What not to eat while wearing braces this Xmas

Guess what? Christmas is around the corner! And, after an extremely challenging year, we can’t wait to take a well-earned break. Of course, food (lots of it) is an important part of Christmas. We don’t want to spoil your fun, but if you wear dental braces, be careful about what you eat.

Bad foods

Dental braces are pretty tough. However, certain foods can still damage components like the wires and rubber bands — even the brackets.

So, think twice before you indulge. Here are some foods to avoid this Christmas:

Rule of thumb: If you can’t squash something between your fingers and thumb, DON’T EAT IT.

Good foods

Thankfully, there is plenty that you can eat without the risk of damaging your braces. Here are some of them:

Barbeque meat on the bone, like ribs, is okay, but be very careful.

If things go wrong

If you’d just had braces fitted, the wires should be turned out of the way. However, should a wire move and stick out, try pushing it back into place with the eraser on the end of a pencil or a pair of tweezers. If that doesn’t do the trick, apply some orthodontic wax to create a cushion, which will protect the side of your mouth — silicon earplugs also work.

NEVER cut the wire because you might swallow a piece and breathe it into your lungs.

Be prepared

The Christmas break offers a chance to break free of our daily routines. Don’t, however, forget to care for your teeth and braces. If you’re going away, make sure that you pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, elastics, wax and aligner or retainer case.

Here’s a reminder about brushing and flossing:

Xmas schedule

We’ll be closed from Wednesday the 23rd of December until Monday the 11th of January 2021. If you have an emergency, please call our practice and listen to the instructions on the answering machine.

From the team at Turner Lim Orthodontists, we wish you a very merry Christmas. Stay safe, and we look forward to catching up with you in 2021!

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