Sweet Treats That Are Braces-Friendly: What Candy Can You Eat With Braces?
Who doesn’t like indulging in some sweet treats every now and then? But when you are wearing braces, it should be noted that you will have to be extra careful and picky with the types of candies you are going to consume. It is, however, possible to enjoy your sweets and still have a good orthodontic experience. To help you do just that, we have comprised a list of candies that are safe for your braces, as well as those you should avoid.
Hard and chewy-candies are a big no-no
What candy can you not eat with braces? Hard and chewy ones always make it to this list. They can damage the wires and the brackets of your braces, so surely, the following candies are those you should try your best to avoid when wearing braces.
- Candies with peanut or almond, M&M’s, Skittle’s and Mars bars- these candies are either very hard or very chewy, which can cause serious damage to your braces. The harder candies can put stress on your teeth when you bite on them. This can break the wires and brackets on your braces.
- Toffee and caramel, though taste amazing, are not so good for your braces with their chewy, hard texture.
- Also think liquorice, bubble-gum, and jelly beans. These types of candies can particularly stick for a much longer time to tricky places in your braces and your teeth, thus making it a fertile ground for decay.
- It is not only the texture of the candies that you should pay attention to, but also the flavour. Sour candies, such as gummies (or Haribos), can set back your treatment, too. The acidity in sour candies can affect the enamel on your teeth. With braces, the acidity can even sit longer on your teeth, and that leads to more damage to your enamel, which, in turn, can permanently damage your teeth. (Though if you cannot resist one or two gummies, you should rinse out your mouth right after).
- Popcorn are said to be not so braces-friendly either. Do not let the soft and melt-in-your-mouth texture fool you. Orthodontists have been recommending their patients to steer clear of popcorn. The kernels in popcorn can be stuck anywhere and everywhere between your teeth and your braces and it is often insanely difficult to get those kernels out. Left in your braces for long enough, those seemingly harmless popcorn kernels can actually do a great deal of damages to your teeth.
So, What Candy Can You Eat With Braces?
As a general rule of thumb, eating too much candy does not do anyone any good anyway. Besides leading to teeth problems, if not brushed thoroughly, sugary treats can also have other negative impacts on your health and weight. However, as you go through your treatment with braces, you can still enjoy some delicious sweets as long as you know which ones are good for you.
- Are you a chocoholic? Well, good news. Chocolate is often said to be perfectly fine for braces. Soft pieces that melt in your mouth are even better. (The same goes for darker chocolate bars as they contain much less sugar than the milkier ones). However, do watch out for chunky and hard pieces of chocolate as biting down on them can bend the wires and pop off the brackets. We would say KitKats bars are a kind of candy you can eat with braces but do try to stay away from frozen pieces of chocolates.
- Malt balls are always a good idea anyway, and when it comes to what candy you can eat with braces, these popular candies almost always make it to top 5. Consisting of a malted milk ball base and chocolate covering, these candies are safe for the braces-wearers to enjoy.
- Although not technically candies, gelatin treats are in the clear, too. It is also usually a healthier option for being less sugar-loaded compared with other types of “conventional candies”.
- Again, though not technically candies, ice-cream is also a good option for those with sweet tooth and braces. It is also said to soothe inflamed gums. However, for the first few days after getting your braces, you might want to put off eating your favorite scoop as your teeth might still be sensitive to cold food.
- Cookies are a great sugary treat that agrees with braces. However, you should be safer with softer and no-nuts cookies. Mini crackers are good with braces, too.
Brush, rinse, repeat
So, it seems clear now that wearing braces can render many types of candies off-limit. Be mindful, that candy of any kind can be harmful to your dental health, as it can stick around your braces and lead to decalcification in the form of permanent white marks, or cavities and gum disease. Always remember to brush your teeth and clean your braces well after treating yourself to sugary snacks. Most importantly, consuming sweets in moderation goes a long way in protecting your teeth, gum and braces. Finally, braces help you achieve a more beautiful smile and improve your dental health, so much so that a little bit of self-discipline in the sweet department is surely going to be worth it.