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picture1Summer is the perfect time to invite over some friends, uncover the pool, and fire up the grill. But if you or a loved one has braces, you might be wondering what braces-friendly dishes will fit with your BBQ theme. Thanks to your favorite Brandon, FL, orthodontist, you can whip up a delicious, fuss-free cookout using the finger-lickin' dishes suggested below.

Serve Up the Perfect Protein

BBQ is practically synonymous with tougher meats such as steak, hamburger, ribs, and chicken, but those options aren’t always ideal for those of us currently wearing braces. Grilled fish is a fantastic alternative; heartier fish like salmon taste delicious with a dab of smoky barbecue sauce, and meats like brisket and pork shoulder that are cooked low and slow might work too, as long as they’re tender enough to be pulled apart with a fork.

Side Suggestions

Before you cross corn on the cob off of your list of possible side dishes, consider this quick fix: simply cut the kernels off the cob and enjoy! You’ll have to brush a little more diligently later that night, but it’ll be worth it. Classic BBQ sides like potato salad, macaroni salad, baked beans, deviled eggs, and even macaroni and cheese are also great to enjoy.

Non-Traditional Dishes

Who says you have to stick to the classics? Chase away the hot summer sun by serving up a silky-smooth chilled smoothie, or toss together some fresh basil pesto, spaghetti noodles, and arugula for a healthy alternative to conventional BBQ sides.

Consider Invisalign®

If you just can’t imagine giving up your favorite BBQ ribs, ask your favorite Brandon orthodontist whether you’re a good candidate for Invisalign®. Instead of semi-permanent brackets and wires, Invisalign® uses a series of clear aligners to straighten teeth, and rather than frequent visits to your Brandon orthodontics office to have your braces tightened, you’ll just drop by to pick up your next custom aligner. Best of all, the Invisalign® system is practically invisible and the aligners can be taken out when you eat, drink, or clean your teeth.

Summer is the perfect time to get used to new braces before heading back to school in the fall. To see what treatment options may be right for you, call Turke Orthodontics at 813.264.1435 and schedule a consultation with your top-rated orthodontist in Brandon, FL.

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