How to keep your orthodontics safe at Christmas

The season to be jolly is here! It’s the time of the year where you can enjoy all of your favourite Christmas foods.

But what if you have braces? This may seem daunting as you probably think you can’t enjoy any of the foods you love.

Well the good news is that there are plenty of delicious foods for you to enjoy, while keeping your orthodontics safe.

Here is a list of foods and things you should do during Christmas to protect your orthodontics and keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Foods you can eat with braces:

Dairy:

Most dairy products are soft and safe for people with braces to enjoy. Enjoy your custards, ice creams, yogurts, puddings, milkshakes and cream cheese.

Fruits and vegetables:

You should aim to eat soft cooked vegetables, steamed greens and mashed potatoes as these are all safe for braces.

Fruits that are soft and have little or no seeds are also great for you, such as bananas, berries, juices and sauces.

Soft grains:

Grains such as tortillas, muffins, soft breads, pancakes, pasta and rice are perfectly fine for you.

Meats and seafood:

Common Christmas meats such as chicken, turkey and ham won’t damage your braces. However, be careful if there are bones, and other meats such as tough steak should be avoided.

Tuna and salmon among other fish are safe for braces. Other seafoods such as scallops can also be enjoyed.

Certain nuts:

Nuts in general are crunchy and bitty, so it’s best to avoid eating them. However soft nuts such as walnuts can usually be safely eaten with braces.

Crackers:

Small crackers and chips can be enjoyed with salsa and dip; however, you should take care as they are crunchy and could damage braces if you’re not careful.

Foods to avoid with braces:

Crunchy and bitty foods:

Foods that are crunchy and leave small bits all through your mouth should be avoided, as these bits can become stuck between your braces or teeth causing issues.

Chewy foods:

Foods that require excessive chewing such as liquorice and tough meats should be avoided as they can damage braces.

Hard or seedy fruit:

Hard fruits such as apples should be avoided, unless cut into small pieces. Fruits containing a lot of seeds should also be avoided, as the seeds will get stuck between braces brackets and teeth.

Hard foods:

Foods that are hard such as ice should be avoided, as they can break braces while biting down.

Lollies:

In general, lollies should be avoided while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Especially lollies that are chewy, hard or contain high sugar levels.

Soft drinks:

Should be avoided altogether, the high sugar contents and staining are not good for orthodontic treatments.

Extra tips to help save your orthodontics over Christmas!

  • Brush twice and floss daily
  • Do not graze on snacks (prolongs acid attacks)
  • Healthy food choices
  • Don’t savour sweet after tastes
  • Rinse your mouth with water after eating

Our friendly team at South Yarra Orthodontics are passionate about helping people of all ages achieve their best smile. We offer a range of treatments, including metal and ceramic braces, Invisalign, lingual braces and other orthodontics.

For more information on orthodontics or to find out more about what you can, and can’t eat with braces, please contact us here.

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