Preparing for Thanksgiving While Undergoing Orthodontic Treatment

Preparing for Thanksgiving While Undergoing Orthodontic Treatment

Posted by Evrigenis Orthodontics on Nov 26 2022, 10:04 PM

Preparing for Thanksgiving While Undergoing Orthodontic Treatment

Thanksgiving is a time of family, friends, and food. However, for braces patients, it can be a time of extra stress. If you’re currently undergoing orthodontic treatment, you might feel concerned about what you can eat this Thanksgiving. Fortunately, the holiday is still a great time to enjoy your favorite foods. You can enjoy your favorites by modifying your cooking methods and making use of some orthodontic-friendly tools and products.

What To Expect 

Some patients experience treatment discomfort for a day or two after getting braces, but most patients find that their discomfort is minimal and does not interfere with their daily lives. If you’re concerned about pain following your orthodontic appointment, you can talk with your dentist about different methods for managing any pain or discomfort. It’s important to follow all aftercare instructions as instructed by your dentist so that you can recover as quickly as possible and get back to your regular routine! We have a few recommendations to help you prepare for Thanksgiving dinner with your orthodontic appliance in your smile.

First, try to eat soft foods the day of or the day before your appointment with Invisalign or other braces. This will help minimize the amount of discomfort you experience and allow you to recover from the minor soreness that you may experience for a few days afterward. Applesauce, yogurt, mashed potatoes, and other foods are good options for a soft meal before your session. You can also ask a friend or family member to make your favorite recipe with soft food for your dinner the night before and the morning of your dental visit. This can make for a delicious dinner and will allow you to enjoy your dinner with all of your family. Just be careful not to bite into anything hard, like nuts, popcorn kernels, steak bones, or corn on the cob; these can all cause damage to your teeth or your brackets and wires. It’s best to stick to softer foods until your tenderness subsides for a while. If you continue to feel discomfort after your oral surgery, be sure to contact your dentist to let them know.

Additionally, it’s best not to eat sticky foods like chewing gum or caramel on the day of your dental visit. These foods and candies can stick to the brackets and wiring of your braces and cause damage. It can also increase your chances of experiencing gum irritation or inflammation, which can slow down your recovery time.

Finally, it’s best to avoid eating overly sugary foods and drinks during your recovery from orthodontic treatment.

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