Holiday Treats That Are Braces Friendly

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holiday treats that are braces friendly - lyons orthodonticsWho loves celebrating the holidays? We do! At Lyons Orthodontics, we enjoy spending time with our family and friends. Holiday treats are a big part of celebrating this time of year, which can be tough for those who wear braces. We don’t want you to miss out on holiday fun just because you have braces! In this article, we’re sharing a few yummy holiday treats that are braces friendly!

Soft and Non-sticky Treats

Since you have braces, you have to avoid some foods that could potentially harm your orthodontic application. Luckily, there are a number of delicious sweet treats that are not overly chewy. They’re soft, non-sticky and won’t damage your brackets.

Some of these include the following.

  • Hot chocolate
  • Marshmallows
  • Sugar cookies
  • Brownies
  • Cake and cupcakes
  • Cheesecake, including chocolate cheesecake!
  • Soft chocolates, including those that will simply melt when you pop them in your mouth
  • Ice cream
  • Bread pudding

All of these great holiday favorites are sure to be a great choice for you to enjoy when you’re wearing braces around the holiday season. 

Sweet Treats to Avoid

Whether you’re just got braces on top teeth or you have both top braces and lower braces, there are some sweet treats that you definitely need to avoid this holiday season.

Some of these include the following.

  • Toffees, caramels, and fudge
  • Candy canes, lollipops, and other hard candies
  • Taffy and jelly beans
  • Peanut brittle
  • Popcorn and pretzels
  • Any type of nuts

Tips for Protecting Your Braces This Season

If you know that you or your child will be attending a number of holiday events this year, you should consider baking and taking your own sweet treats that you know are safe for braces.

  • Chocolate treats that include brownies or cupcakes
  • Soft cookies, like sugar cookies or snickerdoodles
  • Gelatin-based candies that are soft and easy to chew
  • Mini pumpkin or apple pies, stay away from pecan pie
  • Ice cream, there are many holiday season inspired flavors to consider

If your teen is feeling down about having braces during the holidays, remind them that they can still enjoy holiday treats. There are countless options for delicious sweet and savory treats that will help to celebrate this holiday season with a tasty style! ‘Tis the season of eating yummy treats and spending time with the ones we love. 

Keep in mind that if you have adult braces, like the Invisalign Clear Aligners, you should remove your aligner before you enjoy your favorite holiday treats. Make sure that you carefully brush and floss before you put them back in.

If you’re ready to discuss what an orthodontic treatment plan looks for you or your child, contact Lyons Orthodontics! We offer FREE no-obligation consultations. It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted!

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