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If you’re thinking to yourself, “oh great, I just got braces and now I can’t eat anything on Thanksgiving this year!”, you might be surprised. Some of the best Thanksgiving dishes are perfect for your tender teeth and gums, and we’re here to give you a list of some of our favorites.

Turkey

This big bird is ideal for people who’ve just gotten their braces because of the consistency of the meat. It’s soft and doesn’t need to be chewed much. It’s also high in phosphorous, which promotes healthy teeth too. So pile it high and dig in!

Casseroles

Theses trays of baked deliciousness are easy to chew and don’t require much effort when it comes to swallowing. Whether it comes as green bean or sweet potato, casseroles are a perfect Thanksgiving treat.

Potatoes

Sweet potatoes, yukon gold potatoes, russet potatoes, fingerling potatoes…it doesn’t matter. Potatoes are tasty! And when they’re cooked, they’re very easy on a mouth with fresh braces.

Creamed Corn

Just like potatoes, creamed corn is perfect for braces. It doesn’t need any excessive chewing due to its soft texture, but be careful of corn flecks sticking in your braces.

Cranberries

Cranberries are a hallmark of the Thanksgiving holiday and more importantly, they’re soft on your teeth. Whether they’re in a jello, sauce, relish, or spread, cranberries will keep your mouth and teeth feeling great!

Dressing/Stuffing

There are practically as many varieties of dressing/stuffing as days of the year, and nearly every type is perfect for your braces. Take as much as you want!

Apple Sauce

Apple sauce is perfect because it doesn’t require chewing at all. This delightful concoction is sure to make your teeth, gums, and stomach happy.

Buttered Rolls

Rolls are a staple of Thanksgiving celebrations and are the perfect compliment to the meal. Feel free to sink your teeth in and enjoy!

Pie

No Thanksgiving is complete without a braces-friendly dessert like your favorite pie. Pumpkin pie is a particularly good choice for braces. Take a bite and delight with these homemade holiday sweets.

For more information about braces-friendly foods this Thanksgiving, call us today at (314) 567-1888 or schedule an appointment for your braces follow-up.

Have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!


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A technology like braces has long been dreamt about by humans hoping to achieve a perfect smile. Even Hippocrates and Aristotle wondered how to straighten teeth.

However, it wasn’t until the 1700s that advancements in straightening teeth were taken from ideas to actual devices. The oh-so-stylish French pioneered the first teeth straightening device. It looked like a horseshoe and sounds more like a torture device than anything, but it was believed to increase the arch of the mouth allowing more room for the teeth fill in to.

However, there was nothing to to pull the teeth with. Eventually, there were holes placed in the horseshoe-like device for wires which would be bound to the teeth and and tightened periodically. This tightening concept is very similar to the idea behind today’s braces.

As early as the 1800s, gum rubbers were used as bands to pull the teeth into place, and it wasn’t until the early 1900s that orthodontists implemented a crib construction with loops and hooks to pull the wires through. These hooks and loops were made of precious metals due to their incredible bendable nature.

In the 1960s, the braces of today finally began to take shape. Stainless steel became the industry standard material and in the 1970s, glued brackets on the front of the teeth became the standard. There were even braces that mounted behind the teeth, which served as the invisible braces of the time.

Now, with further advancements in orthodontics, invisible braces have become even more widespread. But instead of using brackets, these braces are clear and look more like a mouth guard. These invisible braces are known as Invisalign, and instead of having the wires tightened periodically, there is a series of thermoplastic aligners used to straighten your teeth.

If you have any questions about braces or Invisalign, we would love to give you more information! Call us today at (314) 567-1888 or schedule an appointment here!



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