Surviving The Holidays With Braces

Surviving The Holidays With Braces
Posted on 10/15/2019
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The start of fall means we’re heading straight toward the holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years will be here before. The holiday season brings celebration, fun gatherings, and most notably—food. For braces patients, this means that it’s important to be selective about the foods and drinks you consume. However, you shouldn’t have to miss out on holiday fun just because you have braces! At Henseler & Kocian Orthodontics, we’ve compiled the following tips to help our patients survive the holidays with healthy smiles.

Holiday Foods You Can Eat

There’s sure to be no shortage of yummy food everywhere you look during the holiday season. The following is a list of some foods you can eat with braces:

  • Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Pudding
  • Custard pies
  • Cheese
  • Deli meats
  • Olives
  • Cooked veggies
  • Soft breads

Foods To Avoid

It’s important to be a bit more cautious with your braces during times where food is in abundance to avoid breaking any braces. With a bit of intentionality and some simple preparation, you can enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas while ensuring the best possible outcome for your smile. Be sure to avoid the following:

  • Caramels
  • Candy canes
  • Other hard candy
  • Sticky desserts
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Hard chips or crackers
  • Raw vegetables (cut up into bite size pieces)
  • Hard or tough bread (break into bite size pieces)
  • Casseroles that include crunchy fillings or toppings

Create An Oral Care Kit

One of the best things you can do for yourself during the holidays is to pack an oral care kit full of essentials that you can keep with you at all times. This will make it easy and convenient to take care of your smile during all the feasting of Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations. Include the following:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Anything else you need to keep your smile fresh!

Book An Appointment With Henseler & Kocian Orthodontics!

Caring for your smile during the holidays is one thing you won’t regret. Take the time to schedule a complimentary exam with Henseler & Kocian Orthodontics before the festivities get started. If you have any questions on what you can eat with braces, please reach out to us at our contact page, and we’ll be happy to help. From everyone here at Henseler & Kocian Orthodontics, we wish you a wonderful holiday season!