It seems pretty ironic that National Orthodontic Health Month and Halloween both fall in October! Perhaps it’s because we orthodontists know that Halloween can be a really scary time for teeth — especially for those with braces! The team of experts at Bankhead Orthodontics know how much fun trick-or-treating is so we definitely don’t want you to miss out on Halloween all together. We just want you to avoid candies and snacks that can damage brackets and wires, so here is a list of sweet treats you’ll be able to enjoy without having to make an extra trip into our office!
Reach for These
There are some treats that can satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising your orthodontic treatment, such as:
- Chocolate. There are plenty of chocolate treats that don’t have caramel or nuts in them. Plain Hershey bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and even crispy Kit Kats are all popular Halloween candies that won’t break brackets or wires.
- Cookies. Having a Halloween party? Soft sugar cookies or any cookies that aren’t too crunchy are perfect for kids with braces.
- Ice cream or milkshakes. Who doesn’t scream for ice cream? Add some orange food coloring to the smooth, creamy treat for extra Halloween fun!
Treats to avoid
When you’re wearing braces, you should always stay away from:
- Anything sticky. Licorice, gummies, jelly beans, Star Bursts, Skittles and Tootsie Rolls can loosen wires or may pull off brackets.
- Hard candy. Treats such as suckers and Jolly Ranchers can break off brackets if you bite down on them, so it’s best to avoid them all together.
- Nuts. Snickers, Almond Joy, and other candy that has nuts can damage braces, so try to look for smooth candy bars instead.
- Popcorn balls. You may think this popular Halloween treat is safe because it’s not candy, but kernels can get stuck in wires without you knowing it. This can cause gum tissue to swell and become really painful.
Enjoy Halloween, But Be Sure to Brush and Floss
Sugar on your teeth without braces can cause decay, so just imagine what it can do when it gets stuck under brackets. To keep sugar from building up throughout Halloween night, try to swish with water after eating each treat. If you decide to have treats on Halloween night (or really any time of year) make sure to use a fluoride toothpaste and brush and floss thoroughly before bed.
If you have any questions about what’s safe to eat with braces, our Experts in the Art of Orthodontics are always here to help. Happy Halloween!
If you or your child needs orthodontic treatment, work with the experts at Bankhead Orthodontic Specialists. Serving the St. Louis, MO, Metro area as well as southeastern Illinois via six convenient locations, these trained specialists offer traditional, lingual and clear braces as well as Invisalign® to provide patients with highly customized solutions. Call (636) 978-8848 today to schedule a consultation, and visit the website for more information.