Enjoying The Holidays With Braces

Enjoying The Holidays With Braces
Posted on 12/19/2016
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Now that we’re in the holiday season, there will be many parties and other get-togethers planned where lots of delicious foods will be served. If you’re wearing metal or ceramic braces, this is a time to be extra careful about what you eat. With so many tempting foods available including foods which are hard, sticky, chewy and crunchy, it’s very important to remember that these types of foods can damage or break your appliances. Even though you have to steer clear of these braces-busting foods, you can still have loads of holiday fun as long as you follow these simple tips.

Brush Your Teeth More Often

Because so many holiday treats are loaded with sugar, it’s a good idea to try to increase the number of times per day you brush your teeth. This will help prevent all that sugar from eating away at the protective enamel on your teeth to help you avoid the development of tooth decay which could derail your orthodontic treatment.

Remember To Avoid All the Foods That Can Harm Your Braces

When you first got your braces, you were given specific directions regarding all the different types of foods to avoid that can damage your wires and brackets. Before you sit down to enjoy a holiday meal or snack, think about which types of foods you can and cannot enjoy while wearing braces so you don’t eat something that damages your appliances. A good idea is find out what is being served at the holiday parties you will be attending so that you can bring along your own braces-friendly dishes if necessary.

Don’t Skip Your Orthodontic Appointments

child with orthodontist

Even if you are very busy shopping and socializing during the holiday season, you should not cancel any appointments we’ve schedule for you. These appointments are important for keeping your orthodontic treatment on track so make room in your schedule to ensure you have the time to visit your Johannesburg orthodontist.

Some Healthy Braces-Friendly Holiday Snacks

While it may seem like you cannot enjoy any of your favorite holiday foods like hard crusted rolls, sticky desserts and hard & chewy candies, there are in fact many foods and snacks you can enjoy while wearing braces. Below are a few healthy alternatives you can safely eat when you have braces bonded to your teeth:

  • All types of low fat cheeses including soft holiday cheese balls and logs (without nuts)
  • Soft, whole grain bread sticks and any soft breads without hard crusts
  • Low fat yogurt topped with fresh berries or soft fruits and drizzled with honey
  • Potato pancakes topped with sour cream
  • Fruit salads with grapes, oranges, nectarines, cantaloupe and bananas
  • Cinnamon-baked apples
  • Strawberries dipped in low fat yogurt or pure dark chocolate

Questions? Contact Us!

Dr. Choonara and his friendly team want all our patients to enjoy the holiday season! If you have any questions about what foods you can and cannot eat when wearing braces, please don’t hesitate to contact us because we’re always more than happy to speak with you. Our orthodontic practice proudly serves patients in Randburg, Johannesburg, Sandton, Midrand and more. Contact us today at (011) 678-8090 to learn more, and one of our dedicated staff members would be happy to assist you. We look forward to hearing from you soon!