Thanksgiving With Braces

Thanksgiving With Braces
Posted on 11/09/2018

Thanksgiving With Braces

If you're like us and love to eat ridiculous amounts of great food, then Thanksgiving is most likely one of your favorite holidays of the year! From delicious turkey stuffing to mounds of mashed potatoes and gravy, Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to get together and celebrate with a bounty of savory and sweet treats. For all you braces wearers out there, you’re in luck! Fortunately, the majority of traditional Thanksgiving foods are perfectly fine to eat, even if you’re new to wearing braces and your mouth is still slightly sore. 

Here at Henseler & Kocian Orthodontics in Stillwater and Woodbury, MN, Dr. Henseler, Dr. Kocian, and our staff want all braces-wearers to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal(s) to the fullest, which is why we’ve created this comprehensive guide to the few Thanksgiving foods you should avoid, and the foods you can scarf down risk-free...and maybe go back for seconds or thirds of. 

Thanksgiving Appetizers

Long before the turkey is done, our dining room tables often don plates full of delectable appetizers and tasty snacks. Sometimes, a few of these pre-turkey dinner treats can cause harm to your braces and your teeth. Some of the foods braces wearers should avoid include:

- Raw, crunchy veggies
- Potato chips
- Popcorn
- Mixed nuts

A few Thanksgiving apps that braces wearers can indulge in include:

- Cheese cubes or slices
- Salami or pepperoni slices
- Dips with soft bread or flaky crackers
- Meatballs

The Main Event: Thanksgiving Dinner

After devouring loads of appetizers (to the point where you’re already nearly full), the main event has finally come: the traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner. Fortunately, this part of your Thanksgiving festivities is the safest for braces wearers out there, as the majority of the foods are soft and easily chewable. 

Thanksgiving dinner foods that braces-wearers can safely enjoy include:

- Leafy green salads without nuts, raw carrots, or crunchy croutons
- Bone-free slices of turkey or ham
- Turkey stuffing
- Sweet potato casserole
- Mashed potatoes with gravy
- Soft dinner rolls

Thanksgiving dinner foods you should avoid include: 

- Turkey legs, or bone-in meats
- Sweet potato casserole covered with syrup and marshmallows

Thanksgiving Dessert

Ah, you’ve made it...but barely! By now, you’ve gotten so full from all the tasty carbohydrates and turkey slices that you might not have room for dessert. For all of you braces-wearing Thanksgiving soldiers out there ready to push on, rejoice! Majority of Thanksgiving desserts are soft and easily chewable, allowing you to have your cake and eat it, too. 

Some great Thanksgiving desserts perfect for braces wearers include:

- Pumpkin pie
- Apple pie
- Banana cream pie
- Coconut custard pie
- Cheesecake
- Lemon curd pie
- Muffins
- Soft cookies

A few Thanksgiving desserts to avoid include:

- Caramel apples
- Pecan pie
- Crunchy cookies with nut

Proper Thanksgiving Oral Hygiene

We get it, you’re way too full and want to take a load off on the nearest couch or rocking chair...but don’t take your turkey nap just yet! If you’re wearing braces, it’s critically important to brush and floss your teeth and brackets after your all-day feast. Proper oral hygiene is an integral element to ensuring your braces are doing their job! Brush and floss all those sugars and starches away as soon as possible, and make sure there aren’t any food particles stuck on or in between your teeth or brackets. 

Contact Your Expert Orthodontists In Stillwater & Woodbury, MN Today!

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays of the year, and thankfully, the majority of the foods you get to share with your family and friends are perfectly safe for braces wearers to eat! With only a few Thanksgiving foods to avoid, Henseler & Kocian Orthodontics is positive that you’ll have a wonderful turkey day this November! 

For more information on what foods braces wearers should avoid this Thanksgiving, feel free to give us a call today. Additionally, don’t forget to schedule your post-Thanksgiving dental examination with us, too!