Halloween is a perfect holiday to get together with friends, dress up as a crazy character, and indulge in FREE candy! While most kids never second guess diving into their buckets of candy, those with braces must be extra cautious of the tricky, sticky candy!

Those with braces should avoid any kind of candy that could damage or even break their braces. Here are a few tips and tricks for making it through Halloween without writing a horror story of your own.

Say “BOO” To The Sticky, Hard, and Chewy Candies

Easier said than done but the best way to care for your braces is to avoid the candies that can damage them. We can’t give you an extensive list of every candy to avoid but to name a few, you will want to stay away from Jolly Ranchers, Laffy Taffy, popcorn, caramel, lollipops etc. Just remember if it is sticky, hard or chewy it is best to avoid it.

The “Ghoul”d News Is

Although most candies fall under the restricted foods category with braces, fear not, you can still satisfy your sweet tooth. Indulge in Halloween treats that are braces friendly, like chocolates that melt in your mouth, Jell-O, marshmallows, peanut butter cups, ice cream or cake.

Healthy Halloween Tips

Oral hygiene is important especially around Halloween time. Follows these healthy tips while you enjoy your sweet Halloween treats;

  • Perfect Time: Eat Candy with meals or shortly after meals. The increased saliva helps to rinse away the bacteria in your mouth.
  • Choose Candy Wisely: Avoid candies that stay in your mouth longer, the longer sugar stays in your mouth, the increased chance of cavities.
  • Set Treat Time: Moderation! Eating candies should not be an all day feast. Set up treat time that can align with brushing.
  • Brush and Floss: Brush your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes and floss nightly.

Happy Halloween from Dr. Ana Ortiz and Camelback Orthodontic Studio Team!