The holiday season is the most magical time of the year! It’s the perfect opportunity to connect with family and friends, relax, and enjoy some delicious food. However, it’s important to remember to practice good oral hygiene and take care of your braces during the festivities. Here are a few tips you can follow to safely celebrate the holiday season with your orthodontic appliance
Safe Holiday Foods For Braces
The good news is that there are many foods you can safely enjoy this holiday season with braces. In general, you should aim for softer foods that are easier on your teeth, feel free to grab seconds of these holiday favorites:
- Mashed potatoes and gravy
- Sweet potatoes
- Pumpkin pie
Holiday Foods to Avoid With Braces
According to the Canadian Association of Orthodontists, it’s best to avoid any foods that are overly sticky, hard or chewy. Dr. Eimar also wants to remind all patients that it’s best to not to go overboard with sugary foods and beverages. We recommend staying away from the following this holiday:
- Hard fruits and vegetables
- Candy canes
- Peanut brittle
Proper Oral Hygiene Routines To Follow
While you are welcome to indulge in holiday treats just like everyone else, make sure you stick to a proper oral routine, and brush and rinse with mouthwash at least twice a day. Most importantly, flossing your teeth on a regular basis is crucial for those who have braces. As stated by Oral B, dental floss removes plaque and stuck food particles, and flossing prevents tooth decay and disease.
If you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment with Invisalign this holiday season, you won’t need to limit yourself when it comes to food options! However, make sure you remove your clear aligners before eating and brush your teeth well before putting them back in.
Get In The Spirit With Holiday Coloured Braces!
When coming in for your December appointment with Dr. Eimar, try changing the color of your braces! Red, green, gold, and silver are perfect, yet simple ways to get into the spirit. Plus, it’s recommended to change out the wires and pads in your braces every few weeks anyways!
We Are Here For You!
At Braces Plus in Airdrie, Alberta, we are here for your every need this holiday season. Click here to book your FREE consultation today! When you come in, feel free to ask about our offerings such as clear braces, metal braces and Invisalign. We hope you all have a great holiday season!