At Dr. Dunn Orthodontics, we love the holiday season and want all our patients to do the same! This is the time of the year when there are all types of delicious holiday foods and treats being served which are hard to resist. But if you’re wearing braces that are bonded to your teeth, you have to say “No thanks” to many foods that can damage or break your appliances, which can make you feel left out at all those holiday parties and get-togethers you’ll be attending. But don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered! Below are a few braces-friendly holiday recipes which are approved by your Albuquerque orthodontist as safe to eat.

Apple Pie Smoothie

This is comfort food that’s made into a rich and creamy smoothie which is a soothing treat to enjoy after having your braces adjusted or anytime you want a quick and nutritious snack!


I red delicious apple, cored and peeled

1 small banana

¼ cup old-fashioned oats

½ cup plain Greek yogurt

½ cup almond milk

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup ice


Dice up apple and cut banana into pieces and place in blender with the ice. Add oats, yogurt, almond milk and cinnamon. Blend until well-mixed and pour into a tall glass and enjoy!


Soft Sugar Cookies

While your family and friends not wearing braces are enjoying all those hard and crispy holiday cookies, you can dig into these soft and scrumptious sugar cookies!


3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup of softened butter

2 eggs

1 ½ cups white sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Then beat in the eggs and vanilla. Gradually add the sifted ingredients to make a dough. Then cover the dough and chill for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350. Grease cookie sheets. Then roll the dough out on a floured surface to a thickness of about ¼ of an inch. Then cut out shapes using holiday cookie cutters. Bake the cookies for about 8 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool. Decorate the cool cookies with icing and sprinkles to your liking and enjoy!


Orthodontist-Approved Stovetop Apples & Cinnamon

There’s nothing like the smell of apples cooking that are spiced with cinnamon. This dish makes a great dessert or a sweet & warming treat after spending time outdoors.


6 apples, peeled, cored and chopped

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ cup butter


Place all ingredients in a skillet and saute over medium heat, stirring frequently. After sauteing for 10 to 15 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool. This treat is wonderful eaten as it is or it can be served over the top of ice cream or natural yogurt for a filling and satisfying snack or dessert.

Happy Holidays!

Dr. Dunn and Dr. Hurt, along with their amazing team, would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season! We’d also like to remind all of you wearing braces to watch what you eat so you don’t end up needing to make a repair appointment during the holidays to have your braces fixed. And don’t forget to brush your teeth often so you can avoid common dental problems while you’re improving your smile!