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Got Candy? Orthodontist Broomfield Braces Do’s and Dont’s


March 13, 2019

The dietary restrictions associated with braces are similar for all individuals who have them regardless of their age and candy is a major component on the do not eat list. While candy consumption should be limited whether or not you are having to wear braces for dental care, knowing which types and varieties are acceptable in moderation and those that you should avoid at all costs can be extremely beneficial and help you cope with the dietary restrictions.  

Cleaning your teeth becomes a bit more difficult with braces and their brackets, wires, etc. so knowing which candies can complicate these matters helps immensely. If a braces wearer, you need to understand the limitations created and need to both brush and floss daily in order to keep your mouth free of cavities, your braces in good working order, and eliminate any potential for disease.

Unfortunately, one of the most anticipated treats associated with many of the holidays celebrated throughout the year involves candy. Kids especially, are often the recipients of various types of candies for many of the holidays - Easter, July 4, Christmas, a birthday - both their own and at friend’s parties - and the most famous candy holiday of them all, Halloween.

Regardless of the stage you are in during wear, it is likely that if you are selected as a braces recipient then at some point you will endure one of these, likely more and even some on more than one occasion. For this reason, understanding the importance on limiting candy intake and the impact it can have on your braces is increasingly important.

Help protect your teeth by limiting the amount of candy you consume but fortunately, there are some that in moderation can help cure your sugar cravings and combat the withdrawls from all types of candies during your braces tenure.

CANDY TO AVOID 

There are unfortunately a number of foods to avoid while undergoing braces treatment and knowing what you can and can’t eat is important. Realizing which foods are okay and those that may have an adverse effect on the treatment will help you to establish a better understanding for how to deal with the dietary restrictions associated with your braces. Candy is obviously detrimental, even for those who don’t have braces, but the restrictions when coupled with brackets and wires can be even more detrimental. Damage caused by sticky and hard candies can not only prolong the amount of time wearing your braces is necessary but any damage needs to be fixed professionally, meaning extra care will be required.

Too much sugar will negatively affect your teeth and their protective coatings, in addition to causing a variety of other health concerns. By limiting your sugar intake and candies that fall into the following categories, you can help create a positive experience while wearing your 
Braces and not feel like you’re missing out on any fun foods throughout the process.

Anything that is sticky should be strictly off limits. These sticky candies can adhere to the wires and brackets, making them difficult to clean and potentially causing damage if left unattended. Sticky, although often a softer type of candy, leading individuals to believe they are safe, these candies can get in between teeth easier and since the braces make cleaning more difficult, getting rid of all residue is nearly impossible. For this reason it is better to avoid sticky candies, including gummies, at all cost.

Popcorn is another treat that should be avoided when wearing braces. Although considered to be full of air and fluffy, popcorn also contains hard pieces and kernels which can cause brackets to pop off and the smaller pieces can get stuck between the wires and teeth.

Toffee and brittle pieces should also be avoided as they can cause issue when biting down. These typically smaller pieces can also be broken up and get underneath the wires which can damage the braces or break a bracket. 

CANDY TO EAT

Avoiding popcorn and anything sticky removes a large portion of the candy aisle but there are still some left that, in moderation, are okay to consume with braces. Chocolate is a better solution than many of the sticky candies available and often when consumed in whole milk chocolate form will avoid causing any damage.

The softer the better but much of the chocolates available can be okay to eat with your braces. Obviously, kids or adults shouldn’t consume enormous amounts of chocolate and each should keep an eye on their overall sugar intake but the softer the chocolate, the better.

Softer cookies are also good in small numbers. Make sure they don’t contain anything sticky or that may cause damage, like brittle or nuts, but regular cookies are mostly okay. Chocolate chips especially fall into the safe to eat category and can help eliminate the desire for other candies while wearing your braces.

JUST DEPENDS

Hard candies have to be watched but some can be deemed acceptable if eaten correctly. Often, these types of candies will soften and dissolve as they are consumed if those eating them allow them to dissipate inside their mouths without chewing or chomping down on the pieces.

If you or your child is able to control the urge to bite down on hard candies then they can be cleared off the restricted list. However, the temptation and potential for damage may outweigh the benefits of allowing them to have these type of candies, especially since constant observation would be required in order to ensure they don’t cause any damage to their braces by biting down onto the hard candies.

If you’re concerned about braces and the nutritional guidelines associated with having them or fear some type of damage may have been caused by something you ate, then let the highly trained experts at Prentice Orthodontics help today. Our professionally trained staff provides a wealth of knowledge and can assist you with any of the treatments necessary . Serving Broomfield and the surrounding areas, our office can provide assistance with any of your oral needs, including answering any of your questions you may have about the care and procedures associated with orthodontics. Contact us today or call 303-468-7722 to schedule your first appointment and get started.