Happy Thanksgiving! If this is your first Thanksgiving with braces, you may be worried about what you can and cannot eat. Luckily, a great deal of classic Thanksgiving dishes are quite soft, perfect for those with braces and other orthodontic treatments! Here’s a quick guide:
Turkey/Ham – Warm baked turkey or ham is soft on teeth! Make sure there aren’t any bones.
Rolls – Chewy rolls are perfect for those with braces – and soft if your teeth are sore.
Mashed Potatoes – Soft mashed potatoes are a delicious comfort food that you can dig into with braces.
Green beans – soft green beans (or green bean casserole) are good to go!
Pie – Skip the pecan, but pumpkin pie or other fruit pies with soft fillings that aren’t crunchy will satisfy your sweet tooth. Remember to brush your teeth after!
As you can see, most of the Thanksgiving meal is totally fine to eat with braces! There are a few foods you should avoid, howeverL
Popcorn – biting into a hard kernel can damage your braces.
Chips – Crunchy chips could also damage your braces
Nuts – almonds, cashews, pecans, and the like should be avoided for the same reasons as popcorn
Caramel – this will stick to your braces
Basically any hard, crunchy or sticky foods