How to Enjoy Valentine's Day with Braces
by Dr. Amer Hussain, on Feb 20, 2020 10:11:41 AM
It’s one of the most romantic times of the year, that one special day when you can get all up in your feels with that one special someone. But there are a couple things you should keep in mind when indulging in all your lovey-dovey activities.
1. Valentine’s day is NOT an excuse to slack on your cleaning routine
Your cleaning routine doesn’t take a day off, it’s important to make sure you keep up on your braces hygiene. Whether you’re indulging in a decadent dinner or snacking while watching a movie, make sure you show your braces some love too.
2. Avoid foods that can spoil the mood
No, we’re not talking garlic but nothing can ruin a mood more than eating something you know you’re not supposed to and breaking a bracket. As tempting as it might be to break the rules, you definitely don’t want to bust a bracket.
Avoid foods like:
- Hard, crunchy food (Like nuts, pretzels, popcorn)
- Soft, sticky food (Like caramels, taffies, candy)
You get the gist..
Nothing is better than receiving a box of chocolates but beware they can be a box of deception! The fillings inside the chocolate can damage and get stuck in your braces. It’d be best to check out the bottom of the box or the little paper inside to see what each filling is instead of just diving right in.
But having braces on Valentine’s day doesn’t mean you have to be watching every little thing, check out our tips for having a safe valentine’s day.
1. Cut or break your food into smaller pieces
Being conscious of how big your food is, by cutting it into smaller pieces there is less of a likelihood of breaking a bracket.2. Try swapping out the candy and chocolate for alternatives
Try swapping out your sugar fix for other alternatives to chocolate and candy, some other alternatives like cakes, cookies, or other warm soft desserts. These can be easier on your braces when compared to the traditional hard candies and chocolates.
With all that in mind, enjoy your Valentine’s day!