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Holiday Survival Guide for Braces

The holidays are just around the corner, and so is the temptation to indulge on all of the delicious crunchy and sticky treats that make the holidays happy . . . but not your braces.
Before digging in, check out the tips below to help make sure your braces survive!

Don’t Go Nuts

It may be tempting to grab some of these tasty holiday treats, but beware as they are certain destruction for wires and brackets.  Also, be careful when sinking you teeth into cookies, a slice of pie or a chunk of fudge . . .  they’re known to hide out in these treats.

Say No to Chewy and Crunchy

Party foods like caramels, candy canes, popcorn and chips are holiday must haves, unless you have an orthodontic appliance. If you need to tame your sweet tooth, make sure you opt for brace-friendly treats like soft, plain chocolates, peanut butter cups and other melt-in-your-mouth varieties.

Drink Plenty of Water

Soft drinks and hot cocoa taste yummy, but their contents can damage teeth. Enjoy them in moderation and rinse with water after drinking. Water will help keep the saliva flowing, keep you hydrated and wash away plaque, sugar and food particles.

Be Prepared

Pack dental floss, a toothbrush, toothpaste, wax if you are traveling for the holidays and be sure to brush 4 times each day — breakfast, lunch, dinner and bedtime. Keeping up on your oral hygiene will help keep your teeth and braces sparkling.

Have Happy Holidays with These

Don’t worry, there are plenty of delicious treats you can enjoy this holiday without worrying about your brackets . . .

- Pudding and Jell-O
- Pumpkin pie
- Soft chocolates
- Dinner rolls
- Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing
- Cranberry sauce or sliced fruit

The holidays can be a great time to start orthodontic treatment, with easier scheduling and a transition period during holiday break! Associated Orthodontists offers complimentary in-office consultations and NEW Virtual Consultations for all locations. Our friendly Treatment Coordinators will verify your insurance and create a customized interest-free payment plan. To schedule your complimentary consultation, or to find the Associated Orthodontist location near you, please visit

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