A Holiday Treat For You AND Your Braces

Holiday Treats For Orthodontic Patients!

While we don’t advise eating a whole roll of Tollhouse cookie dough as fast as you can, we DO agree with Buddy the Elf that the holidays are the best time of the year (not to mention smiling is our favorite too)! However, when your child has braces it may seem like letting them eat their favorite holiday treats will put you on the naughty list. We’re here to tell you that isn’t necessarily true!

Let us make one thing clear, we’re not saying trade in braces for holiday sweets. Braces and orthodontic treatments are used to correct teeth that are crowded or crooked. Sometimes the teeth may be straight, but the upper and lower jaw doesn’t properly align. Braces help correct this problem, which not only creates a beautiful smile, but results in an overall healthier mouth. When an abnormal bite is left untreated it may lead to further oral health problems such as tooth decay, tooth loss, gum disease, affected speech, wear to tooth enamel, and/ or jaw problems. None of that sounds good, right? However, missing out on sweet treats doesn’t sound good either! So, we’ve provided the recipe for a delicious holiday treat that you can make for your child this season without risking their orthodontic health!

Red Velvet Brownies with Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting Festive, fluffy, AND braces friendly? What could be better than that!

Ingredients:

  • – 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • – ½ tsp baking powder
  • – ¼ tsp salt
  • – 2 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • – ½ cup unsalted butter, diced into 6 pieces
  • – 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • – 1 ½ Tbsp liquid red food coloring
  • – 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • – 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • – 2 large eggs

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8×8 inch- baking dish. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.
  • Add chopped chocolate and butter mixture into a large microwave safe bowl. Heat mixture in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth (can also melt over stove). Add sugar to melted chocolate mixture, and using a rubber spatula, stir to combine. Mix in red food coloring, vanilla and apple cider vinegar. Stir in eggs. Add flour mixture and mix just until combined. Pour into prepared baking dish, spread into even layer and bake in preheated oven 35-40 minutes until toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs. Place on wire rack to cool completely then frost with cream cheese frosting once cool and cut into squares.

Directions for Frosting:
In an electric mixer, whip together butter and cream cheese on medium- high speed until pale and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes. Add vanilla and powdered sugar and continue to whip until pale and fluffy

Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

For more braces safe recipes your kids are sure to love, check out The Braces Cookbook: Recipes You (and Your Orthodontist) Will Love. Don’t forget to remind your child to brush and clean their braces after eating to avoid stains and decay! Contact us with any orthodontic or pediatric questions you have this holiday season, or to schedule an appointment!