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Sometimes, you just need a sweet treat. And with the holidays upon us, there are a plethora of them available! Unfortunately, there is a long list of forbidden foods associated with braces. Nuts, candy canes, and caramel seem to permeate the treat scene, and none can be eaten with braces. But there are still lots of delicious foods to eat–especially if you make your own! Here are some options for your holiday season.

Smooth Fudge: Fudge is a quintessential treat for the holiday season. Chocolate fudge without nuts or caramel is very good. If you choose to make peppermint fudge, use peppermint extract instead of candy canes. If you are someone who loves nuts in your fudge, try making a smooth peanut butter fudge instead. Or, use almond, hazelnut, or walnut extract in a white or dark chocolate fudge. This prevents nut pieces from getting stuck in your braces and injuring your teeth, gums, or hardware.

Soft cookies: While tough cookies are out of the question this year, soft cookies are still excellent options for your sweet tooth. Remember to avoid nut pieces and candy cane pieces. Try soft gingerbread, brownies, blondies, or soft sugar cookies.

Pie: With the strong exceptions of pecan, caramel apple, and other such flavors, pie is a great option for teeth! Cream, fruit, custard, and meringue pies are all good ideas for a braces-friendly dessert that everyone will love.

For more information, call Richmond Orthodontics in Richmond, Virginia, at 804-740-7281. Dr. Bryan Brassington and our team want to help your smile shine bright this season!