Braces-Friendly School Lunches

Braces-Friendly School Lunches
Posted on 08/26/2019
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Back to School: 6 Tips For Braces-Friendly Lunches

Do you have a child in braces heading back to school this fall? If so, chances are, you're already wondering about the right types of lunches to pack. You want a braces-friendly lunch that will fuel your child while offering them a little something special to enjoy. Try some of these tips to pack a great lunch!

1. Deconstruct the Sandwich

There's nothing worse for a kid in braces than bread stuck between your brackets and your teeth--especially if they’ve forgotten their toothbrush at home. For an easy-to-eat alternative, deconstruct the sandwich. Roll up lunch meat, send cheese sliced or in chunks, and use crackers instead of sandwiches for a more braces-friendly approach. If you do send a sandwich, make sure you use soft bread, not bread that is too crunchy or hard.

2. Cut Up Apples and Carrots

...or, if you don't have time, buy pre-sliced apples and baby carrots! This will allow your child to avoid wear and tear on their front brackets--and potentially prevent them from popping off at the worst possible time.

3. Try Soft Spreads

Packing a lunch can be especially difficult immediately after your child goes in to have their braces tightened. To help make eating more comfortable, try soft foods and spreads that are easier to eat and don't require a lot of chewing. You can put them on bread (your child can always tear the sandwich up into small pieces, then put them in their back teeth, to avoid the bread-in-brackets problem) or include them with crackers. Try:

  • Hummus
  • Guacamole
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Egg salad
  • Tuna salad
  • Chicken salad

You can also include yogurt, especially Greek yogurt for its added protein count, pudding, or applesauce for a softer treat on days when braces are causing particular discomfort.

4. Avoid Foods that Could Damage Brackets and Wires

The list of foods that your child should avoid while wearing braces extends to school lunches, too! Make sure that you don't use or include food that could damage their braces, including:

  • Sticky gummy candy
  • Popcorn
  • Tortilla chips
  • Crunchy peanut butter
  • Nuts
  • Granola that includes nuts
  • Crunchy granola bars
  • Hard candy
  • Taffy

Make sure to talk with your orthodontist about any specific foods your child should avoid, and follow the recommended list.

5. Try Softer Fruits

If you're used to tossing an apple in your child's lunchbox, try a banana instead. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, kiwi fruit, and oranges are also great options that will allow your child to get in some healthy food during their lunch break without having to worry about their braces.

6. Explore Soups and Casseroles

Soup in a thermos is a great way to send your child to school with a great, nutrient-packed meal that won't cause problems with their braces--and so is a casserole tucked in the thermos to keep it warm. Most soups, stews, and casseroles require considerably less chewing than other meals, making them the perfect option for your child on days when they struggle with discomfort or don't want to chew. Soups and casseroles may also be less likely to get caught in those visible front brackets, making your child more comfortable at lunch.

Contact Your Akron Orthodontist Today

Do you need more help figuring out how to pack a lunch for a child with braces--or knowing what foods to include or avoid? Contact us today to learn more! We're dedicated to helping you and your family achieve confident, healthy smiles.

Fairlawn & Cortland Orthodontic Specialists

  • Fairlawn Orthodontic Office - 55 South Miller Rd., Suite 101, Fairlawn, OH 44333 Phone: (330) 864-3331
  • Cortland Orthodontic Office - 210 Windsor Dr., Cortland, OH 44410 Phone: 330-638-7004

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