How to Brush Your Teeth With Braces

Brushing and flossing your teeth has always been crucial to oral health, as each task works to remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth. While these can be effective practices with the right technique, general oral care becomes a little more difficult with metal braces in the picture. As such, brushing and flossing become all the more important with braces. The brackets and wires create hard-to-reach spaces throughout your mouth, so the right brushing technique can go a long way.

Considering how important oral hygiene is when braces are thrown into the mix, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help ensure you’re brushing right. Take a look at how to brush your teeth with braces below!

Tips and Tricks for Brushing

Although these tips are essential for patients with braces, they’re also quite important for everyone in order to improve your cleaning techniques.  Take a look at the tips below to ensure you’re brushing your teeth properly and keeping your braces clean.  

  • Before brushing, rinse your mouth out with water. This will help loosen any food particles so you can brush them away.
  • Brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle, making small circular patterns with your brush, rather than going back and forth. This ensure you’re getting over and under each bracket and wire, while also getting the gumline.
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue. The tongue hosts a majority of the bacteria residing in your mouth.  If you skip this important area when brushing, those bacteria will make their way to your teeth shortly after.
  • Brush slowly and make sure you get every corner and tooth in your mouth.
  • Use ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste.
  • Brush after every meal. However, since that’s not always an option, keep some soft picks (dental picks) on you for on-the-go cleaning.
  • Be diligent! You should brush your teeth twice a day, and be sure to rinse with water or use a dental pick after meals.

When it comes to brushing your teeth properly, brushing techniques aren’t the only thing to worry about. You should always practice the tips above when brushing, but you should also be sure to care for your toothbrush properly.

ToothBrush Care

Brushing your teeth is always effective, yet it’s important to ensure your brush is clean at all times.  After you’re finished brushing, it can be easy to leave it on the bathroom counter top.  But, this can leave the brush collect bacteria—which will only hinder your efforts. If you follow the steps  below and take care of your brush, you will be able to drastically decrease the amount of bacteria on the brush and in your mouth.

  • Keep your toothbrush out of the open, as airborne bacteria will ultimately makes its way onto your brush. Consider keeping your brush in a drawer or using a plastic cap when stored on the counter.
  • Rinse the brush after every time after using it. This will wash away food particles and left over bacteria.
  • Change out your brush every three months. Not only will the bristles be worn down, but bacteria will begin to accumulate on both the bristles and handle.

Need more help ensuring your oral health is up to par throughout treatment? Check out some more resources for patients with braces below:

We hope these tips will help you to get the most out of your brushing efforts and keep teeth clean while undergoing braces treatment.

If you’d like a straighter smile and want to know your options, give Kraus Orthodontics a call today at 469-619-9959. We provide orthodontic care to patients of all ages, and we’re happy to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

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Metal vs Clear Braces

A few different options exist when it comes to straightening your teeth. Two very prominent options that are available at Kraus Orthodontics are traditional metal braces and clear braces. Although the term clear braces is often mistaken with Invisalign, it is more closely related to metal braces and is often referred to as ceramic braces. Regardless, both metal and ceramic braces have their pros and cons.

If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment and are unsure of which type of braces will be right for you, Dr. Kraus will discuss such your options in your initial consultation. Of course, familiarizing yourself ahead of time with clear and metal braces may help. Take a look below.

What are Metal and Ceramic Braces?

Traditional Metal Braces

Metal braces, now smaller and smoother than ever, are made of high-grade stainless steel.  Traditional braces use small rubber bands to attach the archwires, while newer ones have small doors that close to contain the wires. Metal braces are the most common method used for teeth straightening and correcting misaligned bites.  One interesting thing about them is that some archwires use body heat to move teeth more quickly, causing less pain.

Clear (Ceramic) Braces

Clear braces, made of translucent ceramic, are a great option if you want something that will straighten teeth while blending in with your teeth.  Sometimes, they are available with a tooth colored wire that makes the whole setup for invisible. This makes them a great option for adults.

Differences

Not all orthodontic appliances are made the same.  To help you navigate the differences between clear and metal braces, we’ve listed some of the important attributes of each below:

  • Clear Braces:
    • Smooth surface for excellent comfort and minimal cheek irritation
    • Blend in with the teeth. When people see your teeth, they see a smile and not braces.
    • High-quality clear braces are strong and durable. They are not likely to crack or chip, unless they are mistreated.
  • Metal Braces:
    • Very durable since they are made of metal.
    • Well suited for all ages of patients.
    • Works for virtually any problem.
    • Small in size
    • Polished, rounded surface for comfort

Get Clear or Metal Braces from Kraus Orthodontics

Interested in improving your smile? Ask Dr. Kraus which types of braces are right for you! To get started, call us today to schedule an appointment: 469-619-9959.

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Orthodontic FAQ

Orthodontics can be an intimidating procedure to go through and it often provokes a mountain of questions. Even the word “orthodontics” can seem difficult to define. Simply put, it’s the treatment of irregularities in the teeth and jaws.  This includes the infamous metal braces, but may also utilize retainers, Invisalign, or other appliances.  Oftentimes, questions arise before, during, and after the process of achieving the perfect smile.

Dr. Kraus in Allen, TX strives to provide the utmost care to his patients, including providing them with pertinent information regarding orthodontics and the treatment process. Take a look below to see some commonly asked questions with regards to orthodontics, and give us a call if you’d like more information.

How Do I Know if Braces are Needed?

Sometimes, it can be difficult to assess if braces are needed on your own.  Some of the most obvious reasons our patients seek treatment are as follows:  crooked teeth, gaps, overlapping teeth, overbite, underbite, and the jaw being off-centered (cross bite). Of course, Dr. Kraus can assess your smile and determine what type of treatment is necessary.

Who is Eligible for Braces?

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that your child be evaluated by the age of 7, as early detection of some orthodontic or developmental problems can prevent more difficult procedures later on. Although children are stereotypically the most common orthodontic patients, age is not a factor. In fact, 25% of orthodontic patients are adults.  In other words, everyone can benefit from orthodontics!

Do Braces Hurt?

With the advancements made in orthodontics, there is relatively no pain. After the having the braces placed, your gums and teeth will be a little sore, but this only lasts for a few days after the braces are placed or adjusted. Soreness has also decreased due to the technological advancements with our braces and wires.

Braces Vs. Invisalign

Both Invisalign and braces improve your smile and oral health, but they both have their benefits and problems.

Braces are more effective for complex issues, but they call for a little extra care when compared to Invisalign. Patients must be careful to avoid certain foods which can damage the brackets and wires. Additionally, they create hard-to-reach areas in the mouth which means oral hygiene practices become much more important. Nevertheless, braces are a great option for virtually any patient.

Invisalign, on the other hand,  is a more discreet method of aligning teeth using clear, removable retainers. Patients have no issues with eating as they don’t have any brackets or wires to consider while chewing.  However, you do have to take them out anytime you want to have a snack or eat a meal.  The only thing you can consume with the aligners in your mouth is cold water.  All Invisalign patients then have to brush before putting the aligners back in.  And, you have to be very responsible and remember to put them back in after they’ve been removed, oftentimes accompanying a quick rinse in the sink.  Invisalign is not for everyone, so be sure to ask if it’s right for you during a consultation.

How Much Does it Cost?

The consumer guide for dentistry estimates that traditional braces (being the least expensive option) can range from $3,000 to $7,000 depending on insurance coverage.  According to the manufacturer, Invisalign costs from $3,500 to $7500.  The final cost is determined by the difficulty level with which each individual patient presents.  Ask Dr. Kraus for an estimate on the price during your initial consultation.

Attain a Perfect Smile with Kraus Orthodontics

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment or have any questions, please contact our office at 469-619-9959. We are happy meet with you and answer all of your questions.

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What To Do If You Lose Your Retainer

If you had braces and now have a retainer to help maintain the alignment of your teeth, losing your retainer can cause you a lot of trouble. For people who just got their braces off, retainers are incredibly important to maintain the months (or years) of work it took to achieve straight teeth. Having a good system to keep track of your retainers is very important.  And, taking action quickly if they are lost or broken is essential!

Kraus Orthodontics is focused on giving you a beautiful and confident smile. Our high quality orthodontic services are available for juniors, teens, and adults. No matter your age, you can have the smile that you’ve always wanted. With that said, your orthodontic care doesn’t end with braces. Retainers play an important role in maintaining that smile. Here are some tips on how to keep track of your retainers and what to do if you lose or break them.

Retainers Prevent Shifting Teeth

If you just got your braces off, you are in the most critical time for wearing your retainers regularly. Your retainers are designed to keep your teeth in place while the support structures strengthen and stabilize. Without retainers, your teeth can slowly shift out of position and eventually compromise the entire time spent to straighten your smile.

Tips To Keep Track Of Your Retainer

While losing your retainers can happen in the blink of an eye, we’ve provided some easy ways to lower the risks and give you an easier time to keep track of them. Check out the tips below:

  • Keep Them Stored In Their Case: The case makes your retainers much easier to track. A case will make them more distinguishable and ensure that you can store your retainers in a safe place when you aren’t wearing them.
  • Remember Them After Lunch: Oftentimes, people remove their retainers during lunch and place them on a napkin. This is an easy way to accidentally throw your retainers away. If you keep your case around, you can easily put your retainers in your case and make sure they’re placed in your bag or pocket.
  • Keep Away from Pets: Pets have been known to chew on retainers and ruin them. They can get lost or damaged because of pets. Make sure to keep your retainers out of their reach.
  • Consider a Spare Set: While a spare set is not always necessary, there is the chance that you’ll need one. A spare set will make sure that you still have a retainer while you search for your lost one.

What To Do If Your Retainer Is Lost

If you have lost your retainer, the best option is to schedule an appointment to get a replacement as soon as possible. You don’t have to panic – your teeth may shift, but the process is slow. The shifting that occurs in a short time shouldn’t be significant enough to require braces again. As long as you arrange for a replacement retainer quickly, your teeth shouldn’t experience too much shifting.

Achieve A Beautiful Smile With Kraus Orthodontics

If you are looking for the smile of your dreams, Kraus Orthodontics is here to help you achieve your goals. We focus on giving our patients high quality services and education to maintain a beautiful smile. If you’d like to schedule a visit, you can contact us here or give us a call at 469.619.9959!

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How to Take Care of Your Braces While Traveling

When vacations come around, remember the importance of maintaining proper care of your braces. Travel can make it difficult to keep up with oral hygiene, but not impossible. You can still practice good dental hygiene while traveling to properly take care of your braces.  Because braces require special care, be sure to carry the essentials when traveling.

At Kraus Orthodontics, we offer a range of orthodontic services to patients of all ages.  Yet, we also seek to share our knowledge and expertise with our patients so they can practice correct dental hygiene for their braces and orthodontic appliances. Having said that, we’ve provided some great tips to care for your braces while traveling below. Seeing as how Spring Break is just around the corner, we thought they’d be quite helpful! 

How to Take Care of Your Braces: The Orthodontic Travel Kit

It is important to equip yourself with the right tools to clean your braces and make sure your teeth are free of debris. We all commonly snack while on the road or in a plane, so naturally you’ll have a lot to to clean on your teeth. While avoiding snacking may be best, you can still be prepared in the cases when you do eat. Here are some tools that are perfect for your dental kit:

  • A Travel-Sized Toothbrush: No matter where you go, you still have to brush your teeth. Have a toothbrush handy so you can always brush off the debris.
  • Dental Floss/Floss Threaders: This will help you clean between your teeth and between the wires of your braces. Floss threaders can be harder to find, so be sure to pack enough for the trip.
  • Orthodontic Wax: This aids any discomfort you may feel from your braces. This is especially helpful for those who are new to braces.
  • A Compact Mirror: Mirrors can be hard to come by while traveling. A compact mirror will allow you to see your teeth and make sure they are clean.

Travel takes you off your regular schedule and restrooms are not always readily available to practice oral hygiene. Be wary of your schedule and be sure to clean your teeth whenever the opportunity arises. Spending this time may never be convenient, but your teeth are worth the extra care.

Foods To Avoid While Traveling

Although you may be on vacation, your braces never are! Nobody wants to risk losing a bracket while they are too far away for a repair appointment. There are still snacks you should avoid because of the extra hassle they take to clean from your teeth and the potential damage that can happen while eating. Here are some snacks to avoid consuming or chewing on while on the road:

  • Nuts of any kind
  • Chewy, sticky, or gummy candies
  • Ice from your drink
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Hard cookies
  • Pretzels
  • Bagels

Be sure to eat foods that are easy to clean and remove from your braces. This will make your oral care much easier and give you smoother travels. Plan carefully to know when you will be at a location that will ease your dental care. If you arrive at a location, such as a hotel, you will be able to utilize the facilities and take proper care of your braces.

Visit Kraus Orthodontics for Orthodontic Care!

Orthodontic care is important to giving you a bright and beautiful smile. If you have been looking for excellent orthodontic care, look no further than Kraus Orthodontics. We provide care to people of all ages and education to maintain your braces and teeth. Give us a call at 469.619.9959 or contact us here to schedule an appointment!

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3 Braces Friendly Recipes to Sink Your Teeth Into

Braces can make it hard to eat many foods. Luckily, there are plenty of recipes that can make foods easier to eat that typically give you trouble when wearing braces. These braces friendly recipes were designed to improve your eating experience and give you alternatives to foods that can be hard, chewy, sticky, and crunchy.

Kraus Orthodontics has the knowledge and expertise to provide all our patients with the right orthodontic care. We have services for juniors, teens, and adults and can find the right solution for you. Here are some braces friendly recipes to make your time with braces more enjoyable.

Soft Pretzels

Pretzels can often be too chewy to eat comfortably with braces. With this recipe, you’ll have an easier time getting that delicious pretzel through your teeth.

Ingredients

¾ cup warm water

½ envelope yeast

1 teaspoon sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 egg, beaten

Pinches of salt or cinnamon-sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a small bowl, stir together warm water, yeast, and sugar.
  • In a large bowl, mix salt and flour with a large spoon. Stir 5 minutes then mix with yeast.
  • Flour your hands and shape pretzels.
  • Brush them with the beaten egg and place on a cookie sheet.
  • Sprinkle them with salt or cinnamon sugar if you desire.
  • Bake for 12 minutes at 425 degrees.

Oven Baked Fish Filets

Fish is a great alternative to tougher meats. It tends to be soft and easy on your mouth.

Ingredients

1 pound fresh or frozen fish fillets

Non-stick vegetable spray

1 tablespoon lemon juice salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

½ cup milk

¼ cup bread crumbs

Directions

  • If using frozen fish fillets, thaw thoroughly.
  • Cut the fillets into the serving-size of your choice.
  • Coat a shallow baking dish with the non-stick vegetable spray.
  • Place the fillets in the greased baking dish and sprinkle with lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low-medium heat.
  • Add the flour to the butter and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Stir in the milk into the mixture until it thickens and bubbles.
  • Pour the butter mixture over the fish fillets then top with the bread crumbs.
  • Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the fish starts to flake easily.

3 Cheese Macaroni

Cheese can be sticky and get caught in your braces. This recipe can minimize that issue and satisfy your mac and cheese cravings.

Ingredients

2 cups uncooked macaroni noodles

Water for boiling

½ cup grated parmesan cheese

½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

½ cup shredded mild or sharp cheddar cheese

1 ½ cups milk

½ cup bread crumbs or dry stove-top stuffing

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a medium pot boil macaroni in water until ready then drain.
  • In a 3-quart greased casserole, stir together the macaroni and milk.
  • Sprinkle with the cheeses then stir all together.
  • Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top.
  • Cover and bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.

Enjoy Your Meal and Come into Kraus Orthodontics!

These braces friendly recipes are delicious and easy to make. No matter what you make, however, always be sure to clean your braces after eating. For all your orthodontic care be sure to contact Kraus Orthodontics here or call us at 469.619.9959.

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Why It’s Never too Late for Orthodontic Treatment

More adults are pursuing orthodontic treatment than ever before. Many are realizing not just the cosmetic benefits of orthodontic treatment, but also the many oral health benefits it provides. For example, properly aligned teeth will reduce your risk for gum disease, tooth decay, and even certain systemic health problems. So for those who might have avoided adult orthodontics due to the stigma that it’s too late, it’s time to think again!

At Kraus Orthodontics in Allen, Texas, we are proud to provide adult orthodontics to those seeking a healthier and more beautiful smile a little later in life. Dr. Kraus provides numerous treatment options for adults seeking orthodontic care. Before calling us to schedule a consultation, learn more about why it’s never too late to pursue orthodontic treatment.

Why It’s Never too Late for Orthodontics

Despite what you may have heard, more adults are choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment than ever before. With the advent of cosmetic alternatives to braces, like Invisalign, many adults can feel more comfortable opting for orthodontics than in the past. More and more adult patients are deciding that the end result of a healthier, more beautiful smile is well worth the time in treatment.

With the addition of clear or ceramic brackets, the esthetics of adult braces have significantly improved.  And by opting for Invisalign, treatment is more discreet and hygienic than ever.

Beyond a boost in confidence from your new-found smile, adult orthodontics will also improve your oral health in a variety of ways. Proper dental alignment will reduce your risk for cavities, enamel decay, and periodontal disease. Well-aligned teeth can also help improve your bite function, minimizing your risk for TMJ or related jaw issues.

As you can see, the benefits to adult orthodontics far outweigh the downsides. If you’re an adult who stands to benefit from orthodontic treatment, we recommended you visit your orthodontist and explore your options.

Orthodontics with Dr. Kraus

If you’re seeking orthodontics in Allen, TX, contact Kraus Orthodontics today! You can call us at 469-619-9959 to schedule a consultation. Or, you can contact us here.

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Signs and Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Many in their lifetime will undergo removal of their wisdom teeth. These teeth tend to emerge in early adulthood, several years after the other adult teeth.  As such, they can create a lot of problems as they emerge. Impacted wisdom teeth are a fairly common complication, and when not treated promptly, they can cause serious discomfort to your daily life. As such, we wanted to take some time to highlight the signs and symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth.

At Kraus Orthodontics, we’re proud to provide a variety of orthodontic services to those around Allen, Texas. With the knowledge of Dr. Kraus and his experienced team, we’re also proud to be able to provide all the education necessary to keep your teeth, mouth, and gums healthy. If you’re interested in orthodontics with Kraus Orthodontics, don’t hesitate to contact us today! Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about the signs and symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth Explained

Wisdom teeth become impacted when they don’t have enough room to emerge into the mouth normally. Over the centuries, with a more refined diet and fewer raw meats and grains, human jaws have decreased in size.  Many people have wisdom teeth that erupt and develop without any complications. But for many others, the mouth is already too crowded for the wisdom teeth to come in properly, and thus they can become impacted.

Impacted wisdom teeth might emerge partially, which is called partial impaction; in many cases, they never break through the gumline. These teeth might grow at an angle toward the second molars in front of them, grow at an angle toward the back of the mouth, or grow parallel to the jawbone. All of these abnormal growth patterns can bring discomfort to the surrounding teeth, gums, and jaw. When wisdom tooth impaction occurs, it’s important to see a professional to determine a treatment plan.

Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

  • Red, Swollen Gums: One of the surest signs of emerging or impacted wisdom teeth are red and swollen gums. This is typically caused when the wisdom teeth are putting pressure on the gums before the emerge.
  • Tender or Bleeding Gums: In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth can partially emerge from the gums, which creates a pocket for bacteria and possibly infection.
  • Jaw Pain: Impacted wisdom teeth can affect the jawbone in a number of ways. Sometimes they’ll grow perpendicular and apply pressure to the rest of the teeth, which can create jaw pain.
  • Difficulty Opening or Closing Your Mouth: Similarly, impacted wisdom teeth can inhibit your ability to open and close your mouth. In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth can cause TMJ problems.

Seeking Orthodontics in Allen, TX?

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Common Bite Issues

A variety of common bite issues exist that may affect both your oral health and the cosmetics of your smile. You’ve probably heard of overbites and underbites, but there are many more bite issues that can occur in children and adults. Fortunately, most bite issues are totally treatable with orthodontic treatment. In any case, we wanted to discuss some of the common bite issues out there and some of their associated oral health risks.

At Kraus Orthodontics, we’re proud to provide a variety of orthodontic services to those around Allen, Texas. With the knowledge of Dr. Kraus and his experienced team, we’re also proud to be able to provide all the education necessary to make your orthodontic treatment rewarding. If you’re interested in pursuing orthodontics with us, call our Allen, Texas office today! Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about some of the common bite issues.

Common Bite Issues

  • Overbite:  An overbite is the result of your upper teeth extending out over your lower teeth. In addition to the poor esthetics that result from an overbite, this condition can cause speech issues and make it difficult to adequately chew food.  
  • Underbite:  In an underbite, the lower jaw extends out far enough that the bottom teeth rest in front of the top teeth. Underbites can cause similar complications to those of overbites. But, cosmetically, underbites can be more obvious to the outside eye and thus create self-esteem issues.
  • Crossbite:  In a crossbite, the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth. This can cause premature wear of the teeth and misaligned jaw growth. With a crossbite, many have to move their jaw to the side when closing their mouth, which can cause an array of muscle problems in the mouth and other jaw problems.

  • Open bite:  An open bite results when the lower and upper front teeth don’t overlap, leaving an open space at the front of the mouth. This condition makes biting into food and chewing very difficult. Open bites are sometimes caused by things like tongue thrusting or thumb sucking.

  • Crowding:  Crowding occurs when the teeth don’t have room to emerge properly from the gums, which causes to twist and overlap with each other.  Crowding is linked to periodontal disease as it makes dental hygiene especially difficult.

  • Spacing:  Spacing can result from missing or undersized teeth. With too much room along the jaw for the teeth, spacing is a bite issue in which there is excessive space between the teeth.  Depending on the size of the spacing, food can get caught in these gaps and cause further hygiene issues.
  • Deep Bite:  A deep bite is an extreme type of overbite where the bottom teeth might touch the roof of your mouth. Associated issues tend to include gummy smiles and excessive wear on certain teeth.

Contact Kraus Orthodontics Today

If you’re seeking bite correction or general orthodontics around Allen, TX, don’t hesitate to contact Kraus Orthodontics today! You can call us at 469-619-9959. Or, feel free to contact us here!

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Preventing Orthodontic Problems: Holiday Care for Braces

The holiday season is often a time for visiting with family, getting ahead on shopping, and ultimately indulging in a variety of sweet treats. Among Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, there’s quite the amount of sweet treats to enjoy. While these treats are tasty, they can present a variety of issues to your braces and other orthodontic appliances, not to mention your teeth. With this, holiday care for braces is essential!

Here at Kraus Orthodontics in Allen, TX, we strive to keep our patients informed on all things orthodontics so they can stay on track with treatment and prevent any issues from arising. Plus, we want your teeth to be perfect when it’s time for the braces to come off. With the holidays quickly approaching, we’d like to help you get prepared! The treats that often accompany this time of year can be detrimental to your appliances, so allow us to help you determine what’s safe to eat and what isn’t. Of course, there will still be plenty of tasty foods for you to enjoy! First, let’s start off with some tips on holiday care for braces.   

Holiday Care for Braces: A Few Tips

Before we get into which holiday foods to eat and which to avoid, we thought we’d share some key tips on preventing orthodontic problems throughout the holidays. Of course, holidays aren’t all about great food—there’s plenty of activities to enjoy too. You should still stay up on your oral care, but you should also beware of orthodontic emergencies when taking part in activities. Take a look at the holiday care tips below:

  • Ensure you brush and floss around your braces regularly, as sugar consumption usually increases this time of year.
  • Whether ice skating, sledding, or having an old-fashioned snowball fight, be sure to protect your braces. A mouth guard may be a good idea for some of these activities.
  • If you’re going out of town for the holidays, be sure to pack some extra wax from Dr. Kraus just in case any issues arise. If you’ve had your braces removed, remember to pack your retainer!

In practicing holiday care for your braces, we can’t stress how important regular oral care is. A range of holiday treats are typically sugary, sticky, and hard to remove, so you should be extra thorough in your oral care.

Holiday Foods to Avoid with Braces

Like we said, it can be difficult refraining from the many delicious treats you’ll surely be surrounded by throughout the holidays, but they can present quite the problems, as with any time of year. Whether too crunchy or too chewy, a variety of holiday foods can be troublesome. Without further ado, let’s take a look at which foods to avoid with braces:

  • Peanut brittle
  • Pecan Pie
  • Candy Canes
  • Popcorn
  • Caramel Apples
  • Pretzels
  • Nuts

Now, we don’t want you going through the holidays without at least enjoying a few sweet treats. Luckily, you can still enjoy plenty of other goodies that won’t damage your braces and appliances. Here’s a list of foods you can enjoy:

  • Turkey and Ham (don’t eat around the bone)
  • Stuffing
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Rolls
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Custard & Ice cream
  • Soft Chocolates

Prevent Issues and Enjoy the Holidays!

While there’s a variety of foods and desserts you need to avoid this holiday season, there’s still plenty you can enjoy. Though you may feel like you’re missing out, you’ll be glad when you make it through the year problem free! Then, soon enough, you’ll have your braces off and a mouthful of perfectly straightened teeth.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with your Allen orthodontist, Dr. Kraus, be sure to contact us today. You can also give us a call at 469-619-9959.

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Dr. Collin Kraus

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