When undergoing orthodontic treatment, knowing which Halloween candies are safe for your apparatus can be tricky. Though some orthodontists might advise parents and kids with braces to sit Halloween out altogether, some treats are better for brackets and wires than others.
Gum, taffy, and other chewy, sticky candies are the worst Halloween items for braces. Hard candy can also be harmful, both because of the risk of biting down too hard as well as lingering sugar sticking to your teeth for long periods of time.
Whether you’re trick-or-treating or attending Halloween parties, sweets you can safely enjoy with braces this holiday include:
- Chocolate bars that don’t contain nuts or a sticky filling
- Small, soft chocolate candies like M&Ms
- Soft cookies
- Apple slices (remove from the stick and skip the caramel)
In Denver and other parts of Colorado, Halloween evenings can get chilly. If you and the kids are cold after trick-or-treating, other acceptable sweets can be enjoyed as beverages: Warm drinks like cider and hot chocolate are also safe for braces.
Good judgment is critical to good dental and orthodontic health. Too much sugar leads to tooth decay, so use common sense when deciding how much candy to have and what kind.
To learn more about how you and your family can enjoy Halloween while being careful of braces, please contact Advanced Orthodontic Care or call 303-331-0222 today. Dr. Robert Rudman welcomes patients throughout the Denver area.