Did you know that more people visit their orthodontist for emergency appointments in the weeks following Halloween than at any other time of the year? Eating an abundance of Halloween candies that are less than ideal for your orthodontic appliances is likely to blame.
Certain types of candy can be devastating to braces, fixed retainers and other types of orthodontic gear and “sticky” candies are the number one enemy of braces.
If you have braces, don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a sugarless Halloween! You just need to be a bit pickier about which candies you enjoy.
Not sure how to recognize if a particular candy is safe for you to eat? Here are some quick guidelines:
- Really sticky or chewy (caramels or taffy)
- Super hard or crunchy (jawbreakers or popcorn)
- Soft to bite into (Peppermint Patties)
- Candies that can melt in your mouth (Hershey’s Kisses)
Now that you know which candies to stay away from, you might be wondering what to do with the “bad” candies you get trick-or-treating. One great option is to work with friends and siblings to trade your “bad” candies for “good” ones. Or you could choose to donate your candies and instead bake some delicious treats at home. There are lots of tasty Halloween treats you can make that won’t damage your braces! Check out these recipes from the American Association of Orthodontists.
In all the Halloween excitement make sure you don’t forget to brush your teeth after eating candy, and do your best to stay away from treats that could damage your braces.
Everyone here at OrthoArts hopes you have a happy and safe Halloween!