Tips for Dining with Braces

Dr. Ron Maddox, a practicing orthodontist at Crossroads Dental Group, a Smile Generation-approved office in Upland, CA shares some tips for enjoying that Thanksgiving meal, when you have braces.

Smile Generation | Orthodontist's Tips


Be sure to cut the meat off of the turkey leg!  It maybe tempting to chomp into that great big delicious leg of dark turkey meat that your Mom or Grandma has painstakingly spent hours preparing for you family feast–but your braces may come loose if you bite too close to the bone.  I know, I know…Thanksgiving only comes around once a year & you just can’t help yourself from being tempted, but please use caution!

Also be careful with the hard candies or cookies that may catch your eye for dessert–biting into one of these delectable morsels may also bend your wires or cause a bracket to come loose.

Go for something soft & delicious like a slice of pumpkin or apple pie with an extra scoop of ice cream or whip cream…yeah that is just what the doctor ordered!

Remember to brush and floss daily.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!



Smile Generation | Dr. Maddox | Orthodontist

Dr. Ron Maddox has been practicing dentistry for over 22 years. He is a practicing orthodontist at Crossroads Dental Group in Upland, CA. He also enjoys surfing, golf, music and photography. You can connect with him on

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