Thanksgiving – Plenty to Smile For

by | Nov 9, 2021 | Smile Makeover | 0 comments

Thanksgiving is approaching, and what a wonderful time of year it is!

You get to eat delicious food, spend time with family, and think about all the good things in your life that you are thankful for.

Thanksgiving With Braces

You might be feeling down because you realized that you are wearing braces for this Thanksgiving. Well, we are here to tell you that there is no need to be!

Honestly, the list of foods you should not eat when you have braces is not much compared to all the foods you can eat.

Especially when you consider that the traditional Thanksgiving meal consists of:

Salad: A basic salad of chopped lettuce is ok. You can add shredded carrots or small pieces of apple. But avoid raw vegetables and nuts.

Vegetables:  Cooked string beans, cut corn (avoid corn on the cob), sweet potatoes, yams, or peas.

Side Dishes: Mashed potatoes are totally fine (hallelujah). And for those of you North Carolinians that prefer mac ‘n’ cheese as your side dish, it is a great one for braces too.

Turkey or Ham:  no problemo, just avoid chewing on any bones.

Cranberry Sauce:  100% yes

Stuffing:  If you like stuffing – bring it on.

Pie:  You are good to go. You can dig into a pumpkin, cherry, or apple pie. Just avoid pecan pie because the nuts and stickiness can damage your braces.

And there you have it; there is not a single traditional item that you cannot eat because of your braces this Thanksgiving.

What to be Thankful For

It is an understatement to say that 2021 has been a challenging year. However, as we head into the holidays, Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on all life’s good and happy things and enjoy your gatherings with family and friends.

After all, let’s not forget how Thanksgiving started. When the Pilgrims first landed to America, they suffered many hardships. Then, Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, they shared a celebratory feast with the Native Americans. Hence, the first Thanksgiving.

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it a national holiday. And believe it or not, that was during the Civil War. So, no matter what is happening around us, we can still reflect on the things we are thankful for having.

Thanksgiving Fun

Since Thanksgiving is all about getting together with family and having fun, here are some fun things you can do for the day!

  • Play board games
  • Go for a hike
  • Watch Football (go Panthers!)
  • Watch a movie
  • Play pin the tail on the turkey

For more ideas, check out this list of Thanksgiving games.


Thanksgiving is a fantastic holiday. Whether you have braces or not, we want you to have a great time. Here at Cobb Orthodontics, we will celebrate a great year and all the things we are thankful for, including our wonderful patients!

If you have any questions or need to schedule an orthodontic treatment, contact us today.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dr. Tripp Cobb

Greensboro Orthodontic Office
Randleman Orthodontic Office


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