Holiday Treats to Avoid with Braces

The holidays are filled with sweet treats and yummy food traditions that many of us look forward to all year. Unfortunately, for those with braces, many of the classic holiday treats we look forward to can land us on the orthodontists’ naughty list this holiday season. Avoid an extra trip to the orthodontist this holiday season by avoiding the following treats:

  • Candy Canes are hard to bite and sticky. They can be a true nightmare for those with braces by breaking brackets and loosening wires.
  • Peanut Butter Brittle and Peppermint Bark are two examples of tough and sticky holiday treats that our braces just don’t mesh with. In fact, anything brittle is best to avoid.
  • Gingerbread houses are fine with their soft cookie base, but avoid the hard icing and candies that are used to decorate.
  • Nuts are found in many holiday recipes. Because many nuts are hard try to choose a cookie or brownie without the nuts this year.
  • Pecan pie tastes so good, especially when it is warm with a scoop of ice cream! But the sticky texture can cause some serious damage to your orthodontic appliances.
  • It’s no secret that taffy is sticky. Stay away!
  • Although veggies are so good for you, some of the harder vegetables that come in the classic party trays are best to avoid with orthodontic appliances and braces.

Sorry if it seems like we just knocked all your favorite holiday treats off your list this year, but avoiding an orthodontic emergency can often be more important to our patients. The good news is that there are still a lot of holiday treats that you can have without causing problems to your braces.

  • Fruit is not only healthy for you, it is often soft and easy to eat when you have braces. Many families choose to have chocolate covered fruit during the holidays, which is a great option as well.
  • So, you shouldn’t reach for the peppermint bark this year, but finding your fix with peppermint patties is an option to curb that craving.
  • Soft chocolates are also safe for your braces.
  • And, of course, there will always be lots of cake and cookies around the dessert table. Like we mentioned earlier, if they don’t have nuts, these are safe for those with braces.

Your orthodontist is always available to treat any problems with your braces during the holiday season, but we like our patients to remain comfortable and avoid unnecessary office visits. Follow these tips to reduce the risk of having to make an appointment, but know that we are there when you need us! Happy Holidays!