Tips for Braces & Holiday Foods

Christmas and Thanksgiving can be a difficult time of year for patients with braces. It can be extremely tempting for patients to eat holiday foods that are bad for their braces. Sticky foods get stuck in brackets and wires, making your braces difficult to clean. They can even pull wires off your braces causing some damage to the appliance. Hard foods can easily break wires. This MAY result in a sharp wire poking the insides of your mouth. Your orthodontist’s office will most likely be closed during the holidays. If you damage your braces during this time, then you will have a long wait before you can have your braces looked at. Snacks that are high in sugar can also creep into the crevices of your braces. This can cause cavities and other health problems if you don’t brush or floss properly.

There are several festive foods and snacks you should stay away from this holiday season. It might be difficult, but for the good of your braces (and your smile) you need to resist these sticky, sweet, hard foods!

Holiday Foods to Avoid with Braces


  • Candy Canes
  • Peanut Brittle
  • Pecan Pie
  • Gingerbread Cookies
  • Nuts (almonds, peanuts, pecans)
  • Taffy
  • Peanut Brittle
  • Jelly Beans
  • Pretzels
  • Brownies with Nuts
  • Caramel Apples
  • Popcorn
  • Snack-Sized Raw Vegetables


However, the holidays aren’t ruined just because you can’t indulge in the snacks mentioned above. Have no fear! There are many wonderful holiday foods that won’t damage your braces. Stick with soft foods that won’t break wires or make cleaning up impossible.

Holiday Foods You Can Eat with Braces:

  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Ice Cream
  • Pudding
  • Custards
  • Peanut Butter Cups
  • Soft Chocolates
  • Sliced Fruit
  • Turkey & Ham off the bone
  • Stuffing
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

We also want to thank Dr. Nanna, our pediatric colleague from Alpharetta, Georgia who helped advise us on this piece.

Please contact Dr. Gorantla and the friendly staff of Smiles Orthodontics for more holiday safety tips for your braces. The entire Smiles Family wishes you a fun and safe holiday season! Take care of your smile!