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Can You Eat Peanuts with Braces?
Unfortunately, peanuts cannot be eaten with braces. Our list of foods to avoid with braces starts with nuts, which are hard foods. It takes a lot of force for hard and crunchy foods to break, and that can result in brackets coming off or wires bending.
Most people chew peanuts after taking a handful. They are highly likely to break braces due to the combination of hardness and constant chewing. As a result of a bracket or wire breaking, you may need to make an appointment for a few extra weeks – in that time, any progress may regress!
Can You Eat Pistachios, Almonds, Pecan or Wall Nuts with Braces?
In the park or at work, nuts or seeds can make a great snack while you watch a baseball game. Braces, however, don’t make them a good snack. Small nuts can get stuck in your teeth and break your braces.
How to Eat Nuts with Braces?
If you want to eat nuts with braces, here are some tips to help you do so safely and avoid damaging your braces:
- Cut the nuts into small pieces: Cutting the nuts into small pieces will make them easier to chew and will help prevent damage to your braces.
- Chew slowly and carefully: Take your time when chewing the nuts to avoid damaging your braces.
- Brush and floss after eating: It’s important to brush and floss your teeth after eating nuts (or any other food) to remove any food particles that may be stuck in your braces.
- Follow your orthodontist’s instructions: Your orthodontist will provide specific instructions for caring for your braces and avoiding damage. Be sure to follow these instructions to ensure that your braces stay in good condition.
- You can substitute peanut butter or other soft spreads for peanuts if you’re craving peanuts.
Overall, it’s best to avoid eating nuts with braces if possible, as they can be difficult to chew and can potentially damage your braces. However, if you do want to eat nuts, be sure to cut them into small pieces, chew slowly and carefully, and brush and floss your teeth after eating. Follow your orthodontist’s instructions to ensure that your braces remain in good condition.
You can enjoy nuts without damaging your braces with these 4 brace-friendly tips.
Almond Milk is Easy to Make
Rather than munching on raw almonds, you can create almond milk if you crave the flavour. Making almond milk is as follows:
Up to two days can be allowed for your almonds to soak.
Make sure they are rinsed well.
Mix them with water in a blender and blend until smooth.
A spatula can be used to extract the almond milk from the resulting mush.
Sweeten with sweeteners.
Last but not least, grinding nuts before eating them will give you a nice crunch. They can still be enjoyed in salads, cereals, smoothies, or other soft desserts this way.
Soak Them Overnight
Almonds can be softened by soaking them overnight, as per the first recommendation. Aside from making almonds softer and more chewable, soaking them also provides another benefit.
Sprouting is prevented by enzyme inhibitors in nuts and seeds. Your digestive system can be irritated by these inhibitors, preventing you from getting the full nutrition from the nut.
Your braces will stay protected while enjoying healthy almonds by soaking them overnight.
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|
It is important to use sports drinks sparingly (Gatorade, Powerade, and so on), as they are extremely acidic and can cause enamel decalcification and white spots.
Don’t chew or open things with your teeth (i.e. plastic bottles, cans, bags) that are hard or sharp! In addition to damaging your appliances, this can also damage your teeth.
Can You Eat Nuts With Braces?
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