Orthodontic Care During the Holidays

Orthodontic Care During the Holidays
Posted on 01/15/2020
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The holiday season is the best time for sweets and treats. Unfortunately, these can be a little harsh on our teeth, especially for patients with braces or Invisalign. At Heller Orthodontics in Bethesda and Laurel, MD, we want to make sure your orthodontic treatment plan works and straightens your teeth appropriately. To do so, we want to ensure you are practicing good orthodontic care, especially during the holidays. The last thing you want to do is come into the orthodontist’s office on your holiday. To avoid this, our orthodontist has put together a list of orthodontic care rules to follow this holiday season. Follow our guidance and you will have a stress-free, fun-filled holiday season, free of orthodontic problems!

Foods To Avoid Throughout the Holidays

As always, there are some specific foods that you should not eat while wearing braces because they may damage your wires and brackets and therefore, put your orthodontic treatment at risk. This is especially important throughout the holidays because we know the temptations are high. Please avoid eating the following foods:

  • Hard Foods: any type of hard foods can damage your braces. Foods to remember this holiday season: veggie platters (cut your vegetables into bite size pieces), nuts - beware of the ones covered in chocolate, and hard candies - this can be in the form of candy canes!
  • Sticky or Chewy Foods: sticky and chewy foods or candies are horrible for braces. They will pull on your brackets and cause unwanted damage. Avoid candies and desserts with caramel, toffee, and taffey. Remember - during the holidays, these foods may be masked with chocolate and actually have a caramel center!
  • Crunchy Foods: crunchy foods can be sneaky, some of the biggest culprits can cause a lot of damage. Look out for extra crunchy pizza crust or bread, pretzels, and ice! All of these can strain your brackets and/or wires.

Sports Mouthguard!

At Heller Orthodontics, we recommend anyone playing contact sports, whether they wear braces or not, to wear a mouthguard and protect their teeth. This is especially true during the holidays if you and your family enjoy playing ice hockey or a similar contact sport. Please protect your teeth from other players and the ice or floor, if you are at risk of falling. A mouthguard will not only protect your braces, but it will also protect your teeth. This also applies to our Invisalign patients in Bethesda and Laurel, MD as well.

The Good News

Although there are some precautions you must take this holiday season, there is some good news! You do not need to miss out on all the holiday desserts and treats. Our Bethesda orthodontic team recommends eating pudding, JELL-O, ice cream, and soft cakes or cookies. All of these desserts are easy to manage while wearing braces or Invisalign and will not damage your brackets or wires. And, please remember to keep up your normal oral hygiene routine of effective brushing and flossing, especially after you have eaten sugary treats!

Contact Heller Orthodontics For Your Next Appointment!

If you have any questions or concerns about your orthodontic care during the holidays, please ask our team. We will be more than happy to assist you. Our Laurel and Bethesda, MD orthodontist will assess any damage and ensure your orthodontic care is up to speed! To schedule your next visit, please call our office or request an appointment online. We hope all of our patients have a wonderful holiday season, filled with friends, family, and good orthodontic care!

Heller Orthodontics

  • Bethesda Office - 4350 East West Hwy. Suite 120, Bethesda, MD 20814 Phone: (301) 654-5433 Fax: (301) 657-8403
  • Laurel Office - 9811 Mallard Drive Suite 201, Laurel, MD 20708 Phone: (301) 490-2882 Fax: (301) 490-2882
  • North Potomac - 12116 Darnestown Rd. Suite L1, North Potomac, MD 20878 Phone: 301-258-7477

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