Holiday Turkey DinnerIf you’re a fan of food like we are (and really, who isn’t?), then Thanksgiving just might be one of your favorite holidays. Not only do you get to spend time with the ones you love, but you can also eat all the foods you might not get to eat as often.

So how do you enjoy the same joys of Thanksgiving while wearing your braces? To help you navigate the serving tables at your Thanksgiving gatherings this year, we at Hidden Valley Orthodontics have a few tips for getting through all three courses.

Starters & Appetizers

Typically, while you’re waiting for guests to arrive or dinner to start, appetizers are brought out to keep you satisfied until the entrees were ready. While many common appetizers may not be good to consume with braces on, there are still quite a few options still open to you. To make it even easier, we’ve created two short lists to follow:

Main Entrees

The best part about the main dishes of Thanksgiving is that many of the foods in this course are edible even with braces. More times than not these foods are soft, not hard or sticky. So what can you let your taste buds savor? Fill your plate with these:


This is where it gets a little tricky. While dessert may be the best part of just about any Thanksgiving dinner, Dr. Christy Fortney wants to remind you of your options. If you love pumpkin pie, eat away. If you prefer pecan, you may have to sit this one out. Most pies that include cream or fruit are fine, but avoid cookies that are crunchy or contain nuts.

As with every meal, we strongly recommend brushing and flossing your teeth after eating. Pack your oral hygiene kit with you to remove any food debris that may be left between your wires and on your teeth. From our family at Hidden Valley Orthodontics to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

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