The holidays are here! While this mostly means family time, shopping for presents, preparing delicious food and decorating the house, for patients with braces, this can be a time when anxiety starts to rear its ugly head. Along with all the fun activities that coincide with the holiday season, patients with braces may feel a bit overwhelmed with seeing relatives, keeping up with their orthodontic responsibilities and keeping a positive attitude. Well, fear not! Surviving the holidays with braces is easy with these top tips.
Preparing for the Holidays
The first step in holiday survival with braces is mentally preparing for the season ahead. This means keeping in mind the holidays are a busy time filled with family and loved ones, many of whom may be seeing you with braces for the first time. Be prepared for comments from relatives about your new braces and have a response ready. Let your relatives know that you’re one step closer to a beautiful smile and that you can’t wait to show them how all your hard work will pay off.
It’s also a good idea to keep in mind that many memories will likely be captured during this time of the year, so prepare for photos. Don’t shy away and avoid them simply because you have braces. This is just one time in your life and it’s not meant for you to hide in the shadows. Be proud of yourself! Know that the end game is a spectacular, healthy smile. Have confidence in your treatment and in yourself.
Having Fun with Your Braces
Part of being confident is expressing yourself! Have fun with your braces during the holiday season, maybe opting for red and green elastics to get in the spirit of the holidays, then change them to two or more different colors to ring in the New Year.
Being Careful During the Holidays
There’s no doubt about it…there’s plenty of delicious food during the holidays, but it’s important to keep in mind that the rules still apply when it comes to which foods to avoid with your braces. Remember, certain foods can damage your braces, including:
- Hard candies
- Crunchy snacks
- Tough meats
It’s best to steer clear of these problem foods during the holidays so you don’t have to take time out of your busy holiday schedule to see your orthodontist to fix any issues.
It’s also important to be careful and prepared when traveling. Pack a travel kit, so that you can keep on top of your braces care, even away from home. Helpful tools to pack include:
- Travel toothbrush
- Orthodontic wax
Being prepared near and far from home is essential in ensuring you’re doing your best to take care of yourself and your braces during this busy time.
The Holidays and Your Braces
The holidays are a magical time, filled with memories that can last a lifetime, so be sure to keep these tips in mind when it comes to surviving the holidays with your braces.
The professionals at Charleston Orthodontic Specialists are excited to help you find the perfect orthodontic solution to fit your busy lifestyle. Call (843) 4-BRACES to get in touch today!