Brace Yourself, the Holidays are Coming!

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Straightening your teeth with braces can help you achieve a healthier, straighter, and more attractive smile. As we approach the upcoming holidays—Halloween, Thanksgiving, December festivities, and New Year’s—it’s important to remember that your orthodontic treatment continues without a break. You need to stay focused on why you’re wearing braces. By taking good care of them, you can fully enjoy all the holiday celebrations. Follow some useful tips to keep your teeth and braces safe and ensure your treatment progresses smoothly. Don’t forget to attend your regular appointments with our orthodontist. It’s also wise to have essentials like rubber bands, toothpaste, wax, and a retainer case readily available as the season starts.


With these holidays filled with festive cheer and delicious treats, it’s important to protect your braces to ensure they stay intact and your dental hygiene remains top-notch. Halloween, renowned for spooky costumes and sweets, presents particular challenges due to the potential damage hard and sticky candies can inflict on braces components. Avoid treats like candied apples, popcorn balls, caramels, taffy, and blow pops. Opt instead for braces-friendly options such as chocolate, soft cookies, muffins, cupcakes, and sliced fruits. After indulging, rinse thoroughly with water and, ideally, brush and floss.


Thanksgiving, a time for warmth and comfort with loved ones, offers a range of braces-safe delights. Enjoy soft cheeses, deviled eggs, bite-sized turkey pieces, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, corn casserole, stuffing, rolls, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Skip crunchy or nutty toppings and desserts like pecan pie or caramel-laden treats. Remember to brush and floss meticulously after your meal.

Winter Holidays & New Year

During the holiday season, as you decorate your home, exchange gifts, and join in festive gatherings with eggnog, hot chocolate, and champagne, it’s important to protect your teeth and braces from potential damage and cavities. Avoid hard candies like candy canes, as well as sticky treats such as peanut brittle, fudge, and chewy candies. Instead, opt for braces-friendly alternatives such as fresh seasonal fruits like kiwis, oranges, clementines, grapefruit, and tangerines, which are packed with vitamin C beneficial for gum health and fighting off seasonal illnesses. For meals and snacks, choose soft-cooked vegetables, soft cheeses like brie or cheese balls (without nuts), and soft treats such as cookies, bread puddings, cakes, muffins, and seedless grapes. These options are gentle on braces and less likely to cause discomfort or damage to brackets and wires. By being mindful of your choices and maintaining good oral hygiene practices, you can enjoy the holiday season with a healthy smile and minimize any risks to your braces.

Caring for your Braces During the Holidays

Regardless of the holiday occasion, maintaining strict adherence to your daily oral hygiene regimen is important, as neglect can potentially prolong your treatment duration. Brush thoroughly after each meal using a conventional or interdental toothbrush paired with fluoride toothpaste. Floss at least twice daily, or ideally after meals whenever feasible. Floss threaders can facilitate cleaning between teeth, brackets, and wires, while many individuals find oral irrigators to be both simple and effective. If traveling during the holidays, remember to pack your oral hygiene essentials, including extra elastics or any other required materials. Consistent care ensures your braces stay in optimal condition and contributes to achieving your desired treatment outcomes without delay.

During this vibrant holiday season, maintaining meticulous oral hygiene is top-notch, particularly for individuals with braces. This commitment helps prevent dental complications and orthodontic emergencies. Whether you’re dressing up in festive attire, preparing a delectable holiday meal, sharing warmth beneath the mistletoe, or setting aspirations for the new year ahead, ensuring your braces receive proper care will enable you to embrace each moment with a confident and radiant smile!