Braces-Friendly Summer Recipes

Braces-Friendly Summer Recipes
Posted on 06/22/2016

Summer will soon be upon us and that means sunny days, no school, and so much time for snacks!

At My Orthodontist, we want our all our patients to be able to indulge in the delicious flavors of summer. As such, we have rounded up a few braces-friendly recipes that will allow you to enjoy the bright flavors of summer snacks while protecting your orthodontic appliances from damage caused by foods you should avoid like treats that are sticky and hard.

Strawberry Caprese SaladStrawberry 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 WrapsBuffalo 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 no-no traditional taco shell with lettuce for a braces-friendly taco experience that emphasizes the summertime favorite 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 CreamsiclesOrange Creamsicles

By Oven Love

Nothing cools you off on a hot summer day quite like a popsicle. Popsicles are a great treat to enjoy if you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment and are wearing 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 Local Orthodontists

The team at My Orthodontist hopes that you have a delicious summer. If you have more questions about what foods to eat and what foods to avoid while wearing braces, please contact us at one of our offices. We are conveniently located in Lawrenceville, West New York, Cherry Hill, Deptford Township, East Orange, NJ and Langhorne, PA. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

My Orthodontist

  • Lawrenceville Office - 3131 Princeton Pike, Bldg. 1A, Suite 101, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 Phone: (609) 883-3636 Fax: (609) 883-3382
  • West New York Office - 431 59th St., West New York, NJ 07093 Phone: (201) 223-2700 Fax: 201-590-9560
  • Cherry Hill Office - 1940 E. Route 70, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 Phone: (856) 428-1441 Fax: 856-424-1309
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  • East Orange Office - 185 Central Ave., Suite 305, East Orange, NJ 07018 Phone: (973) 672-4141 Fax: 973-672-1005
  • Langhorne, PA Office - 586 Middletown Blvd., Suite C-10, Langhorne, PA 19047 Phone: (215) 750-7779 Fax: 215-750-7848
  • Bayonne Office - 1222 JFK Blvd., Bayonne, NJ 07002 Phone: (201) 355-2467
  • Paterson Office - 1010 Main St. 2nd Floor, Suite 8, Paterson, NJ 07503 Phone: (862) 881-4962
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