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Surviving the Holidays with Braces

Enjoying the Festivities and Keeping Your Smile Bright

The holidays are full of celebrations, gatherings with friends and family, and big delicious meals. However, if you are navigating the holiday season with braces, there may be certain treats to avoid in order to prevent an orthodontic emergency. But don’t fret - you can still enjoy the holidays! Use these tips to make your holidays festive and bright:

Eat Foods on the Nice List

Certain foods are unsafe to eat with braces, no matter the time of year. And while desserts are always a fan favorite this time of year, some of them can be very damaging. Sticky, crunchy, and hard foods all make the naughty list this year because they increase your risk of breaking a bracket or wire. Avoid biting down on candy canes or other hard candies, eating any treats with caramel, or anything with nuts and seeds like peanut brittle. Softer foods like mashed potatoes, lean cuts of turkey or ham, dinner rolls, pies, and ice cream all make the nice list for braces during the holidays and will leave your stomach satisfied.

Brush After Every Meal

The best way to care for your braces is to brush your teeth after every meal. When you eat with braces, it is easy for food to get stuck in between your brackets and teeth. If left uncared for, this could ultimately lead to tooth decay and cavities. For those traveling for the holidays or eating at someone else’s home, pack a travel-sized toothbrush with you so you can brush even on the go!

Stick to Your Hygiene Routine

The holiday season packs your schedule with parties and dinners. However, these additional plans can easily throw someone off of their regular routine. When you have braces, oral hygiene is of the utmost importance to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and cavities. Brushing after every meal, flossing regularly, using an interdental brush, and swishing with mouthwash will help keep your pearly whites sparkling bright. Without being in your usual routine, you are more likely to skip multiple steps pertinent to your oral health. If you feel too tired and want to go straight to bed after a night of celebrating, be sure to brush and floss first!

Don’t Skip Your Appointments at LVL Orthodontics

We know that adding more things to your schedule during an already hectic time can be stressful. However, skipping orthodontic appointments only prolongs your treatment plan. At LVL Orthodontics, your health and happiness are our priorities. Prioritize your oral health and keep your orthodontic appointments for any adjustments or examinations that may be necessary.

To schedule your appointment today, contact us online or call (469) 300-5213.

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