Can you eat burgers with braces? Yes you can!
Even with braces, you can still enjoy burgers, but you should be mindful of foods that can damage braces or prolong treatment time. In this article, we’ll discuss which kinds of burgers and toppings are safe for braces and what tips you can follow to make your burgers braces-friendly. Read on to learn how to eat burgers safely and comfortably with braces, regardless of whether you’re getting braces or already have them.
How To Eat a Burger With Braces?
If you are wearing braces on your teeth, here are some ways to eat a burger:
1. Make small pieces by cutting
The braces can’t handle the size of the burger, so cut it into small pieces. The piece should be as small as possible so that it can be easily taken into your mouth. If you do that, you should consider the following things.
2. Bread or buns that are soft
If you’re eating a burger, the bun or bread should be soft and easy to chew. Chewing force can be absorbed by it, protecting your braces.
3. Ingredients should be carefully chosen
Braces-friendly ingredients should be used in the burger. You should always check the ingredients of burgers before eating them.
4. Vegetable burgers are a good choice
Instead of chicken or meat, you can choose vegetable burgers. It is imperative to note that those vegetables must be neither raw nor hard, but soft and boiled.
5. Small pieces of soft chicken
Chicken burgers can also be eaten if you cut them into small pieces. The chicken, however, is very hard.
You should be able to chew it easily and it should be soft. A burger with sliced chicken pieces is a great choice.
6. Slowly chew
When you eat a burger, chewing fast can damage your braces. As a result, food debris may get stuck to braces or cause them to break. While wearing braces, chew the burger piece slowly.
7. Condiments with low acidity
Except for those that are highly acidic, most condiments won’t harm your braces or teeth.
It is possible to choose condiments such as guacamole, mayonnaise, and cream-based sauces.
8. Burgers made from scratch
The best way to make burgers is to make them at home. Make sure the bun is soft and the ingredients are friendly to braces. You should prepare them so that they are soft and easy to chew.
We searched the web for more information about burgers and braces and found the following Reddit questions and answers.
Here is a more extensive extended table of foods that you can eat with braces, including examples of each type of food and a description of how to prepare them:
|SOFT FOODS||EXAMPLES||HOW TO PREPARE|
|Pudding||Chocolate pudding, tapioca pudding||Mix pudding mix with milk according to package instructions and refrigerate until set.|
|Jell-O||Any flavor of Jell-O||Mix Jell-O powder with boiling water and refrigerate until set.|
|Yogurt||Plain yogurt, fruit-flavored yogurt||Open container and spoon out desired amount.|
|Smoothies||Banana smoothie, berry smoothie||Blend together desired fruits, milk or yogurt, and ice until smooth.|
|Soft cooked meat||Chicken breast, fish fillets||Cook meat in a skillet over medium heat until fully cooked and tender.|
|Tofu||Silken tofu, firm tofu||Cut tofu into small cubes and cook in a skillet over medium heat until heated through.|
|Mashed potatoes||Plain mashed potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes||Peel and chop potatoes, boil in salted water until tender, then mash with butter and milk.|
|MODERATE FOODS||EXAMPLES||HOW TO PREPARE|
|Cooked vegetables||Cooked carrots, cooked green beans||Peel and chop vegetables, steam or boil until tender.|
|Soft fruits||Ripe bananas, ripe peaches||Peel and slice fruits, or blend into a smoothie.|
|Soft cheeses||Cream cheese, feta cheese||Slice or spread cheese on crackers or bread.|
|Soft cooked grains||Cooked rice, cooked quinoa||Cook grains according to package instructions, or use leftover cooked grains from a previous meal.|
|Flaked fish||Salmon, tilapia||Cook fish in a skillet over medium heat until flaky and fully cooked.|
|Pasta||Cooked spaghetti, cooked macaroni||Cook pasta according to package instructions, then toss with sauce or butter.|
|FOOD TYPES TO AVOID||EXAMPLES|
|Hard foods||Nuts, hard candies, ice, raw carrots, corn on the cob|
|Sticky foods||Gum, caramels, gummies, taffy, toffee|
|Crunchy foods||Popcorn, chips, pretzels, crackers, raw apples and pears|
|Chewy foods||Bagels, crusty bread, pizza crust, beef jerky|
|Sugary foods and drinks||Soda, candy, cake, cookies, fruit juice, sports drinks|
Patients often ask, “Can you eat burgers with braces?” The bottom line is that you don’t have to give up your favorite foods completely just because you have braces. Your braces may be damaged or your treatment may take longer if you eat certain types of hamburger and toppings.
Make your burger softer by using softer meat and a whole wheat bun instead of a crunchy bun, and top it with avocado, tomato, and lettuce. Additionally, try your darndest to avoid sticky, crunchy, and sugary foods. While undergoing orthodontic treatment, you can still enjoy burgers with a bit of care and mindful eating. Consult your orthodontist or dentist on the specific guidelines and recommendations that apply to your specific situation.
Can You Eat Burgers With Braces?
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