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BACK TO SCHOOL WITH BRACES WHAT TO PACK IN A BRACES- FRIENDLY SCHOOL LUNCH
Summer is coming to a close, but that ending also heralds the beginning of a new school year. While we all know that back-to-school is the time for new clothes, freshly sharpened pencils, and double- checking bus schedules, if your son or daughter got braces over the summer, then it’s also time to consider something new: a strategy for packing a braces- friendly school lunch. When it comes to eating with braces, not all foods are created equal. So, whether you pack lunch for your kids or leave them in charge of filling their own brown bags, this is a good time to take another look at which snacks are orthodontist-approved and which are discouraged. The last thing you want is to get a call in the middle of
the school day informing you that your son or daughter has broken a bracket and needs to make an emergency appointment to have it repaired. The easiest guideline — though it’s not foolproof — is that a braces-friendly lunch is a healthy lunch. Sticky and crunchy foods should be avoided, which means desserts like caramels, candy bars, Starbursts, and Skittles are off the table, along with what we call “all of the Os”: crispy chips like Doritos, Cheetos, and Fritos. It’s also best to steer clear of anything that’s high in sugar, like snack cakes or chocolate. Popcorn and nuts are no-gos since they always seem to get stuck in the wiring of braces, and hard candies are a guaranteed way to break a bracket.
If that sounds like a lot of restrictions, never fear — there are plenty of tasty foods that are orthodontist-approved. Those include soft sandwiches, soup, pasta, mashed potatoes, apple sauce, bananas, grapes, and small, soft crackers like Goldfish. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are okay as long as you use creamy peanut butter, and dessert is still allowed if you stick to soft, low-sugar options like pudding cups and Jell-O. There are some areas when the “eat healthy” rule gets murky. For example, apples are discouraged as biting into one is a great way to break a bracket (try orange slices instead), and pizza is allowed as long as it has a soft crust. If you’re ever in doubt about what to pack or recommend to your kids as a safe snack, don’t hesitate to give Marshall Orthodontics a call. We’re always happy to help, and, if worst comes to worst and a bracket is broken, we’re here to fix that, too.
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