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To make sure you have delicious sweets to eat on your holiday with braces, try making them yourself! Here are some great ideas for braces-friendly desserts for your holiday get-togethers.

Cake: Cake–as long as you avoid nut pieces, caramel, and candied fruit (sorry, fruitcake lovers)–is totally fine with braces. A well-made, simple cake can be a show-stopping centerpiece at your next holiday party. Try a white chocolate sheet cake with butterscotch frosting, or a ginger spice bundt cake with cinnamon cream. Remember to clean your braces and teeth thoroughly after eating starchy food.

Meringues: Meringues are a great option! They are easy to make, gluten free, and excellent for many specialized diets. Try large meringues stacked with whipped cream, or small meringues with frosting between them. Don’t make them on a humid or wet day, though, as they won’t set.

Soft Chocolate: Chocolate puddings, chocolate whipped cream, hot chocolate, soft chocolate truffles–chocolate seems to be everywhere during the holiday season. Luckily, it is completely braces-friendly! It quickly melts away from teeth and does not harm your hardware. So procure yourself some chocolate, and munch away!

Remember, you must brush your teeth and braces very well whenever you eat sweets. Don’t keep them on hand to snack on throughout the day. Eat a treat or two, and then be done for a while. Keep portion sizes small, and enjoy every bite!

For more information, call Great Big Smiles Orthodontics in Scottsdale, Arizona, at 480-948-4200. Dr. Michael Bowen and our team are happy to keep your holidays delicious!