Summer is the perfect season to try new recipes and enjoy dinners with friends and families. However, orthodontic patients need to be mindful of what they eat to prevent damage to their braces. Here are some summer tips to make sure your orthodontic treatment remains successful.
Stick to Soft Foods
Orthodontic patients should try to stick to soft or mashed foods while wearing braces. This is especially important during the summer months when the hotter weather makes it more tempting to enjoy frozen treats. For summer options, try a smoothie, frozen yogurt, soft fruits, or ice cream.
Avoid Sugary and Sticky Foods
Sugary and sticky foods are bad news for orthodontic patients, as they can cause damage to the braces and cause cavities. It is best to avoid candy, gums, and sticky sweets. If you’re craving something sweet, opt for fruits instead. If you do eat sweets, avoid candies that are harmful to your braces and always brush your teeth thoroughly.
Drinking plenty of hydrating fluids can benefit your braces and overall health. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially in hotter weather. You can also try adding nutrient-rich juices and smoothies to your diet.
Avoid Hard Foods
Hard foods, such as the seeds and skin of fruit as well as chips and nuts, should be avoided, as they can cause damage to the braces. Softened versions of these foods, such as mashed potatoes, are a better option.
By following these simple summer tips, orthodontic patients can enjoy a healthy and nutritious diet while protecting their braces. If you have any questions or concerns, consult with our team to ensure you are following the best habits for your treatment.