Trick or Treat – Surviving Halloween with Braces

Halloween has not been cancelled this year.  The most creative and fun holiday of the year is just around the corner so its time to sort out a costume, get your candy bag ready, and prepare to go out trick or treating.  Even if you have recently got braces, with a little guidance and a few tips, you will still be able to enjoy almost all the holiday treats.

Here are some suggestions and tips to help you navigate the somewhat sticky do’s and don’ts of Halloween with braces.

Halloween Don’ts

Chances are you are going to collect a wide variety of candy when out trick or treating.  Some of it is brace friendly but unfortunately some of it you are either going to have to give away or trade with friends or siblings.  Some of the worst candy offenders for your braces include:

  • Caramel, taffy, and soft chewy candy
  • Bubblegum
  • Hard candy
  • Peanut M&M’s

Each of these candies can damage braces resulting in an emergency Halloween visit to the Squamish office.  Instead stick to treats such as:

  • Soft chocolate bars like KitKat’s , Aero bars, and Reese Peanut Butter Cups
  • Smarties and chocolate M & M’s
  • Soft cookies

Halloween Brace Care

Besides avoiding certain types of treats, the most important tip for you and your braces this Halloween is to brush and floss after every meal and especially after binging on your candy.  The tools that you will need include:

  • A soft-bristle toothbrush
  • Your favourite fluoridated toothpaste
  • Waxed dental floss
  • Floss threaders to help get the floss into those hard to reach brace parts

The last thing that you want this Halloween is a cavity or an unscheduled trip to your dentist because you neglected your teeth.

Halloween Safety Tips

Regardless of whether you have braces or not, staying safe this Halloween should be your priority.  When trick or treating always be sure to:

  • Wear bright coloured clothing.
  • Look both ways before crossing the road.
  • Always go through your child’s Halloween candy.
  • Stick to well-lit streets and houses.
  • Trick or treat in a group.

Halloween is a really fun holidays and is a great time to get creative and enjoy the timeless tradition of trick or treating.  By following these simple tips and guidelines, you will be able to enjoy all that this fun filled holiday offers while not jeopardizing your orthodontic treatment.  If you have any other questions about the best way to care for your braces during Halloween or are interested in what orthodontic treatment is right for you, please call or stop by today.  I look forward to seeing you soon.

Happy Halloween from Mountain Orthodontics!