Holiday Treats Can Wreak Havoc On Braces

Which Holiday Goodies Are Safe For Your Orthodontics?

The holiday season is full of goodies and sweets, but eating them with braces or Invisalign in Gainesville can create a chaotic situation. Yet this doesn’t mean going through the season without being able to enjoy any holiday treats. The team at Studio32 Orthodontics provides guidance on the holiday sweets you can enjoy and the treats you should skip this year.

Avoid These Holiday Sweets

Most of these holiday sweets are available year-round and should be avoided throughout orthodontic treatment. A good rule of thumb is to steer clear of any treats that are chewy, crunchy, hard, and/or sticky when you have braces in Gainesville.

Candy Canes

The swirls of red and white candy canes provide a stark contrast among holiday decorations, and if you have braces, that’s where candy canes should stay. This enduring holiday treat is chewy, crunchy, hard, and sticky, making it a prime example of what to avoid while eating with braces. If you can’t escape the peppermint-goodness, use the candy cane as a stirring stick in a mug of hot cocoa, which is on our braces-friendly holiday list.

Popcorn

When the annual tin of flavored popcorn appears during the holidays, remember popcorn and braces never get along at any time of the year. Popcorn can lodge in brackets and teeth while unpopped kernels can chip teeth and break braces.

Peanut Brittle

If a neighbor drops off a holiday cookie plate, chances are the traditional peanut brittle is included. But, the name itself should dissuade anyone with Gainesville orthodontics from digging into this holiday treat. Peanut fragments can lodge in the brackets, while the brittleness of the treat is likely to break brackets and wires.

Fudge

It’s tempting to sneak a tiny piece of fudge, yet Studio32 Orthodontics urges you to resist temptation. The thick consistency of fudge makes it difficult to remove from braces, even with thorough brushing and flossing. Plus, many varieties of fudge include nuts, which can damage brackets and wires.

Braces-Friendly Holiday Treats

It can seem like all holiday treats are off limits with braces, but according to Dr. Mullally, an orthodontist in Gainesville, FL, if you’re strategic, you’ll find there are many you can still enjoy!

Soft Sugar Cookies

Mmm, our mouths water when we think about holiday sugar cookies! These holiday staples are fun to cut out and decorate — even if they’ll quickly be eaten. Make sure any recipe you use is for soft sugar cookies as regular sugar cookies are too hard to eat with braces. Also, bypass sprinkles — we know, sprinkles make everything better — unless you want to spend the holiday digging them out of your braces and teeth.

Hot Cocoa

Curling up on the sofa with a mug of hot cocoa is a great way to unwind from the holiday hustle and bustle. Just remember to brush and floss afterward to minimize possible cocoa stains on your teeth. And if you want to drop a few marshmallows into a steaming mug of cocoa, go ahead! Marshmallows are safe to enjoy with braces.

Cheese & Fruit Platter

Holiday treats can be laden with high amounts of sugar, which any Gainesville orthodontist will urge you to avoid as much as possible. Cheese and fruit platters are a great snacking option to enjoy with friends and family. Many fruits provide the sweet edge of baked goods while some types of cheeses are packed with protein, making this combo an excellent choice for holiday enjoyment and oral health!

Meringues

Light and delectable, meringues provide a crunch without the risk of damaging your braces. Plus these cookies come in a variety of flavors and styles so you’ll still have a range of braces-friendly holiday treats to choose from!

Find An Orthodontist In Gainesville, FL

The holiday season is often packed with social gatherings and events with friends and family. We understand it’s a busy time, but we encourage you to continue practicing good oral hygiene — especially as you enjoy holiday sweets and treats! At Studio32 Orthodontics, we provide braces for kids and adults with the same attentive dedication to patient care throughout treatment. To schedule a consultation, contact our office today!