The holiday season is right around the corner! And while you’re probably excited about all the delicious holiday foods coming your way, you might be a little nervous about how your braces will hold up. Luckily, you can still enjoy the holidays while also keeping your brackets safe. Read on for our top oral care tips for holiday braces.
Know Which Foods to Avoid
Stay away from foods that are hard and sticky, such as caramel, taffy, and hard candies. These foods can damage your brackets and wires! You should also stay away from foods that have small pieces, such as seeds and crushed nuts. These can get trapped between your wires and might be difficult to remove.
Enjoy in Moderation
While some foods are no-gos for braces users, most holiday treats can be enjoyed in moderation! Feel free to indulge in cakes, cookies, and candies- as long as they are free of the ingredients above. Of course, too much sugar can be damaging to your teeth, as well as your overall health. Use common sense, practice moderation, and enjoy your favorite holiday foods.
Brush and Floss Regularly
During the holidays, you might be consuming more sugar than usual. Therefore, it’s especially important to brush and floss regularly. This will remove debris and plaque, helping your mouth to remain healthy even after indulging.
Pack the Right Supplies
Remember to bring the right supplies when traveling to holiday parties. This way, you enjoy the holiday fun without needing to worry about your teeth. Be sure to pack your floss, dental wax, and toothbrush. Keep a small dental kit with you in your purse or car so that you can stay prepared wherever you go.
Don’t Forget Your Check-Ups!
We get it: The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year. However, it’s still important to remember your dentist and orthodontist appointments. Putting these appointments off can put your teeth at risk in the long run. Plus, braces require monthly adjustments in order to work properly. Book your holiday braces appointments at Adventure Orthodontics to set yourself up for a healthy smile in the new year- and beyond.