We want all of our patients to have the absolute happiest holidays possible! We know that schedules are out of the ordinary and that there are all kinds of foods and goodies that might not be in your everyday diet. That’s why we want to remind you to remember to take care of your braces during this time of year. Check out some of our tips to help your braces have a great holiday too!
Foods to Avoid
We know this one is hard, but the same foods that will break or damage your braces during the rest of the year can still damage them during the holidays. Remember to avoid super sticky or gummy sweet treats and candies. Really hard foods can also wreak havoc on your brackets and wires. Steer clear from nuts, hard crackers, hard cookies and as always, popcorn.
Don’t Forget Your Instructions
There is a lot of excitement during the holidays and it’s easy to forget everyday habits. Be sure to remember the instructions that your orthodontist has told you about your braces or Invisalign. If you wear rubber bands, be sure to wear them as instructed. If you have Invisalign, don’t forget to wear or change your trays as normal.
It’s easy for toothbrushes or other oral hygiene tools to get forgotten at home when traveling or lost altogether. Have backups ready in case you lose or forget your toothbrush. Even if you don’t need it, you’ll have one when it’s time to replace it!
Water, Water, Water
The holidays lead to some serious between-meal snacking. Be sure to drink plenty of water this time of year! Not only does it give teeth a quick rinse between brushing, it also helps keep you hydrated. Whenever possible choose water over sugary beverages like punch, soda, or sports drinks.
Don’t Miss Appointments
Everyone is busier this time of year, but it’s really important to keep your scheduled appointments. If you realize that you won’t be able to make an already scheduled appointment, it’s important to let us know as soon as possible. We want to reschedule you as close to your original appointment time to make sure your treatment stays on track!
Basic Brushing and Flossing
This next one sounds obvious – and it is, but it’s also very important! Brushing and flossing twice a day and after meals when possible is the very best way to take care of your braces and teeth during the holidays. Don’t let traveling, sleeping in when school is out, or late nights get in the way of remembering to brush and floss.
Follow these tips and your braces are sure to have a happy holiday. We hope that you and your family do too! As always, if you have any questions, just let us know. Our entire team is here to help during the holidays – and all year long!