Braces-Friendly Lunches For Kids

Braces-Friendly Lunches For Kids
Posted on 09/29/2016

Drs. Tilghman & Schwartz, along with their amazing staff at Tilghman Orthodontics love providing exceptional orthodontic care to patients of all ages! We work tirelessly to provide the most effective care to each of our patients, using time-proven methods to ensure your smile lasts a lifetime.

Many of our patients are children or young adolescents, who we commonly treat with metal braces. With the diet limitations of orthodontic treatment, we understand that it can be challenging for parents to come up with braces-friendly meals that their kids will enjoy eating. Therefore, we'd like to offer a few lunchtime suggestions to help you out! Below you'll find some ideas to keep in mind while you're packing lunches for your child.

Sandwiches

Sandwiches and wraps are lunchtime favorites, and they're easy for parents to make! When you're preparing sandwiches, avoid using lunch meats that are chewy or rubbery, like thickly-sliced ham or roast beef. Tuna, chicken and ham salad are great sandwich fillings you can offer your kids wearing braces. Just be sure the bread you use is soft and not stiff and hard. Instead of serving sandwiches or wraps with crunchy chips, offer your kids some soft veggies like cooked peas or carrots.

Warm Lunches

Dishes like macaroni & cheese, soups, casseroles and ground beef dishes (like meatloaf or meatballs) are both braces-friendly and filling. Because raw vegetables can damage or break brackets, offer your kids steamed or stir fried vegetables, like carrots and zucchini. Potatoes are very versatile and can be made braces-friendly by boiling, mashing and baking them. A baked potato filled with cheese, steamed broccoli, bacon bits and cheese also makes a delicious and filling meal kids love.

Sloppy joes and barbequed pork sandwiches are also great for kids undergoing orthodontic treatment. These warm sandwiches can be served with a side of steamed veggies and mashed potatoes for a filling and healthy lunch. You can also try a delicious omelet filled with cheese, tomatoes and bits of soft ham, along with some fresh soft bread with jam.

Contact Your Berlin, MD Orthodontist Today!

The team at Tilghman Orthodontics is always available to speak with you! If you need more lunchtime tips or have any questions about your child's treatment, please contact us at (410) 742-4813. We want the time your child spends in braces to be a trouble-free and pleasant time! We look forward to hearing from you soon!