Food During Orthodontics

How To Survive Thanksgiving With Braces | Frisco Orthodontics

October 25th, 2018

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.

5 Foods to Avoid With Braces | Orthodontics Frisco, TX | Braces Care

August 24th, 2018

Your Go-To Orthodontist in Frisco, Prosper, & Little Elm, TX

At Corbridge Orthodontics, our amazing doctors and staff strive to provide you with effective, personalized orthodontic treatment in a stress-free environment. We pride ourselves on offering a variety of treatments to patients of all ages, from traditional type braces to Invisalign. Because we strive to be the premier provider of braces and Invisalign in Frisco, TX and the surrounding areas, we also know that extends into helping educate our patients on proper care of their teeth while undergoing orthodontic treatments. Part of that is knowing which foods to enjoy and which to avoid while wearing braces.

Foods to Avoid

It’s important to avoid certain foods during your orthodontic treatment that can cause damage to your braces and teeth. Your Frisco, Prosper and Little Elm area orthodontist can provide you with further information and tips on foods to avoid, but you can continue reading to find a little bit more now.

Hard or Crunchy Foods

Foods that are hard and/or crunchy can cause damage to wires and brackets if chewed. Some examples of hard and/or crunchy foods to avoid are:

  • Hard bread, such as pizza crust
  • Taco shells
  • Nuts
  • Whole apples
  • Corn on the cob
  • Raw vegetables
  • Hard candy
  • Ice
  • Hard pretzels

Tough, Chewy, and Sticky Foods

As they are often difficult to bite through, tough or chewy foods can also cause damage to brackets and wires, while sticky foods can wrap around these parts and pull on them, damaging or even breaking them off — as well as making your braces difficult to clean. Sticky or chewy foods to avoid include:

  • Bagels and soft pretzels
  • Tough meats like steak and jerky
  • Caramels
  • Gummies
  • Taffy
  • Gum
  • Toffee and other sticky candy

Sugary Food and Drink

While consuming sugary foods in moderation is solid advice regardless, it’s an especially important guideline to follow while wearing braces, as your teeth tend to be more susceptible to tooth decay during braces treatments. A few examples of sugary food and drink to avoid are:

  • Sweet tea and lemonade
  • Soft Drinks
  • Candy
  • Cookies
  • Ice cream
  • Cakes and pies

Foods to Enjoy

Although it sounds like a lot of food is off-limits during your braces treatment, there is still a wide variety of foods that can and should be enjoyed while wearing braces!

  • Vegetables cooked until soft
  • Fruits in small, bite-size pieces
  • Bread warmed until soft or soaked in soup
  • Yogurt and cottage cheese
  • Fish, tender pieces of chicken or turkey, and soft lunch meats
  • Eggs
  • Pasta and rice
  • Pudding and applesauce
  • Mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower

Schedule an Appointment with your Frisco Orthodontics Provider Today!

If you’ve been searching for an orthodontist in Frisco, Prosper, and Little Elm, TX that you can trust, look no further than Corbridge Orthodontics. We provide a wide variety of orthodontic treatments, including emergency treatment, to patients of many ages. It’s our mission to provide, effective, personalized treatment in a stress-free environment. If you’re interested in learning more about braces or Invisalign in the Frisco area, contact us today — or simply fill out our convenient online form to get started. We look forward to seeing you!

Halloween – The Scariest Holiday For Your Teeth

October 14th, 2014

Frightful Fallout For Braces in Frisco

Between the costume contests, carnivals, jack-o-lanterns, trick-or-treating and pumpkin spice lattes, it’s easy to get swept away by the allure of All Hallows Eve. Every year more than 158 million Americans participate in Halloween purchasing a frightful $2.1 billion of candy alone! While all these sweets are regarded as a treat, there is one victim who gets tricked year after year – your teeth.

Astonishingly, the average trick-or-treater can devour about three cups of sugar during Halloween. To help assist with the never-ending battle dentists and orthodontists encounter around Halloween, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has declared October the National Orthodontic Health Month. During this month, the AAO supports research and education leading to quality patient care and also increases public awareness regarding the importance of orthodontic treatments.

Rethink Your Treats

While sugar can wreak havoc on any set of chompers, individuals wearing braces are especially susceptible. To diminish the damage that candy can do to braces, the AAO has declared the following food items taBOO!

  • Caramel
  • Nuts
  • Licorice
  • Jelly beans
  • Hard pretzels
  • Bubble gum
  • Candy corn
  • Lollipops
  • Potato Chips
  • Ice

Alternative Treats

If you’re looking for braces-friendly alternatives to the list above, try replacing them with the following sweets:

  • Soft chocolate
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Gelatin treats
  • Ice cream
  • Smoothies
  • Root beer floats
  • Apple cider

If you do happen to damage your braces during this time, please contact our office at (214) 705-6188 to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Happy Halloween!

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