Best & Worst Braces-Friendly Halloween Treats

Best & Worst Braces-Friendly Halloween Treats
Posted on 10/15/2020
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Halloween is a great time of year when we can all indulge in some sweets and dress up as our favorite characters. Unfortunately, it is also the time of year where our orthodontist’s office sees broken wires, missing brackets, and orthodontic emergencies. For this reason, Dr. Roy Gonzalez, Jr. wants to give you the best braces care tips so that you can enjoy braces-friendly candy this Halloween!

Best Braces-Friendly Candy

Best Braces-Friendly Candy

For patients with braces, there are some good candy choices and some horrible candy choices during Halloween. Dr. Roy Gonzalez, Jr. wants you to enjoy braces-friendly candy so you don’t encounter any orthodontic issues on October 31st. We recommend sticking to the following candies:

  • Chocolate: chocolate is a pretty good choice for everyone, even those wearing braces. It melts naturally in your mouth and has very little risk of damage to your wires and brackets. Feel free to enjoy chocolate bars and chocolate kisses this Halloween!
  • Peanut Butter Cups: similar to chocolate, peanut butter cups melt easily and have a smooth consistency that will not disturb your braces.
  • Milky Way: once again, chocolate is your friend here. Milky ways are made primarily of chocolate with a caramel center. Although we do not usually recommend a sticky candy like caramel, in milky ways, the caramel is fairly soft. There is no real risk to your braces while enjoying a milky way.

Although these Halloween candies are acceptable for braces, that doesn’t mean we are recommending a high consumption of these candies. Remember, everything in moderation. And, please be sure to brush and floss thoroughly after enjoying your Halloween candy.

Worst Candy for Braces

Unfortunately, there are many Halloween candies that are not suitable for individuals with braces. This October, please avoid the following candies as they can break or damage wires and brackets, and ultimately damage your orthodontic treatment plan.

  • Hard Candy: there are many different types of hard candy, especially on Halloween. The biggest culprit tends to be the Jolly Rancher. Please avoid eating any hard candy while wearing braces.
  • Gum: gum of any kind puts your braces at risk. There is no exception on Halloween.
  • Sticky Candy: sticky candy is the biggest culprit of bending wires out of place. Please avoid candies like toffee, caramels, and Starburst this Halloween.

If you do consume one of these candies and it causes damage to your braces, please contact Dr. Roy Gonzalez, Jr. right away. We will fix the bracket or wire to ensure your orthodontic treatment continues as planned.

Schedule Your Next Orthodontic Appointment Today!

Need more braces care tips? Contact Dr. Roy Gonzalez, Jr. to schedule your next orthodontic appointment. We will ensure the Halloween candy didn’t cause any damage to your orthodontic treatment plan and confirm your teeth are making progress. Request an appointment at our San Antonio office today! We look forward to seeing you soon and hope you have a wonderful Halloween!