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Tips for Eating Those Special Holiday Foods With Braces


06recipehealth-articleLargeThe holidays can be a tricky time for patients with braces, and temptations can easily run amok when everyone is enjoying delicious holiday dishes (like Mom’s green bean casserole – yum!). There are a number of foods you should avoid if you have braces, but not to worry – there are foods you can still indulge in during the holidays.

No matter what time of year it is, the most important thing to remember is to keep up on your oral hygiene. If you eat or drink anything sugary or sweet, this is especially important if you have braces so that your teeth don’t begin to decay. Your Kansas City, MO orthodontist should have shown you the proper way to brush and floss with braces, but if you need a refresher, please don’t hesitate to give our Kansas City, MO orthodontic office a call.

Foods To Avoid With Braces

Some of the foods that are popular during the holidays that you should avoid with braces include anything hard, crunchy, or sticky. What might that include? Let’s take a look.

• Peanut brittle
• Nuts
• Gingerbread cookies
• Candy canes
• Taffy
• Caramel apples
• Popcorn
• Brownies with nuts
• Jelly beans
• Pretzels
• Pecan pie

Though many of these foods are delicious, if you have braces they can easily bend a wire or break off one of your brackets by accident. What a drag! Don’t fret too much, though – there are other holiday foods you can still enjoy, as long as you keep up with your oral hygiene.

Foods To Enjoy With Braces

Food is a major part of any holiday celebration, especially if you have a big family or end up inviting a lot of friends over. Between turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, casseroles, and gravy, the holidays are notorious for enjoying a wide variety of delicious foods… just before going into a food coma!

With so many restrictions when you have braces, what are some of the things you can still enjoy during the holidays?

• Mashed potatoes
• Gravy
• Turkey
• Ham
• Dinner rolls (soft)
• Stuffing
• Cranberry sauce.
• Sliced fruit
• Peanut butter cups
• Soft chocolate
• Pumpkin pie
• Custard
• Ice cream
• Pudding

As you can see, there are plenty of foods you can still enjoy, and if at all possible, you can customize your recipes to take your braces into consideration. For example, if you usually include nuts in your stuffing, you can leave those out this time around. As far as fruits and vegetables are concerned, you can either make sure they’re cooked or cut into small pieces so you don’t have to bite off of anything.

Just because you have braces doesn’t mean you have to be excluded from enjoying the amazing food that the holiday season is famous for! You may not be able to indulge in quite as much, but you can still enjoy a lot of different foods. If you’re the one cooking, you can customize your recipes to be a little more favorable for braces.

Do you have any questions or concerns? We are always available to help you. So if you have a question concerning a holiday food that wasn’t mentioned or you aren’t 100% sure whether it’s okay to eat something in particular, give us a call at 816-384-0801. Our patients are a top priority, and we want to help you make the most of your holidays.


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