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At Team Dental at River Oaks and Burke in Burke, Virginia, Dr. Michael King and our team are pleased to share with you how you can enjoy the holiday festivities while wearing braces. With just a few minor adjustments, you can still have fun while protecting your teeth and the braces aligning them. Following are four tips to help you enjoy the holidays while caring for your braces:

#1- To protect braces, with their brackets, orthodontic bands, and arch wires, please avoid candy or snacks which are hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy such as caramel or bubblegum. Never chew ice, and watch out for popcorn, nuts, candies with nuts inside, and peanut candies in the hard-shell.

#2- If you are indulging in extra sugary treats due to the holiday, beat cavities by stepping up your brushing and flossing game. Brush carefully around all of your brackets and wires, focusing on places where your teeth meet your gums and where your braces attach to your teeth.

#3- To protect your braces, stick with soft chocolates, peppermint patties, peanut butter cups and other treats that melt in your mouth and can easily be washed away.

#4- For our patients wearing braces who also engage in sports, wearing mouth guards will protect your lips and your cheeks from cuts or damaged braces should you accidentally get hit in the face or fall down.

At Team Dental at River Oaks and Burke in Burke, Virginia, you can enjoy the holidays while aligning your smile with braces. If you need to schedule your next visit or have any questions for spooktacular staff, please give us a call today at 703-801-6166!