten the teeth, which not only creates a more pleasing appearance, but also helps prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems. Braces are only effective when they are properly cared for, however. Certain foods, for example, are better suited for individuals who have braces, as opposed to hard and sticky foods that can cause damage.

  6. This is such a nice little way to make sure your kid transitions into this hard time smoothly. I like the idea of having little snacks on hand to replace the gummies they would usually enjoy. Braces are such a difficult time because they can be very painful and it is very annoying to have another thing to keep track of but the best thing to do about it, is to work your hardest to help your kids transition past this.
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  7. My son just got braces and both hard and soft pretzels are on the Do Not Eat list. Soft pretzels are too doughy and more likely to get stuck in the braces.

  8. I just got my braces a few days ago, this really helps! I haven’t known what to eat!