Living with braces can be an adjustment to your lifestyle all while adjusting your smile. There are certain foods you might need to avoid and certain good habits you must pick up. When it comes to celebrating your first holiday season while wearing braces, you might have a lot of questions or concerns. For example, are you wondering if you can still eat pecan pie or candy canes? We have compiled a couple of tips that might help you get through this holiday season a little easier. For any questions regarding life with braces, orthodontic treatment, or just your smile’s health, talk to Dr. Cabal at Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, Texas.
Navigating Holiday Food
Generally you want to avoid hard or sticky foods while you are wearing braces. These types of food can damage the braces and promote tooth decay. Some traditional holiday treats you should avoid include candy canes, pecan pie, peanut brittle, fruit cake, popcorn, and caramel apples. However, it is no fun to just dwell on the negatives or the things you might not be able to enjoy this year. There are some traditional holiday treats that you can indulge in, such as hot cocoa, pudding, soft gingerbread, cookies, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, apple pie, and anything else that is not too crunchy or sticky.
Keep Cleaning Your Smile
Between the decorating, shopping, and holiday parties, life can get very busy and hectic during this time of the year. It is important that no matter how busy life gets that you still prioritize your smile’s health. Leaving bacteria or food remains in your mouth while you sleep can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Keeping your smile and braces clean is the first step to having a strong, healthy smile.
Do you have questions about living with braces?
We hope these tips help you to navigate the holiday season with braces a little easier. To schedule your consultation call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Ft. Worth, White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.