The final round of holiday feasts is fast approaching, which is why at Ross Orthodontics, we want to ensure that our patients enjoy food and drink safely as the year draws to a close. Some foods that are tough or sticky are clearly not a good match with orthodontic wires, but we have lots of ideas for what people with braces can eat.
A lot of traditional Christmas main courses are soft enough to not endanger orthodontic wires. These include ham, ravioli, turkey, and, if very tender, brisket. Carrot sticks and radishes won’t do for appetizers, but boiled vegetables make a fine side, and braces provide an excuse for picking the cheese cubes and olives off a platter. Potatoes are safe when mashed or prepared as pancakes, and squash is a seasonal treat which is usually prepared in a way patients with braces may enjoy.
However, making food soft enough is not the only issue. Popcorn is soft, but the fragments get lodged in orthodontic brackets. Lots of holiday foods are high in sugar, which is why it is important to remove them from braces as soon as possible (and to remember to bring along a Christmas tree toothbrush and floss threader while traveling). Eggnog and wine are also high in sugar, so it’s a good idea follow up holiday toasts with a thorough brushing.
To learn more about Ross Orthodontics, visit Smiles by Ross. Offices are located in Forest Lake, Minnesota and Hudson, Wisconsin.