Posted on 4/30/2019 by First Impressions Orthodontics
Summer is here, which means backyard barbeques and annual fairs with lots of delicious foods. You may be tempted by all of these treats, but if you have braces, there are a few things that you should avoid.
Thick Cut and Bone In Meats There's nothing better than biting into a juicy grilled steak or chicken leg. Those with braces, though, should be wary. These types of meats can cause the adhesive on your brackets to break. It can also bend or break your wires. Also on the list to avoid: those giant turkey legs some vendors serve at the fair.
Corn on the Cob Another backyard cookout staple is corn on the cob. The cob is the dangerous part. Biting down on it can break the adhesive holding your brackets in place as well as bend and break your wire. This doesn't mean you need to avoid corn. Simply cut it off the cob and eat up!
Chips Chips are a simple, no nonsense side to a grilled burger or hot dog. But they are also rather brittle, meaning that not only can they can get stuck in inconvenient places, they can also cause damage to brackets and wires. Opt for softer sides instead, like potato or macaroni salad.
Candied Apples These sweet treats are common at most state and county fairs, and they should be avoided by anyone with braces. The apple itself is dangerous as it is hard and can break brackets and wires. The caramel on the outside can pull and distort braces and the sugar can get stuck, causing other dental issues, such as tooth decay.
Ice On hot days, ice is a refreshing additive to your cookout drinks. You don't have to avoid using ice, but do avoid chewing it.
Summer brings cookouts and fairs, which means a wide variety of tasty foods. While there are many of these foods that are bad for those with braces, this doesn't mean you can't participate. There are plenty of things you can do to tough foods or alternatives you can eat to ensure that you enjoy your summer just as much as everyone else.