Things can feel complicated with new braces. How do you know which holiday foods are braces-safe? We’re here to help! Here’s what you need to know about which foods to avoid and which ones are braces-safe.

Avoid These Holiday Foods

Knowing which holiday foods are braces-safe and which ones aren’t is important, so let’s start by talking about the ones you should avoid.

In general, orthodontists typically recommend avoiding any foods that are chewy, sticky, crunchy, hard, or that you would bite directly into (think of corn on the cob, candy apples, or a dinner roll).

There can be exceptions, such as if you cut corn off the cob or tear a roll into bite-sized pieces before you enjoy it, but if you’re in doubt about the safety of a food it’s always a good idea to check with your orthodontist first to get their advice.

Braces-Safe Holiday Foods

Now, let’s get to the good part: which holiday foods are braces safe? Most soft foods are a great choice for braces, like cheesy or mashed potatoes, cooked veggies, casseroles, candied yams, and cranberry sauce. Soups, salads, and pasta can also be good options. For dessert, pumpkin pie, fruit pies, cream pies, custards, and puddings are all excellent choices.

As a rule of thumb, it’s typically a good idea to look for foods that are soft and don’t require a lot of chewing or biting into to help ensure that nothing catches or pulls on your braces or knocks a wire or bracket loose.

Taking Care of Your Braces during Holidays

Knowing which holiday foods are braces-safe and which ones aren’t is just the start if you want to keep your braces looking and feeling their best throughout the holidays! It’s also important to take good care of your braces to keep them in top shape by brushing and flossing regularly.

Having braces can feel complicated sometimes, but before you know it you’ll get them off and have an amazing new smile that will be worth it!

Call our Longview or Tyler dental offices, to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.

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