When you have braces, enjoying things like the holidays can feel a bit more complicated, but it can also be fun in new ways, too. Here are some tips and ideas for how to celebrate the holidays with your braces so you can embrace the festivities of the season instead of worrying about what you may be missing out on.
Change Can Be Good
When thinking about how to celebrate the holidays with your braces, your thoughts may have first jumped to the treats and sweets you may not be able to eat this year. It can be tough to have to skip foods you usually enjoy, but it can be helpful when you’re feeling disappointed to remind yourself about why you have braces. Imagine how amazing your smile will look at the end of your time with braces! Try to picture it and focus on positive thoughts about how it will all be worth it.
The Tough Part
Here’s the tough part about having braces during the holidays. Unfortunately, your braces don’t take a holiday, so it’s important to remember that crunchy, hard, sticky and chewy foods or foods that you may need to bite into are still off-limits.
It’s also important to remember to take good care of your teeth and braces after holiday brunches, dinners and special treats, despite all the distractions that can make it easy to forget. Being diligent not to take a holiday from your dental care routine will help to ensure that your teeth stay their healthiest and brightest for the day when you get your braces off.
The Fun Part
Having braces isn’t always difficult, in fact, it can also be super fun! It all hinges on learning how to celebrate the holidays with your braces. Braces now come in a whole rainbow of colors so you can literally decorate your mouth for every holiday and every season!
For Halloween, orange and black can showcase your spooky, spunky energy. Or coordinate the colors with your costume to stay true-to-character! For Hanukkah, bright blue can highlight your beautiful pearly whites. At Christmas, red and green are always a great option. Or simply go with a winter theme with all different shades of blue to match the frosty weather outside. The possibilities are endless!
You’ll only have your braces for a short time, compared to the many years with your new smile, so make the most of how you can accessorize with them to help you get even more festive celebrating the holidays this year!
Call our Santa Fe Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.