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The best cold foods and snacks for braces wearers

Getting braces can be a significant adjustment particularly when it comes to eating. Increased sensitivity and the potential for things getting stuck in your braces can make chewing food uncomfortable or challenging. In addition, there is a laundry list of foods to avoid depending on the type of braces you get.

However, enjoying the best cold foods and snacks doesn’t have to be off-limits. There are plenty of popular summertime snacks for braces wearers including many frozen confections. These summer staples can offer relief from the heat while ensuring your orthodontic treatment stays on track.

Cool snacks for hot summer months

Exploring cold foods with braces can be approached with creativity and there are plenty of tasty options to consider.

  • Fruit smoothies make a refreshing choice, blending your favorite fruits into libations as gentle on your braces as they are healthy to eat.
  • Iced tea can be another cool delicious option, especially unsweetened varieties that will protect your teeth.
  • Frozen treats like milk shakes, ice cream, and frozen yogurt are classic favorites, and also provide that much-needed cool down without putting your braces at risk.

Just be sure to choose soft options that won’t cause discomfort or harm your brackets and wires.

Biter beware

While there are many enjoyable cold treats it’s important to be mindful of which foods to avoid with braces. Those that require biting, such as frozen ice cream, nuts or certain types of candy can pose risks. These items can damage your braces and lead to teeth health issues like cavities. Sweet treats in moderation can be harmless but knowing which ones are safe for your braces is crucial. By choosing the appropriate cold snacks and being conscientious with your food choices, you can enjoy thirst-quenching summer refreshments while maintaining a healthy, braces-friendly diet.

For patients using Invisalign, you don’t have to worry about daily meals damaging your aligners since they are designed to be removed when eating. However, it’s still important to protect your aligners from harm. A common question is: can Invisalign trays melt in a hot car? Although the material is quite durable, it’s best to avoid exposing them to extreme temperatures to prevent any potential warping. When you remove your Invisalign trays be sure to store them properly in a protective case to keep them clean and safe.

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