October is a month for trick-or-treats and candy, but eating Halloween candy with braces is tricky. There are many candies to avoid during orthodontic treatment. In honor of National Orthodontic Health Month, we’ve put together some tips on Halloween treats that are okay and not okay to eat if you have braces.
Tips for Eating Halloween Candy with Braces
Eating Halloween candy with braces may cause broken appliances, prolong your treatment time, or lead to other oral health problems. The general rule is: don’t eat anything hard, sticky, chewy, or crunchy. Sugary foods are bad for your teeth and should be avoided as much as possible, especially during orthodontic treatment. However, you don’t have to miss out on all Halloween treats just because you have braces! Here are some specific tips on what to avoid and what not to avoid when it comes to eating Halloween candy with braces.
Do not eat the following foods and candies:
- Caramel and candy apples
- Candy corn
- Licorice and taffy
- Lollipops and jawbreakers
- Tootsie Rolls
- Popcorn (Remember: Popcorn and braces don’t mix!)
The following foods are okay to eat in moderation:
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
- Hershey’s Bars
- Soft chocolates (the kind that melt in your mouth)
- Ice cream or milkshakes
- Peeled, thinly-sliced apples drizzled or dipped in a sauce
National Orthodontic Health Month
October is not all about Halloween. It’s also National Orthodontic Health Month! At Dougherty Orthodontics, we believe that orthodontic treatment (when necessary) is extremely important. Braces not only improve dental health, but also provide increased self-esteem and a beautiful, confident smile. The American Association of Orthodontists video says it best: “Everyone deserves straight teeth and a beautiful smile.” To learn more about National Orthodontic Health Month and get recipes for some delicious (and safe) Halloween treats, visit mylifemysmile.org/nohm. Check out Handimania.com to learn how to make a DIY jack-o-lantern with braces!
Have questions about eating Halloween candy with braces? Interested in getting braces? Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dougherty.