Braces-Friendly Recipes for the Holidays

Christmas Shortbread CookiesThe holidays are here, and we know many of our patients are hunkering down for some well-deserved time off to reconnect with family and friends – and, of course, to enjoy some delicious holiday treats! But while the foods we love to indulge in over the holidays are delightful to the taste buds, they can be downright dangerous for braces. For this blog, we’ll highlight some of our favorite holiday recipes that will leave both your taste buds and your braces happy!

3-Ingredient Buttery Shortbread Cookies

We give our thanks to Chew Out Loud for this one, and it’s an easy, delicious dessert that’s perfect for the holiday season. To start, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups salted butter, cut into pieces and chilled
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 1/2 cups flour, divided
  • Sprinkles

First, preheat your oven to 325º F and line some baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine the butter and brown sugar in a bowl and mix it until fluffy, then add in an additional 3 1/2 cups of your flour and mix until well combined. On a cutting board, sprinkle 1/2 cup flour and transfer your dough to the board, kneading it for about 5 minutes or until its about the same consistency as play-dough. Form the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap, and chill it for about 30 minutes, then spread it out to 1/2 inch thickness and cut our shapes for your cookies. Arrange your cookies 2 inches apart on your baking sheet, bake for 15-20 minutes, let cool, and viola – an addictive treat that won’t hurt your braces!

Healthy Pumpkin Ice CreamHealthy Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Here’s a perfect companion to the cookies above that’s delicious, vegan, and completely safe for braces. Here’s all you need to start:

  • 3 very ripe bananas, frozen
  • 2-3 cups of Vanilla flavored almond milk
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon

Making it couldn’t be easier – just combine the bananas, almond milk, vanilla pumpkin spice and pumpkin puree into a blender or food processor and mix until creamy and smooth. Scoop it into bowls, sprinkle on a bit of cinnamon, and serve with cookies for the perfect after-dinner treat! Feel free to freeze the mixture and scoop it later as well if you’re not ready to eat it right away!

Contact Your Toronto & North York Orthodontist

Have more questions about navigating the holidays with braces or want to come in and see us? We’re here to help! Feel free to call us at (416) 222-3223 or reach out to us at our contact page with any questions or to schedule an appointment at our Toronto, ON office. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we hope to see you back at this blog for more info and office updates!

Traveling with Invisalign 101


Invisalign copyInvisalign comes with a whole host of convenient features – they’re nearly invisible and completely removable, making it much easier to eat, drink, brush, and floss. But this convenience comes with a few minor drawbacks, particularly when traveling. Whereas traditional braces are always on so you don’t need to worry about them, Invisalign aligners can easily be forgotten or lost – so you need to be much more careful when traveling. For this blog, we’ll tell you all you need to know about traveling with Invisalign.

Conscientious Care

First of all, when traveling, it’s critically important to take great care of your teeth. Brushing and flossing become doubly important on the road, as if you develop any dental problems like decay or cavities, it’s much more difficult to get them looked at. Accordingly, be sure to brush your teeth religiously in the morning, before bed, and after every meal – this will prevent any problems from developing and keep your teeth safe and healthy.

It’s also important to take good care of your aligners. Be sure to brush them every time you take them out and put them back in, as without regular cleaning they can accumulate food particles and bacteria that attack tooth enamel. In addition to brushing, we recommend soaking them in a glass of water with a denture tablet about once a day – and if you’re in an area where you wouldn’t drink the water, don’t use it to clean your aligners!

Another thing to consider is when to change out aligners. If you’ll be gone for more than two weeks, you’ll need to take at least three sets along: your current set, your previous set, and your next set. If, when the time comes to change, you can easily put in and take out your aligners, you’re probably safe to move to your next pair. But if things still feel tight, don’t be afraid to stay with your current aligners or go back to your previous set.

When traveling with Invisalign, always be sure to carry your aligners with you – either on your teeth or in your carry on bag. Flights can get delayed, bags can get lost, and you certainly wouldn’t want these inconveniences to impact your orthodontic treatment. One more thing to keep in mind – if you’ve finished your Invisalign treatment, you can actually use your last pair of aligners as a retainer!

Contact Your Toronto Orthodontists

Have more questions about preparing for your big trip or your orthodontic treatment in general? We’re always happy to help. Feel free to call us at (416) 222-3223 reach out to us at our contact page with any questions or to schedule an appointment at our Toronto, ON office. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we’ll see you back at this blog for more tips and info on taking care of your teeth!