Holiday Tips & Tricks for Braces Wearers

Holiday Tips & Tricks for Braces Wearers
Posted on 11/30/2020

The holidays are here, and the staff at the office of Dr. Roy Gonzalez, Jr., want to help you celebrate. Braces are truly a gift, giving you the confidence to smile brighter in life. However, you may be wondering what you can eat with braces during the holidays. Here are some dental tips to ensure your maximum comfort.

Dental Tips

Because you may be enjoying special dishes during the holidays, it’s important to prioritize taking care of your braces. Try to floss twice daily, as well as brush your teeth after every meal using fluoride toothpaste. If you visit a family member’s household, make sure to put together a travel kit to take care of your teeth while away from home. Your travel kit may include a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, orthodontic wax, and pain-reliever, just in case.

Foods to Indulge In

There are tons of foods that won’t harm your teeth or braces, making it easy to focus on what you can eat, instead of what you cannot. Softer foods can be enjoyed worry-free, allowing you to make the most of the holidays. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Gravy
  • Deviled eggs
  • Turkey or ham
  • Stuffing
  • Cooked, soft veggies
  • Ice cream
  • Pumpkin pie

Foods You May Want to Avoid

While there are plenty of drool-worthy foods to look forward to, certain foods should be avoided. Foods that are hard, sticky, and chewy, can get stuck in your braces. This may cause damage, such as tooth decay, as well as general pain or discomfort. Foods you may want to avoid include:

  • Peanut brittle
  • Candy canes
  • Lollipops
  • Caramel apples
  • Taffy
  • Raw or sugar-coated nuts
  • Crunchy vegetables
  • Hard crackers or cookies

Happy Holidays from Dr. Roy Gonzalez

We hope you enjoy yourself this holiday season. If you have concerns about whether a food should be avoided, ask yourself if it’s crunchy or sticky. If the answer is yes, you may want to opt for another food item. We wish you the utmost comfort and hope to see you incident-free in our offices soon. Make an appointment here.