Ortho-Friendly Cooking

This is the best time of the year to get creative with your meal preparation for yourself or family members who have or plan to get traditional braces this year. Dr. Feldman shares some recommendations on recent cookbooks with recipes that are safe for traditional wire braces.

Once traditional orthodontic treatment begins, our Blue Wave Orthodontics team explains the complete instructions and provides a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. These food items include ice, hard candy, popcorn and all sticky foods (e.g.: gum, taffy, Starbursts, Now or Laters and caramel). AND anything in a “cellophane bag that ends in an “O”; Doritos, Nachos, Combos etc as they tend to break brackets loose from the teeth! Ole! 

Emergency appointments to repair damaged braces or appliances can be avoided by carefully following our instructions. Here is a list of foods to avoid with braces to save you from a help-caramel-is-stuck-in-my-braces fiasco.  

One of our favorite books for braces-friendly recipes is now also in Kindle format. The Braces Cookbook: Recipes You (and Your Orthodontist Will Love) by Pamela Waterman is a good resource. It has 50 comfort food recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and new recipe additions that kids can make, including five new snack ideas.

Waterman also wrote a follow-up book, The Braces Cookbook 2: Comfort Food with a Gourmet Touch, that is available in paperback. This collection includes appetizers, breakfast, lunch, dinners and desserts. Another 50 recipes for the braces-wearer in your life. 

With traditional braces, you may feel like your food options are limited, but with the help of the cookbooks above or some fun braces-friendly recipes on Pinterest, you can get creative with your meal prep.  If you’re ready to transform your smile with traditional braces, reserve your free appointment with Blue Wave Orthodontics today!