Thanksgiving is here, this means time with friends and family, and of course, the feast. If you’re wearing braces, this means that you have to make some choices when it comes to enjoying all the delicious foods. You may be wondering which foods and safe to eat and what should be avoided. Well, the Sugar Land Orthodontics team of Dr. Halford have put together a simple guide that will help you enjoy Thanksgiving without impacting your braces.
As a general rule, try to avoid foods that are hard, sticky or crunchy. Hard foods increase the chances of damaging your wires and brackets, while sticky foods can get stuck between the brackets and lead to discomfort.
Foods you can enjoy during Thanksgiving:
Turkey- It’s the staple meal of Thanksgiving and of course, it’s perfectly fine to enjoy as much as you want. Just remember to cut the meat from the bone.
Ham- Just like Turkey, there are no issues with having ham. Cutting the pieces into smaller bite able parts make it easier to eat.
Stuffing- Generally, you can enjoy stuffing, just make sure that there are not hard pieces such as nuts or croutons that could damage your braces.
Vegetables- As long as your veggies are cooked you are good to go. If you have corn, make sure to cut it off the cob.
Muffins- There should be no issues with enjoying muffins, rolls or bread. Just make sure that there are no added nuts, and you’re good to go.
Steer clear of these foods:
Nuts- Nuts can really damage your braces. Ask the host if nuts have been added to any dishes so you can separate them or avoid that dish altogether.
Popcorn- Everyone enjoys those tasty caramel or chocolate covered popcorns, but these can be really bad for your teeth. The hulls are known to get stuck in your teeth. Please avoid eating any kind of popcorn while you’re wearing braces.
Uncooked vegetables- Vegetables are safe to eat if cooked, but in their raw form, they are too hard and may damage your braces.
Corn on the cob- On the cob, corn can do some damage to braces. But there are no problems if it is cut off.
Chips- Chips are too crunchy and pose risks to braces.
Caramel- Avoid this sticky treat that can easily get caught up in your braces.
Also, as a reminder, try to limit your intake of sugary treats. Make sure to thoroughly brush your teeth after each meal. By following these guidelines, your teeth and braces will thank you! Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Halford Orthodontics!