This holiday season, while you are wearing braces, there are some things to keep in mind to ensure your smile stays healthy and you don’t put your orthodontic treatment at risk. While the winter holidays are considered the most wonderful time of the year, you want to be mindful of your braces and make some adjustments. For example, you can still enjoy your favorite hot chocolate or brandied eggnog by drinking with a straw to minimize contact on your teeth and braces.
Just so you don’t think we’re related to the Grinch, we have some wintery goodies that you can safely enjoy without worrying about your braces.
Braces-Friendly Holiday Foods
Clean Your Braces and Teeth
After indulging in holiday goodies, brush and floss thoroughly. It helps to remove trapped food particles and oral debris off tooth surfaces, wires, and brackets. While you might be tempted to slack off during the whirlwind activities during winter break, it’s a bad idea because your teeth will pay the price. Take a few minutes to clean them throughout the day after enjoying sweets!
Flossing is easy with a floss threader to get in between brackets and under the braces’ wires. If you don’t already have one, a Waterpik makes dislodging food particles stuck behind the wires, between teeth, and around brackets with ease. It’s also a present you can give yourself that keeps on giving all year round!
Get Yourself a Travel Kit
If you’re lucky enough to travel for the holidays, be sure you’re prepared to keep your smile in great shape. Get a cool, travel-sized braces kit stocked with a toothbrush, dental floss, mouthwash, orthodontic wax, and a compact mirror to use after eating along with extra elastics as needed.
Wear a Mouthguard
If your family loves playing winter sports or engaging in other indoor and outdoor holiday activities, safeguard your smile! Does your family have a tradition of rock climbing indoors? Ice skating at a rink? Snowboarding, skiing or sledding? Do you enjoy ice hockey? Wearing a mouthguard during those kinds of activities can keep your teeth and orthodontics protected.
The Gift of Straight Teeth
This holiday season, while you are giving yourself the gift of a straightened teeth and an aligned bite, be sure to protect your investment. Before you know it, your time in braces will be up, and you can indulge in all your favorite activities again. We are always here to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy during orthodontic treatment!