Candy and braces

When a sugar craving hits, they say you can suppress it by sipping on apple cider vinegar, but who wants to do that? If you have a sweet tooth and braces, a little treat here and there is harmless – so long as you choose wisely. You don’t want to get yourself into a sticky situation (literally!) There are some candies that are obviously going to cause trouble, and you should use common sense when considering whether or not to eat certain candy if you have braces. Below are some of our recommendations

Safe candy

For a sweet treat, cakes are always a safe bet. Chocolate, vanilla, red velvet – take your pick! Other safe confectionaries include

  • Petit Fours
  • Macaroons
  • Brownies
  • Custard slices

With regards to candy and braces, the rule of thumb is to opt for soft, melty candy. Plain chocolate is also okay, as well as anything that just melts on your tongue.

Give it a miss

Certain candies should be avoided altogether as they can cause damage to your braces. We’re talking about the hard, crunchy, or uber sticky kind.

Toffees are notorious for causing damage to braces. Not only that, some really sticky types have even pulled out fillings!

On that note, sticky bubble gum may not necessarily break your braces, but it can become entangled and a real nightmare to remove!

You should also avoid eating anything with nuts as they may break your brackets. Lollipops and peppermints are safe to suck on, but avoid biting down on this type of candy as is can cause some serious damage to your braces.

Sugar and braces

While many orthodontists argue against candy and recommend completely forgoing it if you have braces, we understand that this can be difficult, especially for children. Life without a little sweetness is no fun!

The argument against sugar and braces is that sugar can become stuck in your braces, leading to decay. However, when consumed in moderation and followed by sufficient cleaning, sugar and braces do not necessarily spell disaster. Just treat with caution!