The holiday season is upon us, and while it may be full of joy and celebration, it can also present some challenges when it comes to managing your braces. As orthodontic professionals, we understand the importance of maintaining your treatment plan and ensuring the best possible outcome for your smile. That’s why we’ve put together a list of dos and don’ts for braces during the holiday season.
Do: Stick to a Soft Food Diet
The holiday season often means indulging in all kinds of delicious treats. However, for those with braces, it’s important to stick to a soft food diet. Hard, crunchy, or sticky foods can damage your braces or get stuck in between your brackets and wires, causing discomfort and potentially delaying your treatment progress. Stick to softer options like mashed potatoes, cooked vegetables, and casseroles.
Don’t: Bite into Hard Foods
While it may be tempting to bite into that crunchy apple or nut-filled cookie, it’s best to avoid hard foods altogether. Instead, cut them into smaller pieces or opt for a different treat to enjoy. Hard foods can cause damage to your braces, such as bending wires or loosening brackets, leading to more frequent visits to the orthodontist and potential delays in treatment.
Do: Brush and Floss Regularly
With all the holiday festivities, it’s easy to forget your oral hygiene routine. However, it’s crucial to continue brushing and flossing regularly with braces. Food particles and bacteria can easily get trapped in your braces, leading to plaque buildup and the risk of cavities. And don’t forget to pack a travel toothbrush if you’re away from home for any holiday celebrations.
Don’t: Chew on Objects
Many people have a habit of chewing on pens, pencils, or other objects without even realizing it. But with braces, this habit can be harmful. Chewing on objects can cause damage to your brackets and wires, leading to longer treatment times and increased discomfort. Keep your orthodontic appliances safe by avoiding this habit.
Do: Plan Ahead for Holiday Gatherings
If you have holiday gatherings or parties on your schedule, it’s best to plan ahead. Bring a small orthodontic kit with you, including items such as wax, floss, and a toothbrush. This way, you can address any issues that may arise with your braces while away from home. You can also inquire about the menu beforehand to ensure some options are safe for your braces or bring soft food snacks to enjoy.
Don’t: Ignore Discomfort
Having braces during the holiday season, you may be tempted to push through any discomfort or pain caused by your braces. However, it’s essential to address any issues promptly. Ignoring discomfort can lead to more significant problems with your braces, such as broken brackets or wires. If you experience severe pain or discomfort, contact your orthodontist for guidance.
Do: Follow Ogden Orthodontist’s Instructions
Dr. Ogden has provided you with a specific treatment plan for a reason — to give you the best possible outcome for your smile. It’s crucial to follow their instructions, even during the holiday season. This includes wearing any elastics or appliances as directed, attending scheduled appointments, and practicing proper oral hygiene. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office for clarification.
Don’t: Neglect Your Orthodontic Appointments
We understand that the holiday season can be hectic, but it’s essential not to neglect your scheduled orthodontic appointments. Missing appointments can delay your treatment progress, leading to longer treatment times and potentially affecting the overall outcome of your braces. If you’re unable to make an appointment, be sure to reschedule it as soon as possible.
While having braces during the holiday season can present some challenges, it’s crucial to continue taking care of your orthodontic appliances. By following these dos and don’ts, you can ensure that your braces stay safe and your treatment stays on track. With proper care and attention, you’ll be one step closer to achieving the perfect smile you’ve always wanted. Happy holidays from Ogden Orthodontics!