Happy Holidays from Dougherty Orthodontics! If you’re an orthodontic patient, it’s important to note that some traditional holiday treats are not safe for your braces. You may be wondering, “What holiday desserts are safe to eat with braces?” To help answer this common question, we’ve put together some info on braces-friendly holiday treats.
Guidelines for Eating Holiday Treats with Braces
In general, good nutrition and a healthy diet are important for maintaining a healthy smile. Sugary foods should be avoided as much as possible during orthodontic treatment. But just because you wear braces, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy many of your favorite seasonal treats. In order to prevent damage to your braces and avoid prolonging your treatment time, follow these guidelines on what to eat and what not to eat this holiday season.
Holiday Sweets that Are OK to Eat in Moderation
It’s fine to indulge in treats that are soft, non-sticky, and not too chewy—such as:
- Hot cocoa
- Soft sugar cookies (decorated with frosting, not sprinkles)
- Cheesecake with strawberries
- Soft chocolates (the kind that melt in your mouth)
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
- Hershey’s Kisses
- Ice cream
- And more… (See below for some festive, braces-friendly recipes!)
Holiday Sweets to Avoid
Do your very best to avoid desserts and candies that are hard, crunchy, chewy, and sticky—such as:
- Gingerbread cookies
- Candy canes
- Peanut brittle
- Anything with nuts or crunchy crusts
- Popcorn (Remember: Popcorn and braces don’t mix!)
Recipes for Braces-Friendly Holiday Treats
To help you get into the Christmas spirit, we hunted down some fun holiday recipes for kids with braces. The following braces-friendly holiday treats are festive, soft, yummy—and not to mention adorable!
- Strawberry Cheesecake Santas
- Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats
- Marshmallow Snowmen Cupcakes
- Fudgy Cocoa Bites
- Big Soft Ginger Cookies
- Christmas Tree Brownie Pops (Substitute the sprinkles with mini M&Ms or frosting.)
Have questions about braces-friendly holiday treats? Contact us. Call St. Louis orthodontist, Dr. Dougherty, at 636.825.1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a wonderful holiday season and Merry Christmas!