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A Braces-Friendly BBQ With Your Favorite Mahomet, IL Orthodontist

Summer 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 Mahomet orthodontist, you can whip up a delicious, fuss-free cookout using the finger-licking’ 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 just 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.

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 gazpacho, or toss together some fresh basil pesto, spaghetti noodles, and arugula for a healthy, mayonnaise-free alternative to conventional BBQ sides.

Consider Invisalign®

If you just can’t imagine giving up your favorite BBQ ribs, ask your favorite Mahomet orthodontist whether you’re a good candidate for Invisalign®. Instead of semi-permanent brackets and wires, Invisalign® uses clear mouthpieces called aligners to straighten teeth, and rather than frequent visits to your doctor’s Mahomet, IL 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 Shafer Smiles at 217.356.9595 and schedule a consultation with the top-rated orthodontist in Mahomet, IL.


About Shafer Smiles

Mahomet, IL’s Favorite Orthodontist Specializing In Braces And Invisalign

Dr. Shafer, Mahomet, IL’s favorite orthodontist offers a variety of braces and orthodontic solutions to give you the best smile ever. This includes traditional metal braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, clear braces, and Damon Smile braces.

Call 217.586.2030 today to schedule an appointment at our Mahomet, IL orthodontics office. Get the smile you’ve always dreamed of with Shafer Smiles!



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