Can you eat sandwiches with braces?

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November 3rd is National Sandwich Day – finally a day to load up on carbs guilt-free! Whether it be a luxurious layering of sundried tomatoes on a rosemary focaccia or a simple cheese toastie, today is the day we give thanks to the beautiful and versatile creation that is the sandwich (some might even say it’s the best thing since sliced bread…).

So, your mind is beginning to flourish with ideas of all the magnificent combinations that you can sink those pearly whites into – but what happens if those pearly whites are currently hosting braces? We asked our orthodontist Stephan Nel for his top tips on sandwich munching during your orthodontic treatment:

“Generally it’s a good idea to steer clear from seeded bread and baguettes, as seeds can often get lodged within the braces, and hard crispy breads like baguettes may damage the brackets. Also, if you’ve chosen clear elastics it’s best to avoid highly coloured fillings like beetroot or coronation chicken, which could stain the braces. Therefore, I’d recommend nice, soft bread with a filling such as egg mayonnaise or ham and cheese. P.S. If you don’t have access to a toothbrush after you’re finished devouring your sandwiches, make sure you have a good rinse of water to keep the braces clean!”

Stephan Nel, Total Orthodontics Bracknell

There we have it – the professional gave you the go ahead! Even when undergoing your orthodontic treatment you can still indulge on the country’s favourite lunchtime staple, we just advise that you try to avoid anything hard/crispy or highly coloured to be the least interfering with your treatment.

We’d love to see some of your sandwich creations – send them in to us or post them on Instagram or Twitter using #breadforbraces and we will repost our favourites!

Words by Emily Asserati

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