When the holiday season rolls around, you know we all are most excited for the home-cooked meals, fresh desserts, and guilty pleasure treats. As a parent of a child with braces, you should be aware of the foods they should avoid to prevent any mishaps. Having braces during the holidays doesn’t have to be daunting – it just takes some extra planning!

At Hoskinson Orthodontics, we are here to help you avoid the discomfort with some tips on how to plan. Yes, your child may have to sacrifice some of their favorites, like caramel, but they can still indulge in other tasty treats this holiday season.

What Foods Should I Avoid With Braces?

Some foods, and oftentimes your child’s favorite snacks and treats, can cause a detached wire or busted bracket. This can lead to misalignment in teeth, causing their braces to stay on longer. There is a reason why eating risky treats can lead to painful cuts or sores on the inside of your mouth.

Here is a list of foods your child should avoid if they have braces:

  • Popcorn
  • Pecan pie
  • Caramel apples
  • Raw or Crunchy Vegetables
  • Peanut Brittle
  • Christmas Bark
  • Candy Canes
  • Fruit Cake
  • Nuts
  • Taffy

Your child may be tempted to indulge in some of these items this holiday season, but it’s important to remind them of the damage they can cause to their braces. These are just a few foods to steer clear of, but there are other foods to avoid as well, such as gum, pretzels, hard taco shells, and more.

So… What Can Your Child Eat Safely With Braces?

Your child may seem frustrated at the food restrictions due to their braces, but don’t worry, there are plenty of delicious alternatives! Ditch the caramel apples and candy canes for treats with a softer texture that are just as enjoyable. This will help keep your child’s braces intact and prevent any harmful stray wires or bracket mishaps.

Foods To Safely Enjoy:

  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Soft Bread Rolls
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Ice Cream
  • Pudding
  • Turkey
  • Ham
  • Stuffing
  • Soft Chocolate
  • Creampuffs

There are so many different options to choose from that won’t negatively impact your child’s smile. Plus, by ditching the sticky and hard candy, you’re also skipping the mess. If your child is still upset about missing out on other foods, remember the better they take care of their braces, the shorter duration they will have them.

What Other Ways Can I Protect My Braces During The Holidays?

If your child takes the risk and sneaks in a crunchy, sticky treat, make sure they take extra care of their braces. You should be prepared if a bracket loosens or a wire disconnects. There are plenty of methods to add to your teeth cleaning regime when having braces to ensure your mouth stays unharmed.

Care For Your Braces By:

A Proper Diet
Allowing bones and tissues to receive essential nutrients needed to adequately change the structure of your teeth with braces.

Using Orthodontic Wax
Protect the surfaces within your mouth from bracket or wire scraping.

Brushing & Flossing
Cleaning the crevices and surfaces of your teeth to avoid decay or food buildup.

Mouthwash
Fluoride mouthwash can strengthen your teeth, while leaving them polished and fresh.

Interdental Picks
Reach the places your toothbrush or floss may miss.

Make The Holiday Season Pain-free!

Help your child and their braces enjoy the holidays with these easy care methods. There are many more techniques they can use to care for their teeth. We look forward to seeing your child in our office, but not with broken braces after the holidays. We want their orthodontic treatment to go smoothly and be able to enjoy the holiday season pain-free!

At Hoskinson Orthodontic, we want to help you enjoy the holidays without oral issues. For more information about our services, please contact us today.