More Braces-Safe Treats for the Holidays

More Braces-Safe Treats for the Holidays
Posted on 12/28/2015

The holidays are upon us, and we know that means many of our patients are getting into the spirit of the season, making plans to see family and loved ones, and preparing to enjoy some delicious holiday foods. But stop right there - what may be delicious to our taste buds can be a minefield of trouble for anyone who has braces. That's because the sticky, gooey, and sugary foods we love to indulge in during the holidays can lodge themselves under wires, damage, brackets, and attack tooth enamel - all things that can quickly derail your treatment plan! To keep your smile and your stomach happy this holiday season, we've gathered a couple of treats you can enjoy over the holidays that won't harm your braces.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a southern classic that we know many Knoxville residents already love, and they make a perfect braces-friendly staple for the holidays. Here's what you'll need:

  • 1.5 lbs russet potatoes
  • 1.5 tsps salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 butter, unsalted and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Black pepper to taste

Making it is easy - throw the potatoes in a large pot and fill with enough water to cover them, then add one teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until the potatoes are soft, which should be about 20 or 25 minutes. While the potatoes cook, throw the cheese, butter, garlic powder, sour cream, and 1/2 tsp of salt into a bowl and mix until smooth. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them and add them to the other bowl, mash until smooth, and serve!

Oreo Snowman Lollipops

Here's a delectable dessert that won't hurt braces - but it's got sugar, so be sure to brush thoroughly after eating! All you'll need are Oreos, suitable sticks for lollipops, white chocolate, and orange and black sprinkles. Simply melt the white chocolate in a bowl, fit your Oreos onto the sticks, and then dip the Oreos into the molten white chocolate to form a complete coat. Set them on wax paper to dry, then add one orange sprinkle for a nose, two black for eyes, and make a smiley mouth out of more black sprinkles. Let dry, and viola - a delectable, decorative after-dinner treat that won't hurt braces!

Contact Your Knoxville, TN Orthodontist

Have more questions about navigating the holidays with braces? We're here for you. Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at one of our Knoxville, TN offices. We can't wait to hear from you, and we'll see you back at this blog for more tips on maintaining a healthy smile!