Enjoy Braces-Friendly Snacks at the Movies this Summer

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Before getting your braces, you probably enjoyed eating a bag of buttery popcorn and a large soda at the movie theater without thinking twice about it. When you go to the movies to see “Transformers: Age Of Extinction” or the next “Planet of the Apes” installment this summer sporting your new braces, you may have to find an alternative snack to enjoy during the movie.

Most of the snacks that you will find to eat at the concession stand at the movie theater are nightmares for your braces. But not everything is off limits.

Here is a list of snacks to enjoy at the movie this summer:

Hot dogs and pizza- Most movie theaters sell these snacks, which are a better to eat than sticky gummies and Milk Duds that will get stuck in between your brackets and arch wires.

Soft pretzels- You should try to stick to soft foods, and soft pretzels are a good snack to eat. Try it with cinnamon or salted with cheese.

Ice cream and frozen yogurt- Ice cream and yogurt bars with varieties of toppings are becoming popular in theaters. Milkshakes also are safe to eat and a tasty, cool summer treat.

Soft, fresh-baked cookies- Some movie theaters sell fresh-baked cookies. Chocolate chip cookies should be a safe option for moviegoers.

Chocolate candy- Try to stay away from candy bars with nuts and caramel, but there are plenty of options to choose from including Hershey’s bars, M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces and Kit Kat bars.

Sodas and slushies- These sugary drinks aren’t good for your teeth, but they won’t damage your brackets and wires. Just make sure you brush your teeth after the movie to make sure there isn’t any sugary residue left on your teeth. If you can sip water between swigs of the sugary drinks, that can help wash the Gummy candiessugars off your teeth.

Some snacks to stay away from are popcorn, gummy worms, bubble gum, nachos, and candy bars with caramel. These snacks can be your worst enemy at the movie theater because you will be left picking at your braces instead of enjoying the movie. If you do decide to eat these risky treats, make sure to bring a toothbrush, floss and a Proxabrush to go between braces and teeth to remove food and plaque.

There are some moviegoers who refuse to buy snacks from the movie theater concession stand because it can be expensive. Bringing snacks from home is another safe option if you have braces because it can be difficult to find safe snacks at the concession stand. Bringing a packed snack from home will save you money and the annoyance and discomfort of food stuck in your brackets and wires.

If you have Invisalign, there are no foods that are off limits. You have to remove your aligners each time you eat, but you can continue to eat all the snacks you love at the movie theater without restrictions. Just remember: your aligners need to be worn 22 hours daily to effectively move teeth.

 


About the Author: Derek Sanders is an Orthodontist at Orthodontics Only in Miami, FL. He has numerous publications and has lectured extensively on topics including braces and Invisalign. Dr. Sanders teaches at the University of Miami and is on the Craniofacial Team at Miami Children's Hospital. He has a blog and can also be found on Google+. See more articles by Derek Sanders.

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