What foods to avoid during Thanksgiving

by Dr. Amer Hussain, on Oct 11, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Whether this your first go at Thanksgiving with braces or maybe your second lap around the track. If you’re worried about missing out on your favourite foods or seasonal treats, don’t be! Luckily, when it comes to Thanksgiving, most of the traditional food is safe to eat with braces but there are a couple sticky culprits to avoid. 


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The general rule when it comes to braces and not busting your brackets is to avoid foods that are stick and hard.

Some Thanksgiving food to avoid with your braces are: 

  • Popcorn 
    • Come on, you knew this one was coming. Popcorn and braces don’t go together. The hard kernels can damage your braces, brackets and wires. 
  • Chips
    • Even though that bowl of pre-dinner munchies might be very tempting, it’s best to stay away. Anything that is super crunchy can damage your braces
  • Nuts and dried fruit
    • Again, goes without saying, nuts can be hard and damage your braces while dried fruit can stick to your wires and bracket making a big old mess. 
  • Caramel 
    • Whether your pronounce it car-a-mel or car-e-mel, it is off limits. This sticky culprit is notorious for causing problems with braces so it’s best to steer clear
  • Corn on the Cob
    • We sincerely hope no one with braces would attempt to eat corn on the cob, we get it’s delicious but it’s also just as good if you cut the corn off the cob and eat it that way. 

Now, we could make a whole list of all the safe Thanksgiving food to eat but we’re just going to mention the basics.

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Safe Thanksgiving foods for braces: 

  • Turkey and Ham
    • Whatever your main entree is, you’re approved for first and seconds (maybe even thirds)! Just ensure you don’t eat it off the bone and that your food is cut into small pieces before digging in.
  • Stuffing
    • Go ahead and stuff your face, stuffing is great for braces since it’s nice and soft (and oh so yummy!)
  • Mashed Potatoes
    • And don’t you forget the gravy either! Mashed potatoes are fantastic since they require minimal chewing so they’ll be great if you’re experiencing any soreness in the mouth area.
    • Casseroles
      • Feel free to load up on the casseroles as long as they don’t have anything too crunchy inside of them. 

Whatever you do decide to chow down on this thanksgiving, it’s important to make sure you are cautious of what you eat to avoid having a broken bracket or damaging your braces. 

It’s also important to brush and floss your teeth after eating, this’ll help keep your Thanksgiving happy and healthy! 

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