During January, many of us make resolutions and set goals for self-improvement. Besides exercising more, and eating better, focusing on better dental care is a great goal. Setting a better example for your children and taking better care of your own teeth can make all the difference in your overall health.
Once orthodontic treatment begins, we provide a complete list regarding foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, popcorn, and all sticky foods (ie: gum, taffy, and caramel). Many emergency appointments can be avoided to repair damaged braces or appliances by carefully following our instructions. But, after looking at what you shouldn't eat, you might benefit from more ideas on what you can eat.
The internet can be a great help to find braces-friendly recipes, and there are also books available at Amazon.com or from your local bookstore that can be a great gift to yourself or someone you know going through orthodontic treatment.
The Braces Cookbook: Recipes You (and Your Orthodontist) Will Love (Amazon)
"Presenting 50 comfort food recipes developed by and for braces wearers, this indispensable collection offers real food choices that the whole family will enjoy. This updated edition provides sensitive substitutions for classic favorites and new recipe additions that even kids can make, including five new snack ideas. Sections for packing lunches, comfort care, and cooking tips have been greatly expanded to give patients and their families everything they need to support positive orthodontic experiences. Also included are updated web resources, fun dental and orthodontic trivia, an orthodontic terms glossary, and reminders about foods to avoid."
The Braces Cookbook 2: Comfort Food with a Gourmet Touch (Amazon)
"Created specifically for adults with braces, this cookbook features a full range of flavor-filled dishes through easy, stay-soft recipes and comfort food tips for any kind of braces—metal, ceramic, behind-the-teeth, or aligner-type. The recipes range from basic ideas made from around-the-house ingredients to meals with true gourmet touches, including breakfasts, appetizers, desserts, entrees, and vegetarian dishes. This book is ideal for eating well at home, on the road, and at the office. Savvy tips for being confident in braces at work are also included."
Happy cooking from all of us at Goldenberg Orthodontics!