While doing your holiday shopping, it is hard not to pass by shelves filled to the brim with holiday treats. Though you may be looking for your usual stocking stuffers or candy dish favs, if your child is currently wearing braces, you will want to forgo their favorite sticky or hard treats. The American Association of Orthodontists highly suggests that things such as popcorn, hard pretzels, caramel, licorice, bubblegum, lollipops, taffy, and jelly beans should be avoided while wearing braces. Biting into these types of snacks can damage or bend the metal brackets. It’s best to serve braces-friendly treats such as these below. Making these with your children will also give you a special time together in the kitchen!
Here is what you will need to make these jolly treats:
- Cut off the bottom of the large end of a strawberry (this allows it to stand up)
- Cut off the top quarter of the strawberry and set aside for now.
- Add whipped cream onto the top flat surface of the strawberry
- Add 2 chocolate sprinkles for Santa’s eyes.
- Replace the top piece of strawberry on top of the whipped cream (this is Santa’s hat!)
- Add a little whipped cream on the top of the “hat” for a finishing touch.
This fun treat will have everyone wanting to build a snowman.
- Melt white chocolate candy chips on the stove or in your microwave
- Press 3 marshmallows onto a wooden skewer (for the snowman’s body)
- Thoroughly dip all 3 marshmallows into the melted white chocolate
- Quickly press mini chocolate chips into the top marshmallow for the eyes.
- Add a tiny piece of carrot for his nose ( keep it small- too big of a crunch may damage your bracket)
Making these and other braces-friendly treats for your kids this holiday season will let them still enjoy the sweetness of the holiday season and protect your investment into their bright and beautiful smile. We thank you for choosing us to for your child’s orthodontic treatment and we wish you all a very happy holiday season!