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Thanksgiving is a great time to gather together as friends and family and eat delicious foods and treats. However, it may be tough to eat your favorite Thanksgiving treats if you have braces. But we are here to help you identify and eat the best Thanksgiving foods for your teeth and orthodontic appliance.

Main meal
Your main Thanksgiving meats, like turkey and ham, are generally acceptable. However, it’s best to cut the meats into small, bitable pieces before you eat them. Doing so will reduce your chances of damaging your braces and breaking your brackets and wires. You can also eat foods like casserole, salad, and sauces as long as they do not contain nuts or other crunchy ingredients.

Sides
Soft foods are generally the best sides to eat for Thanksgiving dinner. Some of the best sides include mashed potatoes, steamed veggies, green beans, cornbread, sweet potatoes, and muffins. All of these foods are easy on your teeth and they are not very likely to damage your appliance. Now some foods to watch out for include corn on the cob, raw carrots, and apples. However, you can consume these foods as long as you cut the corn off the cob and you chop the carrots and apples into small pieces.

Dessert
Sugary treats are not the best for your orthodontic appliance. However, feel free to bite into your pies, cakes, and cookies this holiday. Always remember to brush your teeth about 30 minutes after you do so. The best desserts to eat include pumpkin pie, chocolate mousse pie, and sweet potato pie. We do not recommend eating pecan pie. This pie has chunky, nutty ingredients that are harmful to your brackets and wires.

Please do not eat caramel, caramel apples, cashews, almonds, nuts, chips, popcorn, and crunchy crust.

As you eat your festive dinner, please be careful and do your best to keep your braces in tip-top shape. It is easy to break the appliance as you bit into food. However, if you do end up damaging your appliance, please call our office and schedule an appointment to get it fixed. We hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!