How To Survive Thanksgiving With Braces | Frisco Orthodontics

How To Survive Thanksgiving With Braces

Thanksgiving is the day when everyone throws aside eating in moderation to feast with family and friends, At Corbridge Orthodontics, our team and orthodontists understand that you may have some difficulties enjoying all of the delicious foods that are prepared for your Thanksgiving day feast. So we’ve prepared these tips for our Frisco, Little Elm, and Prosper area patients to help you care for your braces and enjoy the day without having to sacrifice the dishes you love!

Appetizer Tips When You Have Braces

The turkey is almost never ready upon arriving at Thanksgiving dinner, leaving plenty of opportunity to snack on appetizers.

  • Fill your plate with soft foods like cheese chunks or slices, meatballs or cocktail weenies and bread.
  • Avoid appetizers like crispy salads and vegetables, popcorn, nuts, and chips.

What To Choose For Your Frisco Main Course

The Thanksgiving meal will be the easiest to partake in with your braces because there are minimal sticky or hard foods.

  • Fill your plate with ham, turkey or chicken; just don't eat these foods off of the bone.
  • Soft sides like mashed potatoes, stuffing and bread are a good choice as these foods are easy on your teeth.
  • Avoid salad toppings like nuts, raw fruits and vegetables, and croutons.
    You’ll also want to skip on food items you have to bite into like corn on cob and turkey legs, and dishes that are on the chewy side until you are brace-free.

Desserts: Proceed With Caution

That piece of pie, or whole pie, will be calling your name after you’ve made room for more food following your turkey dinner. While the team at Corbridge Orthodontics always wants you to be mindful of the sweets you consume while you are wearing braces or Invisalign clear aligners, you don’t have to skip out on dessert during the holidays! Here are a few suggestions:

  • Fill your plate with pies that have soft or creamy fillings. If there are pecans or nuts in the pie, just pass those along for someone else to eat. If pie isn’t your thing, cookies without nuts work, too along with puddings and jello salad.
  • Avoid sticky desserts like toffee and caramel as these can be hazardous foods, causing damage to your braces and prolonging your orthodontic treatment time.

Pack Your Braces Hygiene Kit

If you haven’t created one already, the holidays are a perfect time to put together a braces or Invisalign hygiene kit! With this kit, you can travel to your aunt’s in Frisco, your grandma’s in Little Elm, or your stepdad’s in Frisco and have everything you need to keep your braces free from food particles and your whole mouth clean. Pack your braces hygiene kit with the following:

  • Travel size soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste
  • Orthodontic wax
  • Compact mirror (great for checking for any stuck food in your braces)
  • Pocket tissues
  • Floss threader (super helpful for flossing fast) & coated floss
  • OR Ortho Flossers (great disposable flossers that get between your teeth and wires)
  • Tongue scraper (not as gross as it sounds and great for getting rid of bad breath)
  • Travel size mouthwash
  • Invisalign case (if you’re wearing aligners, this is a must for storing during eating and brushing)
  • Lip balm (use one with shea butter to keep your lips hydrated)

Contact Us Now For Questions!

Just like you would with all other meals, it’s crucial to remember good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth after eating to remove any leftovers from your braces. Savor your day with friends and family and Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Corbridge Orthodontics. If you have any questions for us, we’d love to hear from you! Contact us or give us a call at (214) 705-6188 to schedule an appointment with us for braces or Invisalign in Frisco, Prosper or Little Elm.

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