Date night can be a nerve-wracking experience. From what to wear, where to go, to what to talk about. The numerous variables of date night can wreak havoc on what should be a fun experience. You don’t want your braces to be another source of worry during your night out, and they don’t have to be! With a few simple tips you can flash your beautiful smile at your date as many times as you want to without being worried about leftovers being hidden in your brackets. Read on for some advice from Dr. Dennis Flanagan at Dennis J. Flanagan DDS MS.
At a Nice Restaurant – Stick to Soft Foods
While mood lighting can help hide a lot of things, it can’t get rid of food in your teeth. So that you can smile with confidence all night long, stick to soft foods. Pasta, mashed potatoes, soups, and other softer options are easy to eat, and are less likely to have little bits that stick around in wires and brackets. Any crunchy fruits or veggies could prove difficult as well. Let’s just say corn should be a “no-go” whether you have braces or not! Also, any chewy bread or pizza should be cut up into small pieces before consuming.
At the Movies – Skip the Popcorn
Not only are those little kernels bound to get stuck in your braces, eating popcorn can potentially damage your braces. Nothing will ruin date night like breaking a bracket in the middle of a movie. Also, be sure to avoid any sticky, hard chocolate or candy items. Instead, order a refreshing ICEE or soda. You can even split a delicious soft pretzel…just be sure to eat it in small pieces!
At the Fair – Skip the Sticky Stuff
Any sticky taffy, candied nuts, or hard cookies should be avoided. Be careful with cotton candy too, sticky foods are a challenge with braces. Instead, opt for a soft elephant ear or some soft- serve ice cream. Then, you’ll be fueled to enjoy rides until the sun goes down!
You CAN feel beautiful, and have a successful date night with braces. Also, you can always pack a toothbrush if you want to be super prepared. If you’re nervous about eating a certain food while in treatment, never hesitate to contact our office before consuming. Happy noshing!