People often treat the holidays as an ongoing “cheat day” for their diets. However, if you’re wearing braces, you might have to ignore the holiday cheat days everyone else is partaking in, and stick to the general rules of wearing braces. While eating extra calories might not be too harmful, eating the wrong foods and damaging your braces could be—follow this list of Christmas foods to avoid with braces.
General Foods to Avoid with Braces:
- Avoid hard foods, as they may hurt you from bite pressure, or damage the wires on your braces.
- Avoid sticky foods, as they may stay on teeth and cause stains around your brackets.
- Avoid sugary foods, because they likely will create stains around your brackets as well.
With that said, let’s get to which specific foods you should enjoy and avoid at Christmas dinner.
Which Christmas Dinner Foods are Okay with Braces?
Turkey, ham, and stuffing are all soft foods that are fine options to eat at Christmas dinner. Mashed potatoes are another safe option for your plate as well.
The main food to avoid with braces while eating Christmas dinner is hard vegetables. Eating uncooked vegetables from a snack tray might lead to sore teeth or a popped wire. Opt for cooked vegetables that will be gentle against your braces.
Which Christmas Treats are Okay with Braces?
There are some candies that are completely okay to eat with braces, as long as you brush and floss your teeth afterwards. Soft treats, such as chocolate or ice cream are some of the safer foods to eat while wearing braces (be mindful of your sugar intake though!). Another food you can safely enjoy with braces is pie, as long as it is has a soft crust.
Christmas Foods to Avoid with Braces:
- Candy Canes
- Cookies or brownies that contain caramel or nuts
Caramel is too sticky of a food to eat with braces, and nuts are too solid to safely eat with braces. Look out when selecting Christmas cookies. If your Christmas cookies seem to fit the bill, but are too hard, dip those cookies into milk to soften them.
Make sure that you always brush your teeth right after dinner (or eating anything sugary), wear your rubber bands, and most importantly, enjoy the holidays! Contact us today if you have any questions about braces.