What Holiday Treats can I have with Braces?

Sugary, crunchy, savory and sweet treats are all hallmarks of the holiday season. Life with braces around the holidays can be particularly difficult because you are surrounded with treats you should be avoiding. Sticky, hard and crunchy foods can damage the wires and brackets of your braces, and eating sugary foods can make your teeth more vulnerable to decay.

Unfortunately, many holiday treats have the characteristics of foods to avoid while you are wearing braces. These treats include:

  • Candy canes
  • Caramels
  • Toffee
  • Taffy
  • Jelly beans
  • Nuts
  • Pies

You can still have holiday goodies, but try some softer treats and reduce the amount of sugary snacks you enjoy. This year, indulge in these braces-friendly delights:

  • Soft chocolates
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Soft cookies
  • Pudding
  • Thinly sliced fruit

Fruit like apples should be cut into small pieces before eating so you don’t have to bite into the crisp surface.

If you live in Downtown Denver or Stapleton and are interested in braces, please contact the experienced Colorado braces dentist Dr. Robert Rudman at Cherry Creek Orthodontics to schedule a consultation.

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