Christmas is a time of celebration, joy, and festivities. It is a time when people wish to meet their loved ones and share the joy of the season. However, if you are wearing braces, you might face some difficulties. It can be quite uncomfortable for you to eat the delicious foods of the season. However, you can still enjoy your Christmas with braces by following these tips.
Enjoying your favorite holiday treats with braces doesn’t have to be difficult as long as you remember to avoid sticky or hard candy and chewy foods like nuts, chips, and corn on the cob. Instead, treat yourself to some soft cookies and cakes, as well as tasty gelatins and puddings. Hard candies can break your braces, so it’s best to avoid them altogether. If you do find yourself munching on a candy cane or a jawbreaker, be sure to thoroughly brush your teeth afterward to remove any lingering sugar that may be left behind.
If you’re craving something a little more on the savory side, try soft pretzels or unsalted nuts. If your family is hosting a holiday meal, be sure to tell them about your braces so they avoid using any utensils that could break or damage the wires. They will have plenty of other options for you to eat with!
It’s also a good idea to drink lots of water between meals while you’re wearing braces to help rinse away any food particles and prevent staining. If you want to eat something sweet after a meal, you can also enjoy sugar-free gum or mints to freshen up your mouth. Your orthodontist will provide a full list of foods you should avoid during your orthodontic treatment so you can avoid damaging your braces or causing discomfort.
If you’re wondering how to keep your teeth extra clean during this time of year, remember to brush at least twice a day for two minutes, each time using fluoride toothpaste. Brush your teeth after indulging in any sweet treats to keep your teeth as clean as possible and avoid stains on your brackets. Floss regularly as well, and be sure to visit your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning to keep your smile healthy all year round.
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