Surviving the Holidays With Braces

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Surviving the Holidays With Braces
Posted on 12/20/2019

St. Louis is a wonderful place to be an orthodontist or in anypasted image 0 business for the holidays with the Festival of Lights and Thanksgiving Parade kicking off a host of joy-filled events! At Embrace Our World Orthodontics, we embrace the joy but also want to keep our braces and Invisalign patients thinking about their best oral hygiene. With the holidays also comes a plethora of sweet treats and holiday feasts our St. Louis braces patients must survive. You’ll be exposed to a variety of delicious-looking food choices and not all of them are going to be best for your braces. Take our advice here and keep your braces from damage while you’re enjoying the holidays! 

Increase Brushing Frequency

Combat the effects of sugary treats with more frequent brushing and flossing. From the leftover Halloween candy, you’re probably still enjoying the candy in your stocking and all the treats in between, your teeth are likely getting an overload of sugar. This sugar works with the natural bacteria in your mouth to form a sticky substance called plaque which can attach itself to your teeth and erode away your enamel coating, eventually causing cavities. Packing a toothbrush when you go out for the day makes it easy to brush after meals and snacks. And flossing can eliminate that plaque more effectively in and around your braces. Your teeth will thank you! 

Don’t Skip Your St. Louis Orthodontist Appointments!

With the holiday rush and many of you traveling to see family and friends, it’s tempting to cancel seeing your orthodontist in our St. Louis office. Big mistake. Every appointment you cancel puts your orthodontic treatment farther behind. Plus, our skilled doctors will want to see that your teeth are remaining healthy and moving in the right direction toward your new, beautiful smile. So, keep your appointments and keep on track!

Eat Healthy Foods & Snacks That Won’t Harm Your Braces

While Invisalign patients have the luxury of removing their aligners when eating, our St. Louis area patients with metal or ceramic braces will need to think about what they are eating during the holidays to best protect their orthodontic appliances. Holiday treats can be tempting but generally, stay away from hard or sticky foods. Whether you’re a teen or adult orthodontic patient, our orthodontists and staff at Embrace Our World Orthodontics are here to make sure the creation of your beautiful smile stays on track. Here are lists of holiday food no-nos and those you can still enjoy for our braces-wearing friends: 

  • Holiday Foods To Avoid 
      • Raw vegetables (cut up into bite-sized pieces instead)
      • Pie with crunchy fillings
      • Hard or tough bread (break into bite-sized pieces)
      • Casseroles that include crunchy fillings or toppings
      • Candy canes
      • Hard cookies
      • Pecan pie
      • Toffee
      • Peanut brittle
      • Nuts
      • Popcorn
      • Hard pretzels
      • Meat on the bone
      • Caramel apples
      • Corn on the cob
      • Caramels
      • Hard chips or crackers
  • Other hard candy
  • Holiday Foods To Enjoy 
    • Cinnamon applesauce
    • Potato pancakes topped with sour cream
    • Ham, turkey, pot roast
    • Mashed potatoes and gravy
    • Stuffing
    • Jello and other fruit salads
    • Deviled eggs
    • Cheesecake
    • Green bean casserole
    • Cranberry sauce
    • Pumpkin & custard pie
    • Hot chocolate
    • Cakes
    • Soft cookies
    • Pudding
    • Soft cheese & cheese rolls
    • Deli meats
    • Olives
    • Cooked veggies
    • Soft breads

 

Create A Kit For Brushing On The Go

Whether you’re traveling to grandma’s house or to see the Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, your Embrace Our World orthodontists recommend you create an oral hygiene kit that you can easily take with you. This travel/emergency orthodontic kit should contain a travel toothbrush and toothpaste, floss and mouthwash. You should also add orthodontic wax to protect your cheeks in case you do have a bracket or wire that breaks or bends. Give yourself the grace of enjoying sweets during the holidays while knowing you are doing everything you can to protect your teeth and your braces. 

Book Your Appointment With Embrace Our World Orthodontics!

Even with braces, there are plenty of sweets for you to enjoy this winter! But caring for your smile during the holidays is one thing you won’t regret. Take the time to schedule a complimentary exam book an appointment with Embrace Our World Orthodontics before the festivities get started. If you have any questions about what you can eat with braces, please reach out to us at our contact page, and we’ll be happy to help. You can also see what others love about Embrace Our World on our testimonials page. From everyone here at your St. Louis orthodontist’s office, we wish you a wonderful holiday season!