October isn’t only when we celebrate Halloween, it’s also National Orthodontic Month. With this in mind, the team at our pediatric dental office in Long Island thought it’d be a great time to combine the two and talk a bit about which Halloween treats are safe for those with braces. Don’t worry, if you do have braces, you still have plenty of yummy options to choose from.
Best Candy for Braces
When searching for safe candy options for braces, consider the texture of the sweets. Anything that’s super sticky, gooey, or hard is probably best to avoid. Instead, look for these top braces-friendly choices.
- 3 Musketeers
- Peanut Butter Cups
- Peppermint Patties
- Hershey’s Kisses
- Milky Way
- Crunch Bar/Krackel Bar
- Pure Chocolate Bars
All of these delicious options are easy to bite and chew and don’t contain any ingredients that are hard enough to damage braces.
Worst Candy for Braces
At our Long Island pediatric dental office, we want all of our braces patients to have fun this Halloween and enjoy some treats. However, we also feel it’s important for them to be informed of what candy could potentially damage their brackets or wires so they also know what to avoid.
- Hard Candy
- Chewy Caramels
- Jelly Beans
- Nuts or anything containing nuts
Additionally, don’t attempt to eat any of the “safe foods” if they’ve been frozen. Freezing candy negates the soft texture that makes them safe for braces and biting into a rock hard candy bar can certainly cause some trouble.
When you’re out in the neighborhood gathering your treats and maybe showing off some tricks, politely pass on any candy that may cause damage to your braces and rather pick the pieces that are both delicious and safe.
Most importantly, be safe, have fun, and Happy Halloween from your Long Island pediatric dentist!