If your student got braces over the summer, they will need to be a little more careful about what they eat for lunch at school. Most foods can still be eaten, but kids will need to cut or tear them into pieces and chew with their back teeth. Here are a few ideas for braces-friendly lunches.
Tuna salad or egg salad sandwich
Ham or turkey sandwich
Peanut butter & jelly sandwich
Soup (pack in a Thermos to keep warm)
Hummus and pita
Beans and rice
Round out your student’s lunch with tasty foods like sliced fruits or vegetables, string cheese, applesauce, pudding, yogurt, or soft granola bars. Quick tip: sprinkle sliced apples with lemon juice and they won’t turn brown.
Mac and cheese
Shredded chicken, beef, or pork
Soft chicken nuggets or fish sticks
Salad without crunchy veggies
Pizza with softer crust (eat with fork and knife)
Foods to avoid:
Hard chips like Takis
Thin crust pizza
Hard bread or rolls
Back to school is such an exciting time! Encourage your child to be careful while eating lunch to avoid breaking braces. Hopefully you and your student found these lunch suggestions helpful. We at Peterson Family Orthodontics wish you a great school year!