A Summer Full of Braces-Friendly Foods

Jul 15

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Summer is here. That means nothing but sunny days and no school for kids all across Tucson.

While the entire staff of Doctor Smiles Orthodontics wants you to enjoy your time off, we know that summer creates many opportunities for snacking on treats that might be bad for your braces.

In order to protect you orthodontic treatment and allow you to enjoy all the delicious tastes of summer, we’ve put together a few suggestions for braces-friendly summer recipes that will allow you to have a tasty season while respecting you orthodontist’s recommended list of foods to avoid.

Strawberry Caprese Salad with Brown Butter Balsamic Vinaigrette, by Cooking For Keeps

This orthodontist-approved salad is bursting with the bright flavors of summer and is made of soft and easy-to-chew strawberries, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese.


2 cups sliced strawberries
1½ cups halved cherry tomatoes
4 ounces fresh mozzarella, diced
2 tablespoons butter
2½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1½ teaspoons honey
¼ teaspoon dijon mustard
Salt & pepper
¼ cup basil leaves


1. In a skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
2. Once the butter starts to bubble and turn slightly brown along the edges, swirl the pan until the butter is browned and smells nutty.
3. Remove the butter from heat and transfer it to a small dish to cool to room temperature.
4. In a small bowl, whisk the balsamic vinegar, honey, and dijon mustard together.
5. Slowly whisk in the room temperature butter and season with salt and pepper.
6. Toss the strawberries, tomatoes, and mozzarella together and spread them on a serving platter.
7. Drizzle vinaigrette over the salad mixture and top with basil leaves.

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps by Ella Claire

Everyone loves a good taco, but patients with braces should avoid hard, crunchy taco shells. This recipe replaces that problematic traditional taco shell with lettuce, thus creating a braces-friendly taco that emphasizes the summertime flavor of buffalo chicken!


2 large chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup Frank’s Wing Sauce
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
Pepper to taste
1/2 cups thinly sliced celery
Blue cheese crumbles
Ranch dressing
2 heads of lettuce


1. Add the chicken, butter, and olive oil to a pan on medium heat, stirring together.
2. Add Frank’s Wing Sauce, celery seed, and pepper to taste.
3. Once the sauce begins to bubble, remove from heat and add the thinly sliced celery.
4. Spoon the mixture into lettuce leaves, sprinkle with blue cheese, and drizzle with ranch dressing.
5. Serve immediately while chicken is still warm.

Orange Creamsicles by Oven Love

Nothing cools you off on hot Tucson summer day quite like a popsicle. Popsicles are a great treat to enjoy if you have braces. These citrusy treats are easy to make and require no chewing!


1 cup orange juice (fresh or frozen)
1 cup heavy cream or full fat coconut milk (or melted/very soft vanilla ice cream)
3 tablespoons honey
¼ teaspoon orange extract
½ teaspoon vanilla extract


1. In a medium bowl, whisk all the ingredients together.
2. Pour the mixture into a popsicle mold.
3. Let set in freezer for 30 – 60 minutes before adding popsicle sticks.
4. Freeze for another 4 – 6 hours.
5. Run warm water along the outside of the mold to loosen the popsicles before serving.

Contact Your Trusted Tucson Orthodontist

All of us here at Doctor Smiles Orthodontics hope you have a delicious summer full of great flavors and great fun. If you have any questions about what foods you can and can’t eat while wearing braces, please contact us in our Tucson office. You can also request an appointment online to see if braces are the right orthodontic treatment for you!

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