When you are undergoing braces treatment, there will be some food restrictions. You will be required to eat braces-friendly food. It is also important that you get the right nutrition despite the restrictions imposed by different types of braces.
Concerned about eating while wearing braces? Try these healthy and nutritious braces-friendly #breakfast ideas.
Here are 6 breakfast ideas that are not only braces-friendly but also extremely healthy and nutritious:
Substitute crunchy cereal for oatmeal or overnight oats. Breakfast like granola or crunchy cereal may get stuck between the braces or snap the wires. Oatmeal is extremely healthy and you can get your daily dose of grains.
Oatmeal is soft and creamy and is easy on the braces. You can add your favorite topping such as honey, fruit or cinnamon to add more flavor. You can include this delicious meal in your diet without hurting your braces.
You have to avoid crunchy and hard fruits when you have braces. But, smoothies are a good way to incorporate fruits in your diet without hurting the orthodontic appliance.
Just put all the smoothie ingredients such as fruit, vegetable, milk or water, and sugar into the blender. You will have a healthy drink in no time.
If you love eggs, scramble them instead of having them boiled. They are soft and easy to eat, which means your braces would feel no pressure while eating them.
You don’t have to chew them much and they are quick to make. They are loaded with proteins and nutrients, thus making it a healthy breakfast option. Note that there are tasty vegan egg replacement options such as scrambled tofu.
Pancakes are very soft and easy on the braces. You can make it healthier and tastier by adding fruits in the batter. Avoid adding nuts as toppings as they will be hard to chew or may get stuck in the braces.
Add some maple syrup or honey if you like them sweeter. Just make sure you rinse your mouth thoroughly after eating so that no sugary residue is left behind.
If you like to eat breakfast sandwiches, lean toward egg salad sandwiches. It is easy to chew and there is no risk of any ingredient getting stuck between the teeth and braces.
Avoid peanut butter and jelly sandwich as both may stick to your braces and make it hard to clean.
Puréed Fruit or Vegetable
Fruits like apples are not allowed when you have braces since they are crunchy and hard. Vegetables like potatoes are also hard on braces. The good news is you can still consume them in different forms.
To get your daily servings of fruit, you just need to purée them. You can make homemade applesauce or add puréed fruits as sides in your breakfast.
Mashed potatoes are also an excellent option. If you can’t eat vegetables in the normal form, boil them to make them softer. Make sure they are soft enough so that you don’t have to chew much.
It may take some time to get used to braces and the changes you have to make in the diet. However, there are ways to include healthy food options without affecting your braces. All you need is a little creativity to come up with interesting breakfast ideas.
About the Author
Creating perfect smiles is what Dr. Satish Pai is committed to. An orthodontist by profession, he believes that a perfect smile is a powerful part of a person’s personality. When he is not working hard on perfecting his patients’ smiles at Putnam Ortho, he is busy writing engaging articles about everything related to healthy and perfect smiles. His other passions include golf, yoga and surfing. Spending time with his family always brings a smile on his face.
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