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 The holidays can be rough for orthodontics patients, as there are a lot of things you should avoid eating. It’s tempting to bend or even break the rules, but it is NOT worth the risk of damage to your brackets and wires. Broken braces are not a good addition to holiday plans! To help prevent this, be sure to be aware of the foods you are supposed to avoid.

Pecan Pie: It could be argued that the number one culprit of broken braces during the holiday season is pecan pie. Everything about pecan pie is a bad idea for your braces! Sticky caramel, nut pieces, starchy crust. All of these things can get caught in or even break your brackets and wires. Stick with fruit, custard, or cream pies for the season. Avoid caramel and nuts independently or in foods, as well. Try using nut extracts in cakes, cookies, and soft meringues to get that nutty flavor without the risk of damage to your braces.

Veggie Trays: While getting your daily dose of vegetables is very important, the crunchy, tough vegetables often found on holiday party trays can damage your braces. Stick with the softer veggies offered at the holiday dinner.

Whole apples: Whole apples are a bad idea. Try thinly sliced apples for a sweet crunch without the bracket damage. Try dipping fruit slices in chocolate for an extra fun treat.

For more information, call Lee A. Mahlmann, DDS, MS, Inc. in Richmond, Texas at 281-342-6311. Dr. Lee A. Mahlmann and our team would love to help you have a braces-healthy holiday season!