Six Of The Best Foods to Eat During Your Treatment with Braces

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Many orthodontics patients with braces are unsure of what foods are restricted in their diets. Many also believe the list of foods to avoid is longer than it actually is. Dr. Barry Glaser of Glaser Orthodontics shares some ideas about what foods are safely enjoyed and which foods are best to avoid eating while wearing braces near Yorktown, NY.

It is true that during your treatment with braces there are limitations on what you can eat. But the time (and money) invested in them is well worth coping with these limitations. The payoff is a perfectly straight, healthy, and attractive smile.

What foods can be enjoyed during your treatment?

There are many delicious food options that can be eaten while wearing braces including:

  • Bananas
  • Yogurt
  • Soup
  • Cheese
  • Pasta
  • Mashed Potatoes

Dr. Barry Glaser wants to make sure that every patient with braces eats healthy food and gets enough daily nutrients. Here are some meal ideas that are safe for patients with this orthodontic treatment. Perhaps there is a family favorite among some of these delicious meal options:

  • Lasagna. Lasagna is a great dinner because it provides many food groups in one dish, is tasty, and is soft.
  • Grilled Chicken and Vegetables. While meat from a bone can cause damage to your braces, deboned meats like chicken breast can be eaten. Chicken pairs nicely with vegetables like broccoli.
  • Chicken Noodle Soup. Chicken noodle soup gives you many necessary nutrients because of the variety of ingredients that can be added. Soup is also a filling and tasty meal and will not damage your braces.

What foods should be avoided?

While wearing braces, the three types of food that should be avoided are hard, sticky, and chewy foods. These types of food should be avoided because they can get stuck in your braces easily and be difficult and sometimes painful to get out. Some food categories that should be avoided are:

  • Gum
  • Popcorn
  • Ice
  • Caramel
  • Pretzels
  • Raw vegetables
  • Steak
  • Hard candies

Some of these foods do not have to be completely avoided, however. Foods like vegetables, steak, and pretzels can be broken or cut up into smaller pieces and then eaten safely.

There are many foods which are nutritious, delicious, and are friendly to your braces. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Barry Glaser and Glaser Orthodontics near Yorktown, NY, or for more information, please call: 914.739.6400

Can Pre-Teens Get Invisalign Too?

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There is no “yes-or-no” answer to the question “Can pre-teens get Invisalign, too?” The decision, ultimately, will be made by the patient’s parents and their dentist or orthodontist. As long as your pre-teen has a fully developed set of teeth, Invisalign can be used in treatment. The clear aligners are generally safe for developing pre-teens, and the resulting tooth placement lasts a very long time. A consultation with Dr. Barry Glaser and the team at Glaser Orthodontics can help you determine the best course of orthodontic treatment for your child near Yorktown, NY.

Imagine being treated with a set of braces that are virtually undetectable.

That’s the beauty of Invisalign clear aligners. Treatment with the clear aligners costs around the same as treatment with traditional braces, but they are more discreet, more comfortable, and more easily cared for than metal braces. Being treated with Invisalign near Yorktown, NY by Dr. Barry Glaser of Glaser Orthodontics can correct a patient’s orthodontic issues without anyone ever noticing that they are wearing braces. 

Invisalign as an alternative to metal braces. 

Image and self-esteem are critical personal issues for children, teens, and adults with a less-than-perfect smile. Dr. Barry Glaser says that the real appeal of Invisalign Teen clear aligners is the freedom to eat and drink whatever you want without worrying about damaging your dental work. The clear aligners are removable by the wearer, making cleaning, eating, and active pursuits more comfortable. When consuming acidic drinks such as soda and orange juice, Dr. Barry Glaser always recommends removing your Invisalign to prevent the acids from getting trapped in the aligners and damaging one’s teeth.

Traditional braces are fixed. 

That means they can’t be removed by the patient, and the various metal parts associated with metal braces can cause irritation in the mouth. The trays are made of clear plastic and can be removed and replaced as necessary. They require only a few simple cleanings each day. Invisalign is more comfortable and easier to care for than traditional braces.

Follow the instructions.

Pre-teens being treated with the clear aligners risk interrupting the progress of their treatment by forgetting to wear the appliance. An Invisalign patient is afforded the opportunity to remove the trays before eating, and a pre-teen patient may forget to replace them in their mouth afterward.

Assuming your pre-teen is qualified for this treatment, make sure too that they understand how to wear, clean, and store the the clear aligner trays. For some pre-teens, it is easy to follow instructions at home, but in school your child may forget some of the responsibilities that come with being treated with Invisalign. With conscientious care and application, your pre-teen’s treatment with the clear aligners will ensure a great set of healthy, straight teeth that will serve them well for a lifetime.

Invisalign works well for adults and teens, but only a professional like Dr. Barry Glaser can help you decide if Invisalign treatment near Yorktown, NY. is the correct course of action to take in regard to your child’s orthodontic care. To learn more about treatment with Invisalign, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Barry Glaser, call Glaser Orthodontics at: 914.739.6400