April 13th, 2017
With Easter coming up, you, your child, or teen might be daydreaming about all those delicious treats hidden in colorful eggs. If you have braces, you might want to think twice before you sink your teeth into something sweet.
Since braces are attached to teeth with cement, it's very easy to break, bend or loosen them. Hard, sweet and sticky foods are the worst when it comes to damaging braces, so some candy should obviously be avoided. But if you know what you can eat and what you should avoid, it will go a long way toward protecting your teeth and braces.
What You Can Eat
When it comes to foods you can eat with braces, focus on two words: soft and healthy. With a little creativity, you can still splurge during Easter without eating anything that's hard or sticky. Here are a few examples of what you can eat during Easter (or any other time while wearing braces):
- Marshmallows: Peeps are an Easter classic!
- Soft chocolate: Just make sure there aren't any nuts or a hard shell (3 Musketeers & Reese’s are good examples).
- Sugar-Free gum: Safe!
- Ice cream: Enjoy them in classic Easter colors like pink or blue.
- Cakes: The perfect canvas for Easter-themed indulgence.
- Eggs: Decorate the outside, then enjoy the soft center!
Coming up with ideas for candy with braces can be half the fun, so use your imagination and indulge.
What You Should Avoid
As mentioned before, braces and candy are a bad mix. Obviously, avoid hard, sticky candy and focus on items like the ones mentioned above. Here are some specific examples of bad ortho Easter candy:
- Nuts: PayDay, Snickers, etc.
- Sticky Caramel: Caramel Apples, Werther's, etc.
- Hard Candy: Jawbreakers, Spree, Gobstoppers, etc.
- Sugar Gum: bubblegum, fruit flavored, etc.
- Sticky Candy: Starbursts, Gummy Bears, etc.
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