Braces can truly be a blessing and a curse. Your decision to get braces to improve your smile will be one you are grateful for down the road. But when it prevents you from eating caramel corn and gummy bears… it may not seem like your wisest decision. Below is a list of 5 delicious, indulgent foods for when you have braces. They’re great for if you are ever feeling any discomfort from your braces or even if you’re just craving some foods off the ‘can’t have cause you have braces’ list.
Pass the mashed potatoes
Buttery, golden mashed potatoes are both soft and savory. You’ll get the salt you are craving from off-limits foods like hard snack chips. Be careful to brush afterwards because starches lingering in your mouth will turn into sugar and will wreak havoc on your teeth.
Chocolate pudding, please
Calcium-rich pudding anyone? Get creative and top with sliced soft fruit like bananas. You can also try blending it with yogurt for a delicious smoothie treat that will give your chompers some much needed rest. Good for breakfast or dessert!
Pasta, pasta, and more pasta
We know, another starch. But soft pastas are a girl and guys best friend when you have braces. They’re soft and easy to eat and won’t get easily stuck in wires. Pro tip? Add a meatball or two. Meatballs (and meatloaf) are better alternatives than steak when you have braces because they aren’t as stringy and prone to become lodged in your braces.
Crab cakes, ahoy!
Most seafood that is white and flakey will be a safe option when you have braces. Crab cakes are a great option because they really feel like a treat instead of something you ‘have’ to eat because you’re stuck with braces. Our advice? Try this Baltimore Crab Cake recipe from Epicurious.
Avocados and/or guacamole
I know what you’re thinking… what’s the fun of guacamole without the chips? Instead try spreading guacamole on soft flour tortillas. Another idea would be to cut up avocados into large chunks and serve on top of scrambled eggs (which are very easy on braces) along with some fresh salsa.
Are you still thinking that giving up on some of your favorite foods seems like a bridge too far for your new smile? Town and Country Family Dentistry offers alternatives to traditional braces such as Invisalign. With Invisalign treatment, you can easily remove your aligners to eat and drink to your hearts content! Learn more about your options by visiting Dr. Mandefro’s Braces page here. Our team will work with you to find the best treatment plan for your smile goals.