A Braces-friendly Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. We wanted to share the below article from our site-wide sponsor, OP Smiles.

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching which means we will soon be gathered around the table to share thanks and enjoy our favorite holiday foods. If you or your child is dining with braces, your Thanksgiving menu may look slightly different than in years past. OP Smiles hopes to help you to enjoy a wonderful day with your family without any complications coming from your braces! We encourage you to take a moment to review our recommendations on the best options for the upcoming holiday.  

Foods to Enjoy

Below are a few of our favorite Thanksgiving foods that are braces-friendly:

  • Turkey & Ham — we recommend cutting your serving off the bone and into small bite-sized pieces.
  • Mashed Potatoes — soft and delicious mashed potatoes are an ideal side item for those dining with braces.
  • Stuffing — you should have no issues enjoying this Thanksgiving classic.
  • Deviled Eggs — since deviled eggs are a soft food, they won’t cause a fuss with your braces.
  • Rolls & Muffins — steer clear of bread with added nuts but many traditional rolls and muffins are safe for braces.
  • Gravy & Cranberry Sauce — these soft accompaniments are great but be sure to drink plenty of water with your cranberry sauce due to its acidity, which can increase your risk of enamel erosion.
  • Pumpkin Pie & Cheesecake — these sweet treats are both smooth and creamy, making them easy to eat with braces.

Foods to Avoid

Below are foods that you want to be wary of at the dinner table. These are better to avoid while wearing braces:

  • Raw Vegetables — biting into hard, raw veggies could harm your braces. Substitute for softer veggies, such as green beans, carrots that have been sautéed, and baked sweet potatoes.
  • Nuts — avoid snacking on nuts before the main spread is ready.
  • Sticky Desserts — sticky desserts using caramel can easily get stuck in and around your braces.

Happy Thanksgiving from OP Smiles

There are plenty of braces-friendly options to enjoy this Thanksgiving. No matter what you chow down on, remember to floss and brush your teeth after your meal to help prevent food particles from getting lodged in your braces.

The team at OP Smiles is thankful for the opportunity to treat our wonderful patients. As always, if you need help making dental decisions while wearing braces, contact the OP Smiles team today!


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