Happy Halloween! Chances are you and your family are getting ready to go trick-or-treating, having a party, or settling down with some long-awaited treats! Either way, the docs at Gaston Orthodontics have some tips on what candies are considered safe for braces, and those you should really stay away from!

 

Candy to Stay Away From

  • hard candies
  • chewy candies
  • caramels
  • taffy
  • nutty candies (like Hershey’s with almonds)
  • jellybeans or Dots
  • licorice
  • bubble gum
  • lollipops
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • sour candies
  • Starbursts

 

Skittles and M&M’s might seem okay, but the little candy pieces tend to slip inside wires and pop off brackets. Plus, fruity candy like Skittles and Starburst tend to be fairly acidic, which can destroy the protective enamel on your teeth (especially if they get stuck!)

 

Candy You Can Enjoy

Candy such as dark chocolate or other sugar-free candies tend to be safer for your teeth. Scientists and doctors at the American Association of Orthodontists recommend soft treats or melt-in-your-mouth foods. These may include:

  • Soft chocolate (Hershey Kisses and Hershey Bars are great!)
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Jello
  • Ice cream
  • smoothies
  • root beer floats
  • apple cider
  • cookies and crackers (just make sure they’re not too crunchy!)
  • apples (make sure you cut them into bite-sized pieces first!)
  • Kit-Kats
  • Three Musketeers
  • Whoppers (malted milk balls)
  • Sweet-Tarts
  • Peppermint Patties
  • Hershey’s Cookies and Cream

 

Extra Advice

We highly encourage you or your kids to brush and floss between teeth immediately after eating candy, including around brackets and at the gum line. It’s also a good idea to swish water in your mouth after brushing, just to make double sure you’re getting any left-over pieces!

 

Should you find that you or your child ate the wrong kind of candy or have questions regarding your orthodontic treatment, give us a call at (704) 671-4051! We’ll be happy to take care of you!