The holiday season is officially upon us! It’s a magical time of the year that consists of gift-giving, spending quality time with loved ones, and (of course) eating. If you’re currently undergoing orthodontic treatment, you might not be as excited as others to indulge in all the seasonal meals and treats. Instead, you’re probably more concerned about food getting stuck in your braces and sending you straight to your orthodontist. Luckily, you can prevent that from happening with the following tips for eating holiday meals with braces.
Take It Easy
Patience is the key to many things, including eating holiday meals with braces. Although you can indulge in most of your favorite foods while undergoing orthodontic treatment, you should take it easy with certain items. Make sure you choose slowly and carefully. If it helps, you can try cutting your food into smaller pieces for easier consumption. Avoid taking big bites of anything or scarfing down your food. It’s important to take things slow and steady!
Follow a Soft-Food Diet
Do you want to know the best part about the holiday season? There’s usually a variety of soft and hard foods to choose from during parties, events, dinners, and other festivities. If you wear braces, it’s a good idea to opt for the soft food options first. Some popular options include mashed potatoes, carrots, yams, soups, cream-based pie, and pudding. If you want to enjoy food that’s a bit chewier (like turkey or ham), use a knife and fork to cut them into small pieces.
Cut Your Food into Bite-Sized Pieces
Certain meats and one-bite type appetizers can be challenging for people with braces to consume. If you want to indulge in these foods, make sure you cut them in half or in bite-sized pieces instead of trying to eat the entire thing in one go. Whenever possible, opt for foods that are soft and easy to chew so you don’t have to worry about cutting them into smaller chunks.
Chew Your Food with Caution
While eating your favorite foods, make sure you chew slowly and carefully! It’s a good idea to bite with the side of your mouth instead of using your front teeth. Also, do your best to exercise caution when trying and tasting different foods. You could get an unexpected surprise (i.e., hidden nuts and large chunks of meat or vegetables) when biting down on your food.
Pack a Dental Kit
Don’t forget to take proper care of your smile amidst all the holiday fun and excitement! It’s especially important for patients undergoing orthodontic treatment to continue to practice good oral hygiene. If you’re going to be away from home, you can stay on track while on the go by preparing a dental care travel kit. Make sure it includes essentials like a toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash. Do your best to clean your teeth shortly after eating, even if it’s just a snack!
Your smile doesn’t have to suffer this holiday season. By following the tips outlined above, you can avoid having problems with your orthodontic treatment while celebrating the holidays with your loved ones!
About the Author
Dr. John Siu has over a decade of dentistry experience under his belt. He earned his Dental Medicine Degree from the prestigious Boston University School of Dental Medicine, graduating as a top Dentist in his class. Dr. Siu and his team at The Dental People of Katy are passionate about educating patients to help them make confident and informed decisions for their smiles. If you have any questions about eating holiday meals with braces, they’re more than happy to help. You can reach Dr. Siu via his website or call (281) 769-7648.