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HELP! Snack Ideas for kids with braces!

post #1 of 6
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Of course school is getting ready to start, DS 1 is getting head gear put on Sept 5 and I have to pack lunches. The list of what he can't have is huge. Basically anything sticky or crunchy is out. So, help me make a list of what he CAN have! TIA
post #2 of 6
First of all, make sure he has water on hand because he'll want to rinse out his mouth when he is done eating. At first, he probably won't want to eat much at all. His teeth will hurt. Make sure he has access to ibuprofen or asprin and lots and lots of dental wax available. When hubby wore orthodontics as an adult he carried around his own pair of wire snips and needle nosed pliers. Have your son brush his teeth when he gets home from school.

He can pretty much eat most fruits and veggies. Apple slices, for instance, are relatively easy but a whole apple is a no-no. He probably won't have trouble eating carrots cut into long, thin julien strips, but a whole carrot might loosen a bracket. He can eat gelatin, pudding, yogurt, applesauce (like flavored varieties), cheese, softer nuts (like walnuts), and nut butters. A favorite snack just might be a butter and jelly sandwich. On the day when his spacers are put on and when his orthodontia is adjusted, he might feel like eating nothing more than a milkshake.

You - and your son - will adjust. You'll find out what works for him and what doesn't. One of my DD's couldn't stop eating potato chips so she simply put them in her mouth one at a time and sucked on them until they softened. And all my DD's learned to eat a hamburger or slice of pizza with a knife and fork. However, it might be a long time before your son eats a steak.
post #3 of 6
DD got an expander put in a few weeks ago and she has trouble with sandwiches and chewy things getting stuck in it. Plus she can't use her tounge to get stuff off the roof of her mouth. She drools constantly and is always slurping. LOL

She will have the braces put on this winter. Right now, I am getting her a thermos and sending soft/ hot meals with her for lunch, instead of sandwiches.
post #4 of 6
Having worked in an Ortho office I've seen many brackets off due to eatting the wrong things...

Things to avoid:

Hard/Brittle Crunchy Crusty Sticky/Gooey

Ice, Potato Chips, Pizza Crusts, Caramels, Nuts- Peanuts, Almonds, Tortilla Chips, Toasted Bagels/Breads, Chewing Gum
Jolly Rancher Candies, Apples with Front Teeth, Starburst
Pens and Pencils, Fresh Carrots, Sugar Daddies, Snickers or similar, Pretzels Kaiser Dinner Rolls, Jelly Beans, Corn on the Cob, Hard Taco Shells, Popcorn, Licorice, fruit snacks

I know thats a long list of everything they currently love to eat... Things will get better with time. Even the slurping will go away..
post #5 of 6

Well I know because I just got braces yesterday and like for the first few weeks you couldn't eat much but I think in a few weeks I will be able to eat lots more soft foods.  

post #6 of 6

I have braces so this is a list of somethings that I eat:


Carrots (Not raw but you can put them in your crock pot or in a slow cooker with broth and the taste pretty good)

Brownies! (Brownies are a favorite treat to many kids, you can give him some of these..... depending on the brand, because some brownies are more fuggy and sticky than others but without nuts!)

Yogurt (Yogurt is an excellent alternative to other foods.  This will also give him proteins.)


Apples (must be finely cut!)


Hope this helps!

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