5 Tips for Facing the Holiday Season with Braces

Whether you have a child who wears braces or are an adult who wears braces yourself, straightening your teeth can mean a bit of an adjustment. Facing your first holiday season with braces can be intimidating. As you enter the holiday season, here are five things to keep in mind:

  1. Stay With Your Braces Routine: While the hectic and joyous nature of the holidays can make it seem like a good idea to make an exception for a special occasion, it is actually best to stay consistent with your braces routine. This also means ensuring that your child cleans their braces properly during the holidays.
  2. Avoid Sticky Foods: This is especially true with braces. Certain holiday foods tend to be particularly sticky or chewy and, as a result, will wind up in your braces. If your favorite food or your child’s favorite food is on the restricted list for braces, opt for small bites that don’t require too much chewing.
  3. Tell Your Family And Friends: Warn your family about the braces to help avoid surprises. This is especially important if you are shy about the way you look, or if your child feels uncomfortable in braces. Having others minimize their reaction will help make things feel more normal.
  4. Consider The Weather: Cold weather can make braces feel a little different. If you are in a state that gets cold in the winter, remember that braces may feel an extra uncomfortable because your teeth are more sensitive.
  5. Pack The Dental Care: Make sure that you have everything you need to care for your teeth if you are traveling. Your toothbrush, floss, and other important items should be at the top of your list. If you are a parent, this applies to your child’s teeth as well.

While getting through the holidays can be hectic, keeping you braces routine will help ensure that your teeth stay in the best possible shape.