Orthodontic Holiday Preparation

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Orthodontic Holiday Preparation
Posted on 11/20/2018
Orthodontic Holiday Preparation

Holiday Advice from Your Topeka & Lawrence Invisalign & Braces Provider

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s only a matter of time before you’ll likely find yourself facing down a table laden with a variety of classic holidays dishes. However, you’re currently undergoing a braces treatment — so what now? In order to get the most out of your braces treatment, it’s important to have a game plan going into the holiday meal season. Having a plan beforehand will help you know which foods to enjoy, which to avoid, and an understanding as to why. Luckily, your Topeka & Lawrence orthodontist at HWH Orthodontics is here to help, with this handy holiday guide full of tips to get you through the holiday season with braces.

Foods to Avoid

Though there may be many tempting dishes at the table this year, it’s important to understand what types of food items you should avoid while wearing braces. Extremely crunchy food items, such as raw vegetables, nuts, or corn on the cob should be passed on, as they can break or damage brackets or wires. Unfortunately, turkey legs will also be out of the question, as eating food straight off the bone could pose a hazard, should your braces accidentally catch on the bone while biting. Any especially tough or chewy meat should also be avoided. Extremely sticky, gooey, or sugary foods should also be skipped while wearing braces. Not only do sugary foods pose a health risk to your teeth in general, but sticky treats like caramels can cause damage to brackets or wires, meaning an extra (and possibly emergency) trip to your Topeka and Lawrence orthodontist.

Foods to Enjoy

Luckily, there are still plenty of holiday staples that are safe to enjoy with braces. Stuffing, as long as there is nothing crunchy added, should be more than fine to consume. Other soft side dishes such as macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, and cooked vegetables are also safe to eat. Tender meats, such a chicken and turkey, are also safe to eat, so long as they are cut from the bone and sliced into bite-sized pieces. As for desert, it’s still best to eat sugary treats sparingly, but as long as you avoid crunchy or sticky desserts, you’re in the clear — just make sure to drink plenty of water and brush your teeth afterwards!

Make Regular Visits to Your Orthodontist in Lawrence & Topeka, KS

Keeping regular appointments with your Lawrence and Topeka orthodontist throughout the holiday season will help ensure your braces treatment stays on track. Should any damage accidentally be incurred to your braces at any point, it will also allow a chance to get in and have the problem resolved much more quickly. It’s always best to listen to your orthodontist’s advice, and never be afraid to ask questions about the do’s and don'ts of braces treatment.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Braces & Invisalign Lawrence & Topeka Provider

If you would like to find out if you are an ideal candidate for braces or Invisalign treatment, your braces & invisalign Lawrence provider at HWH Orthodontics is here to help! Contact us today if you have any questions or concerns, or to schedule your appointment now! We look forward to seeing you soon, and wish you and your family Happy Holidays!