We all know Halloween means candy. And even though we sincerely want you to take the bull by the horns, live life to the fullest, carpe diem, all that good stuff, we also would really like to make your orthodontic treatment as quick, painless, and enjoyable as possible. That’s why we’ve put together a list of braces-friendly Halloween candy options for you to take advantage of. The good news is that you can still live it up in the candy department this October while keeping your teeth healthy and your orthodontist happy!
What to watch out for
Certain sweets can cause some serious damage to your teeth and braces, which can delay precious treatment time. Hard candies, chewy candies, caramels, taffy, nutty goodies, jelly beans, licorice, bubble gum, suckers, Tootsie Rolls, and sour candies are some of the foods that can cause havoc for trick-or-treaters who are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Skittles and M&M’s may seem innocent, but those tiny pieces of candy love to slip inside wires and pop off brackets. Better stay away. Furthermore, sour and fruity candies like Starbursts and Skittles are the worst because they are highly acidic, which can wear down the enamel that protects your teeth, paving the way for tooth decay and cavities.
These candies are your friends
Candy such as dark chocolate, sugar-free gum, or anything that contains the sugar substitute xylitol is not as harmful for your teeth as hard, chewy, or sticky sweets. Experts at the American Association of Orthodontists recommend softer treats or melt-in-your-mouth foods. These include:
- Soft chocolate (Hershey’s Kisses are in the clear!)
- Peanut butter cups (Go for those Reese’s Cups!)
- Gelatin treats
- Ice cream
- Root beer floats
- Apple cider
- Cookies and crackers (Just be careful about hardness.)
- Apples (Great in bite-size pieces! Don’t bite into a candied/caramel apple, but feel free to dip it in sauce.)
- Kit Kat Bars
- Three Musketeers
- Malt Balls
- Sweet Tarts
- Peppermint Patties
- Cookies and Cream
- Snow Caps
Some extra tips
Staying away from sticky and hard candies this Halloween is the name of the game. In addition to avoiding broken brackets and bent wires, we encourage you to brush and floss between teeth immediately after eating candy, including around brackets and at the gum line, as well as swishing water in your mouth--even “good” candy can cause cavities!
If you happen to damage your braces, give us a call at 541-848-6642 and we can help get your teeth all straightened out again. And from everyone at Team Struble, we hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!