It seems like only yesterday that we were basking in the warmth of summer, and now the holiday season is just around the corner. This time of year can be a tricky one if you have braces and there are definitely some foods that you will need to avoid. Here is a list of the foods that I recommend you avoid and some to enjoy this holiday season.
Foods to Avoid
Many favorite holiday treats are foods that you will need to avoid. An emergency trip to your orthodontist during the middle of the holiday season or discomfort from a broken brace or pokey wire is no fun. To avoid these potential troubles, here is a short list of some of the more popular holiday treats and what kind of damage they can do to your braces.
- Candy Canes – perhaps the most popular holiday treat. Candy Canes have the potential to damage brace wires or even the braces themselves because they are a hard candy. Leave them for tree decorations this year.
- Peanut Brittle and other hard candies –these treats can damage braces or wires.
- Nuts – this snack can damage braces or wires or the hard pieces can get stuck between the wires, making it a nightmare to clean.
- Veggie Trays – avoid the hard veggies such as carrots as they can be very tough on braces.
Foods to Enjoy
It is not all doom and gloom, however. Although there are a few definite no’s when it comes to holiday treats, there are also some holiday favourites that you can enjoy!
- Gingerbread Houses – Enjoy the gingerbread, just steer clear of any crunchy, chewy and gummy candies and try to limit the hard icing that holds the house together.
- Cakes and Cookies – If they are soft, they are a safe bet for your braces.
- Chocolate – Make sure to enjoy chocolate in all of its forms this holiday season from ice cream to pudding to chocolate covered fruit.
- Holiday Dinner – yes, holiday dinner can still be eaten even with braces. Enjoy this year’s turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and all of the other fixings.
This is just a small list of the many great holiday treats that you can enjoy with braces. Keep in mind that if the treat is soft and not crunchy, hard, or chewy, chances are it is safe for your braces.
Cutting foods into bite size pieces and taking small bites will help protect your braces.
Regardless of what treats you enjoy this holiday season, it is important that you thoroughly brush and floss your teeth so that the sweets do not damage your teeth. You want to avoid tooth damage and cavities at all costs.
With a little foresight and a few reminders, the holiday season can be enjoyed worry free.
Happy Holidays from Mountain Orthodontics!