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When you have braces, whole apples are not allowed to be eaten due to the fact that biting into one can rip the brackets right off your teeth. So, what do you do if you’re an apple-lover with braces? We’ve got you covered with this baked apple recipe that is orthodontist approved. Just be sure to brush away the sugar after you eat one.

Select firm, medium-sized baking apples. Wash and core; remove about 1 inch of peel from stem end. Place in a baking dish.

Fill the cavity of each apple with granulated, brown or maple sugar, sprinkling a little over the peeled surface as well. Allow about 2 tablespoons sugar for each apple. Sprinkle with lemon juice or a dash of cinnamon and dot with butter.

Add enough boiling water to cover bottom of baking dish; cover and bake in a moderate oven (375° Fahrenheit) about 35 minutes or until tender. Remove apples; boil syrup until thick and pour over apples. Cool. Serve with plain or whipped cream.

Note: If apples are baked uncovered, baste occasionally with liquid in pan, adding more water if necessary.

If you would like more information about foods that do well with braces, call Dr. Anthony Scoma and our helpful team at Seaside Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Inc in La Jolla, California. Phone: 858-551-9700.