How to Survive Summer BBQ Season with Braces

blog-featured-image-summer-bbq-with-bracesIt’s the summer! That means outdoor barbecues with family and friends will be abundant. Whether celebrating a national holiday, graduation, or attending a simple gathering, summer barbecues are a common summertime activity meant for everyone to enjoy. So how do you survive a summer BBQ while wearing braces? Fear not, we’ll break down the foods you should avoid and the foods you can enjoy while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Foods to Avoid During a BBQ

Orthodontist Dr. Zohreh Rasouli at Oyster Bay Orthodontics recommends avoiding the following common barbecue foods:

  • Raw Veggies: By now everyone understands the importance of eating vegetables. However, consuming raw veggies while wearing braces could cause more harm than good. To avoid damaging your brackets or arch wires, cut veggies into small, bite-size pieces and chew using your back teeth. Another option is to drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper onto the veggies, wrap them in aluminum foil, and cook them on the grill. 
  • Corn on the Cob: While eating corn straight off the cob is not good for braces, corn removed from the cob is fine to eat. Eat the kernels as a side by themselves or add them to a salad.
  • Pretzels and Corn Chips: We understand that sometimes you need a bit of crunch in your life. Sometimes that crunch could lead to broken brackets and wires. Avoid eating pretzels and if you absolutely have to have a chip, opt for something other than corn chips and chew them slowly with your back teeth one at a time.
  • Tough Meat: Avoid tough or stringy meats – stick to tender meats and be sure to eat them slowly.

Foods to Enjoy During a BBQ

Don’t let the list of foods above discourage you from attending an upcoming barbecue. There are still plenty of foods you can eat that won’t interrupt your orthodontic treatment. Here are some of the delicious foods you can still enjoy:

  • Popsicles: We recommend making your own with fresh fruit and juice.
  • Soft Fruits: melons, grapes, and kiwis are perfect summertime fruits to enjoy even with braces. Eat them by themselves or altogether in a tasty fruit salad.
  • Cheeses: Believe it or not, cheese is a great source of calcium for your teeth.
  • Tender Meats: As long as the meat is tender enough to fall off the bone, enjoy!
  • Cooked Beans
  • Soft Breads
  • Soft-Baked Cookies and Lightweight Crackers

At Oyster Bay Orthodontics, we want you to enjoy your summer. For questions about eating with braces or to schedule an appointment, contact our office. Happy grilling! 

The information provided in this blog is not to be taken as medical advice.

Rubber Bands for Braces, Explained.

blog-featured-image-elastics-for-bracesWhether you’ve had orthodontic treatment or not, you’ve seen people wearing elastics or rubber bands as part of the process. But do you know what they’re used for? To help give you a better idea of why rubber bands are used with metal or clear braces, we’ll explain what they are, why they’re used, and how to take care of them during treatment.

What are Rubber Bands?

In short, rubber bands are used to help move your teeth along the archwire to aid in tooth movement for your particular treatment plan. There are many different ways to wear rubber bands and how long you wear them is determined by your orthodontist.  Dr. Zohreh Rasouli of Oyster Bay Orthodontics will instruct you on exactly how to wear your rubber bands and when and how often to change them based on your personalized treatment plan.  Since your rubber bands lose their elasticity with use, patients are normally instructed to replaced them at least once a day, especially after eating and brushing. Read more on Rubber Bands for Braces, Explained….

The information provided in this blog is not to be taken as medical advice.

How to Keep Your Invisalign Aligners Clean

blog-featured-image-keeping-Invisalign-aligners-cleanYou’ve gotten your clear aligners and it’s time to begin your journey to a healthier, straight smile with Invisalign. Just as your oral hygiene routine would change with braces, you will need to adopt a new routine with Invisalign. This includes stocking up on a few more hygiene products and supplies to maintain your new lifestyle. To make things easier, we’ve listed all the things you’ll need to keep your Invisalign clear aligners clean.

Get Another Toothbrush

Dr. Zohreh Rasouli of Oyster Bay Orthodontics recommends that you have two toothbrushes: one for your teeth and one for your Invisalign clear aligners. This is due to the fact that your Invisalign aligners do not need the same tough bristles used to scrub teeth clean. A softer bristled toothbrush is all you will need to clean the aligners as to not damage them. Having two different toothbrushes also reduces the risk of staining the aligners with leftover food particles from brushing your teeth. Read more on How to Keep Your Invisalign Aligners Clean…

The information provided in this blog is not to be taken as medical advice.

My Braces are Off But My Wisdom Teeth are Coming In

woman with worried lookYou’ve been patiently waiting for your orthodontic treatment to come to an end and your braces to come off. You followed all the oral hygiene instructions during and after treatment, but now your wisdom teeth are starting to come in. Will they ruin your new smile?

At Oyster Bay Orthodontics, we get this question a lot and rightfully so. With the typical timeline for orthodontic treatment being between about 18 and 36 months, we understand that it would be very disappointing for all that hard work to go to waste. In some very rare cases, the eruption of wisdom teeth can shift the teeth and ruin past orthodontic treatment, but again, this is rare. This is why it is important to maintain a relationship with an orthodontist, like Dr. Zohreh Rasouli, even after treatment has ended. Once your wisdom teeth do come in, it can be determined if they need to be removed or not. Read more on My Braces are Off But My Wisdom Teeth are Coming In…

The information provided in this blog is not to be taken as medical advice.

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