Braces-Friendly Halloween Treats

By October 22, 2015 February 26th, 2019 Orthodontics

Did you know that you can still have sweets this Halloween without damaging your braces or disappointing your orthodontist?

No, this isn’t a trick. The truth is, that there are plenty of treats you can enjoy this October 31st without interfering with your orthodontic treatment.

The actual trick is, knowing how to tell the difference between goodies that are good for you and goodies that aren’t.

Good Treats:

Generally, orthodontists approve sweets that are easy to chew and that don’t stick to your teeth/braces. Some examples of these include:

  • Soft, Melt-In-Your-Mouth Chocolates (like 3 Musketeers)
  • Ice Cream
  • Soft Cookies & Cakes
  • Peanut Butter Cups (like Reese’s)

Bad Treats:

Meanwhile, during your time in braces, Sturgill Orthodontics stresses the avoidance of any treats that are sticky, crunchy, chewy, or hard, as these substances could damage your braces’ wires and brackets. Some examples of these harmful sweets include:

  • Caramel
  • Jelly Beans
  • Gummy Bears
  • Candies with Nuts
  • Licorice
  • Starburst
  • Candy Corn
  • Popcorn
  • Bubblegum
  • Taffy
  • Hard Pretzels

Something to Smile About

Dr. Storie, Dr. Sturgill, and the whole team at Sturgill Orthodontics (Johnson City, Tennessee and Norton, Southwest Virginia) know that enjoying your holiday is important to you. But, we also know that the health of your smile and the swiftness of your orthodontic treatment are also important to you. Both of which are reliant on protecting your braces from foods that could damage them.

Luckily, there is a great compromise. This Halloween, enjoy the yummy treats on our approved list and avoid the ones on our unapproved list, and your October 31st will definitely be something to smile about.

For more Halloween fun, check out our Facebook page for Frightfully Delicious Halloween-themed recipes that are approved by Dr. Storie!