The holiday season can be a difficult time for people who are in orthodontic treatment. But no need to worry – with a few quick tips you can fully enjoy everything the season has to offer without sacrificing your ortho progress!

Stick to the Basics

When you are on the road, or staying up late, or moving from house to house, it can be a challenge to prioritize your oral health. Even if you aren’t able to spend as much time as usual, just focus on completing the basics for your smile. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least a couple times a week can make all the difference when you’re busy during the holidays!

Want to make sure you’re prepared no matter where you go? Pack a travel kit with a spare toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash will ensure you are never stuck without the necessary tools!

Think Twice About Dessert Choices

Of course we never want to tell someone to stay away from delicious desserts, and many can still be enjoyed safely even when you’re in braces! Feel free to indulge in dishes like mashed potatoes, casseroles, boneless turkey or ham, and your favorite desserts like pumpkin pie, chocolates, and iced cookies. However, if you’re in braces try to avoid the more dangerous desserts like candy canes, peanut brittle, and anything that is overly sticky.

Come See Us in the New Year

After a busy holiday season, the best thing you can do to keep your teeth healthy is meet back up with your dentist and orthodontist. Schedule your January appointment at your earliest convenience, so we can check on your progress and keep your smile healthy through the new year!