Thanksgiving and Orthodontics: Protecting Your Appliance This Holiday

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Do you know that there are Thanksgiving foods and treats that can harm your smile? Well, it’s true! But how do you know which ones are good and which ones are bad for your braces? Well, we are thrilled to help you by providing the following suggestions:

Main meal
When it comes to the meats of Thanksgiving, you’re in luck! Both turkey and ham are safe for your braces, as long as you cut them into small pieces before you eat them. Never eat the meat directly off the bone. Salads, casseroles, and dressings are usually safe—just make sure they do not contain any nuts, croutons, or anything else that is crunchy.

Some good sides to eat during Thanksgiving include mashed potatoes, steamed veggies, and green beans. You can also eat cornbread muffins and sweet potatoes. These foods are suggested because they are soft, chewable, and easy on your teeth.

Sugary treats are not the best for your orthodontic appliance. However, feel free to bite into your pies, cakes, and cookies this holiday. Always remember to brush your teeth about 30 minutes after you do so. The best desserts to eat include pumpkin pie, chocolate mousse pie, and sweet potato pie. We do not recommend eating pecan pie. This pie has chunky, nutty ingredients that are harmful to your brackets and wires.

It is also important that you avoid eating caramel, caramel apples, nuts, chips, and popcorn. We care for you and your smile and we want to help you have a successful and delicious Thanksgiving this year. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call!