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The Top 10 Foods You’ll Love After Braces

You’ve watched the previews for months, purchased your tickets for the midnight release, and stood in line to see the newest movie that critics have been raving about.

You step into the long line of excited
movie-goers as you indulge in the rich, sweet smell of butter.

Ah, movie theater popcorn. You haven’t had it in a very long time. And now that you’ve taken your orthodontist’s advice and waited for your braces to come off,┬átoday is the day.

Your braces are gone. It’s time to eat popcorn.

You Made It!

It’s been a long road avoiding some of your favorite foods that aren’t braces-friendly, but you did it! And of course, you now have a stunning, healthy smile. Life is good!

Now that you can expand your palette to sticker/crunchier/harder foods, here’s the top ten foods you’ll love.

1. Popcorn

As we already mentioned, what’s a good movie experience without popcorn? Eat all you want!

2. Caramel

Whether its a Twix bar, homemade caramels at Christmastime, or the delicious caramel rolls at Nick’s Hamburger Shop in Brookings, you no longer have to worry. You’ve got the official go-ahead to indulge in this sweet treat.

3. Peanuts, Almonds, Cashews…

Go nuts!

4. Gum

Gum After Braces

5. Soda

You always want to take it easy on sugary drinks, which can lead to tooth decay and cavities. But hey, at least those things are a little easier to deal with without braces, right?

6. Hard or Chewy Candy

Whether it’s a Starburst for your sweet tooth or simply an after-dinner mint, you no longer have to worry about breaking a wire. Sweet!

7. Corn on the Cob

We can all agree that although it’s technically the same thing, corn definitely tastes better on the cob than off. It seems to add a nostalgic touch to warm summer nights.

8. Hard Dough

If you’re a pizza crust eater, this means you! That also includes bagels, pretzels, and hard cookies.

9. Beef Jerky

Who doesn’t love this quick, protein filled snack? Now you can eat it without worry.

10. Carrots and Whole Apples

Let’s get real – this may just be the best thing on this list. Fruits and veggies are the best snack options anyway, and now you don’t have to take the time to cut them up into bite size pieces. Awesome!

In the Meantime…

If you still have braces, this is what you get to look forward to. But for now, here are our tips on keeping your braces safe during the upcoming holidays.

We’re always here in Brookings to help, so please let us know if you need any questions or orthodontic needs.