5 Orthodontist Approved Treats to Eat in Little Rock
July 13, 2018
Let’s face it. We all cave into our sweet-tooth cravings at some point or another, knowing that those sugary treats aren’t so great for out teeth. As long as it’s not a consistent habit, we think it’s okay to let yourself splurge every now and again.
However, it can be tricky to find sweets that are braces-friendly, since anything sticky or chewy can do some serious damage to those brackets!
Don’t worry. We’re here to help you think outside the box when it comes to that pesky little sweet tooth. We’ve rounded up a list of cool treats that you can enjoy this summer right here in Little Rock-even with braces.
1. Cajun Sno
Nothing beats a Cajun Sno cone on a hot summer day! Located right near our office, these will cool you off without hurting your teeth. When you get braces, your teeth are slowly shifting around, so they can be sensitive! These sno cones are a great option because there’s no chewing involved. Plus, they have sugar-free options. Brushing and flossing can be difficult with braces, so avoiding sugar as often as possible will make cleaning easier. Thinking about stopping by? One of our favorite flavors is the Cajun Sunset.
In the mood for ice cream that’s a little bit different than the rest? Head on over to Loblolly in the South Main District. Their melt-in-your-mouth ice cream comes in loads of flavors, like honey lavender. They offer a variety of toppings, but stay away from anything to crunchy or chewy! Biting into hard candy can knock off a bracket or band, so keep it simple. We promise you won’t be disappointed!
Stop by ZAZA in Little Rock for some of the best gelato you’ll find in the area. Their Italian-style ice cream is definitely worth the indulgence. Gelato is a good treat for those with braces because it’s not likely that you’ll bend or snap any wires while eating it. It’s not sticky, so you don’t have to worry about any brackets coming off or getting distorted when chewing. ZAZA makes their gelato fresh each morning and often rotates out new flavor choices. You’ll definitely find something you love.
4. Tropical Smoothie
Smoothies are a great treat for braces because they can help ease discomfort and swelling by creating a cooling sensation in the mouth and gums. The texture is easy to get down without overworking your teeth, which might be uncomfortable after you get your braces, and after any follow-up appointments. Tropical Smoothie has many flavor options, and you can ask for your smoothie without sugar, too. One of our favorite blends is the Acai Berry Boost! A treat that’s healthy and tasty? A win-win.
5. Healthy’s Downtown
Craving blueberry cheesecake? We don’t recommend eating that right after you get braces, but you can stop by Healthy’s Downtown and ask about their Blueberry Cheesecake shake! They offer shakes with a healthy twist, as they’re low in calories and high in nutrients. Eating too many foods with sugar can lead to tooth decay, and with braces, it’s even harder to clean your teeth thoroughly. Healthy’s can satisfy your sweet tooth while providing a better option for your smile. We don’t recommend eating sweets all of the time. But when you do, remember only to indulge in foods that are safe to eat with your braces on. Hard foods can break or bend your braces, causing pain, and slowing down the teeth-straightening process! Luckily, all these spots in Little Rock offer brace-friendly desserts for the next time you need a little treat!