Enjoying Easter with Braces

Easter is about enjoying family time, Easter egg hunts and all kinds of delicious treats.  If you are not careful, however, your braces can get damaged and leave you with an emergency trip to your orthodontist.  The good news is that there are ways to enjoy all the great parts of Easter with braces.  I would like to share the following tips on how you and your braces can enjoy Easter worry free.

Its All About the Treats

Just because you have braces doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the delicious Easter treats.  However, there are some candies that you will want to avoid because they can wreak havoc on your brackets and wires.  Treats to avoid this Easter include:

  • Chewy candies such as jelly beans, caramels or marshmallow chicks. These types of candies can stick to your wires and brackets and even pull them off.
  • Hard shelled candy such as mini-eggs. The shell can break off brackets and have been known to bend and damage brace wires.

It is not all doom and gloom around Easter treats.  There are many delicious treats that you can indulge in that are brace friendly.  Replace chewy or hard candies with:

  • That’s right, the traditional chocolate Easter bunny is perfectly fine to eat with your braces.  Enjoy this delicious treat guilt-free.  Just remember to not bite into hard chocolate.
  • Baked goods such as cupcakes or brownies. These types of treats are perfectly fine for your braces.

Change the Eggs

If you have braces, perhaps a less traditional Easter egg hunt is needed this year.  If crunchy and sticky treats have been the norm for your Easter egg hunt maybe a different more brace-friendly approach is the way to go.  Try replacing those chewy and hard candies with:

  • Chocolate eggs of all shapes and sizes.
  • Non-edible items such as toys or nail polish. These types of items can be a great substitute for any Easter baskets as well.

Keep a Routine

Just because it is Easter and chocolate is on the brace friendly list doesn’t mean that you can neglect your daily brace hygiene routine. You are going to want to brush your teeth and braces and floss them to prevent any extra plaque build up or cavities from forming.  Stay with your regular routine and you should be able to enjoy a great Easter without needing to worry too much about any problems or brace damage.