Halloween can be a nightmare for braces. Besides the dressing up, decorating, and pumpkin carving Halloween is all about the candy. For those of you with braces, you will need to be extra careful and vigilant to ensure that your braces remain intact and undamaged this Halloween. Here are a few tips to help you get through this Halloween.
Candy Do’s and Don’ts
First, let’s focus on the candy and Halloween treats that are a good option for people in braces. If the candy is soft and not sticky you should be able to eat it carefully in small pieces. Examples of this are:
- Pure chocolate bars
- Peanut butter cups.
- Wagon Wheels
Some of the candy that you should avoid include:
- Sticky caramels or any type of chocolate bar that contains caramel.
- Salt-water taffy.
- Popcorn in all its forms.
- Hard foods such as jaw breakers.
- Candy Apples
- Peanut M&M’s
- Granola bars
Brush and Floss Right Away
Regardless of what treats you are indulging in this Halloween you need to remember to brush and floss your teeth after you are finished. The sugar and acid in the candy will increased the risk of cavities. When you are brushing and flossing remember to pay attention to the space between the back wires and your teeth as well as each individual bracket.
If you do encounter any problems with your braces such as a broken bracket or wire, contact us for an appointment to get your braces repaired. The longer you leave problems, the longer you are going to have to wear your braces, and the less effective the treatment will be.
These tips should help you enjoy Halloween while keeping your braces intact and undamaged. If you would like any more information on candy that you should avoid please contact us.
Happy Halloween from all of us at Mountain Orthodontics!