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Enjoy Good Food With Braces: 5 Easy-To-Eat Foods For Dinner

Wearing braces isn't easy. You have to give up many of your favorite foods and you're in pain almost every time you leave the orthodontist's office for several days. The end result – straight, beautiful teeth – is well worth it. However, it's helpful to know some specific foods that are easy for you to eat and that won't hurt your braces so that you don't have to spend hours on end trying to figure out if something is okay to eat. Here are five foods you can eat with braces to help you get started:

Cooked Veggies

Most raw vegetables are out of the question when you have braces, but that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy some cooked vegetables. Throw in a variety of vegetables in a pan and create a soft, healthy stir-fry for dinner.

Mac and Cheese

An old favorite, macaroni and cheese is great when you're in pain after having your braces adjusted. The pasta is incredibly soft and the cheese just literally melts in your mouth. It's a true winner no matter what your age or how picky you are!

Just About Anything Soft

When cooking something that is going to work for braces, it's important to know that it needs to be soft instead of crunchy. Hard tacos aren't going to be a good option for dinner, but soft tacos or burritos would work. Pizza also isn't going to work unless you can whip up an incredibly soft crust. However, lasagna is a decent alternative.

Sloppy Joes

You still need to consume plenty of protein, and the best way to do that is by eating meat. However, meat can very easily get stuck in your braces. Luckily, there is one very good option: Sloppy Joes! The hamburger meat is softened by the sauce, which makes it less likely to get caught up in the brackets and wires of your braces. They're a perfect choice for an easy, braces-friendly dinner and go great with a side of buttery mashed potatoes.

Cake and Ice Cream

What's dinner without dessert? There are plenty of options that you can't have, such as hard candy, popcorn and caramel, but you can still have cake and ice cream. Both are soft and won't get tangled up in your braces, yet you'll still get to satisfy your sweet tooth.

For more foods that are good for your braces, don't hesitate to ask your orthodontist such as John C. Matunas D.D.S., PA. If you happen to eat something that you shouldn't and damage your brackets or wires, schedule an appointment immediately to avoid serious damage.