If you eat the wrong Halloween treat, it could become a trick that wreaks havoc on your braces. At Jaffe Orthodontics, we want you to enjoy this fun holiday even though you have braces. After many years working with patients, we have developed a list of treats that you can enjoy and those that you should avoid. You don’t want to put a damper on your Halloween fun with an orthodontist visit to fix your braces, but if that happens, we are always here to help.
Generally, you should avoid sticky, hard, chewy, or crunchy treats, including caramel, licorice, jelly beans, gum, candy corn, hard candy, lollipops, chips, and pretzels. Many of these treats don’t easily dissolve in your mouth, so they get stuck in your braces, and the hard or crunchy treats can break a bracket or wire.
When going through your candy, set aside the treats that you should avoid and share them with family and friends that don’t have braces.
You can enjoy treats that are soft and easy-to-chew. The American Association of Orthodontics suggests treats that dissolve easily, such as chocolate that will melt-in-your-mouth, peanut butter cups, soft candy bars, peppermint patties, and soft cookies.
You don’t want those sugary Halloween treats leaving you with ghoulish cavities. After eating your candy, you should floss your teeth to dislodge any food stuck in your braces and then brush thoroughly to get all that sugar off of your teeth.
As a leading Barrington and Bristol Orthodontist, we believe it is important to provide you with good information in addition to high-quality care. If you have more questions about treats you can eat or those to avoid, contact our Barrington Orthodontics office.
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