Summer vacation has begun and the kids are home from school! Need some healthy snacks that are simple, easy, and safe for braces? Let’s talk about summer snacks for braces that you can keep on hand for when those tummies start grumbling.

Are There Foods You Should Avoid?

First things first, it’s important to know which foods are not safe for braces. Generally, orthodontists recommend avoiding anything that is sticky, chewy, crunchy, hard, or that you need to bite directly into (such as a whole apple, bagel, or corn on the cob).

This may sound like it scratches a lot of common snacks off your list! But fret not, we’ve got some great suggestions ahead for summer snacks for braces that the braces-wearers in your house will be sure to love.

Safe Snack Ideas

Searching for summer snacks for braces can be tough because you want something that is not only safe, but nutritious, delicious, and convenient! Here are some ideas to get you started.

Bananas, raspberries, and blueberries are all great, quick and easy options. Prepackaged applesauce, yogurt, or smoothies are good options, as well, because they come in small, single-serving containers to take with you on-the-go and offer a wide variety of flavors.

Hummus, bean dip, cottage cheese, or a soft cheese like brie paired with soft veggies or pita bread are all tasty and filling options. Potato chips, crunchy veggies, or thin slices of apple might be safe if you eat them one at a time and carefully, but check with your orthodontist first to make sure.

Eating with Braces

If you’re having a tough time finding snack or meal ideas that are safe for braces, don’t hesitate to reach out to your orthodontist and ask for more suggestions! Your orthodontist is here to help you every step of your braces journey and will be glad to hear that you care about your braces and your nutrition enough to ask questions!

Your orthodontist has lots of experience guiding patients just like you through the orthodontic treatment process from start to finish and will be happy to do whatever they can to make things easier and more fun while you have braces.

Call our Roswell, Artesia or Ruidoso dental offices, to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.