Braces-Friendly Recipes for Summer

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Try Braces-Friendly Recipes for Summer

At Clifton & Mauney, we pride ourselves on delivering the highest standard of pediatric dentistry and orthodontic care in the Chapel Hill, NC area. We make it our mission to do whatever we can to ease all our patients through the orthodontic treatment procedure. After first being fitted with braces, several changes will have to be made to a patient’s eating habits in order to accommodate the new braces. This means that no hard foods and no sticky foods should be eaten; these foods can cause damage to a patient’s braces. It may be a difficult change at first, but we want to show you that it won’t be so bad by providing you with several different appetizing recipes that are suitable to eat for the new brace-wearer.

Cinnapear Smoothie

This smoothie recipe is the perfect choice for just about any hunger situation. Whether you’re looking for a morning meal to wake up to, a snack, or just a drink to cool down with, this refreshing smoothie will be just the thing for you.


2 pears, quartered and cores removed

1 banana, cut in chunks

1 cup milk

½ cup vanilla yogurt

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 pinch ground nutmeg


Place the pears, banana, milk, yogurt, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a blender. Cover, and puree until smooth. Pour into glasses to serve.

Cornbread Casserole

If you’re looking for an excellent side dish for a main course, then look no further. This cornbread casserole recipe is not only delicious, but it’s a simple recipe that anyone will be able to make. This is sure to be a favorite of everyone who tries it!


¼ pound butter, melted

1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn

1 (15 ounce) can creamed corn

1 (8.5 ounce) package corn bread mix

1 ounce sour cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a mixing bowl, combine butter, whole corn, cream corn, corn muffin mix and sour cream. Fold all ingredients together, pour into 2 quart casserole dish. Bake for 1 hour.

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Just because you’re wearing braces doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy anything fun to eat! If you’re craving a dessert that’s sweet, try out this delicious iced pumpkin cookie recipe. Just make sure not to overdo it on the sugar!


2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

½ teaspoon ground cloves

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup butter, softened

1 ½ cups white sugar

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.

To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners’ sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.

Contact Your Chapel Hill Orthodontist Today!

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with us, we encourage you to fill out our appointment request form. Alternatively, you can give us a call at (919) 933-1007. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments. We hope to hear from you soon!