Your tween has just come to Dr. Chou to get their braces put on. Are they now complaining about what they can eat? It’s true that braces will change what your child can eat while wearing their braces. Dr. Chou in Toronto gives the following as a basic meal plan that your brace wearer can eat.
THE BRACES DIET!!
Unfortunately, there are some foods that should be considered off limits until your braces come off. Dr. Chou says the following should be avoided: Hard nuts, candies, hard fruits (like apples and pears), Hard vegetables (like carrots and corn on the cob), Chips, Taco shells, Pizza crust, pretzels, Sticky stuff like taffy, gum, caramels, Foods high in acidity that could cause discoloration like lemons, limes and sodas.
So here is a sample menu provided by Dr. Chou for you while you have your braces on:
Breakfast ideas: oatmeal prepared with milk, mashed pears and cinnamon, crispy rice cereal topped with yogurt, fluffy scrambled eggs with banana cut into small pieces, muesli with dried fruit (soak overnight) and all types of smoothies.
Lunch ideas: cold pasta salad with small veggies cut up and shredded chicken, tuna salad, blueberry muffins with applesauce on side, creamy polenta and homemade mac and cheese.
Dinner ideas: spaghetti with pureed vegetables, baked potato topped with cottage cheese, chili, grilled tofu and miso soup.
Easy snacks: pudding, mashed avocados with salsa, cottage cheese, hard boiled eggs and yogurt with fruit cut up into small pieces.
Dr. Chou knows that it can be an adjustment while you’re wearing your braces but that perfect smile is not far away. Dr. Chou is here to help our patients with any of their orthodontic needs. So don’t hesitate to contact us in our Toronto office.