Candy and Halloween Treats You Should Avoid With Kyle Orthodontics

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Halloween is just around the corner, and that means your plastic pumpkins will soon be full of hard to ‘Reese-ist’ Halloween candy! But before you go ‘goblin’ up all that candy, make sure it doesn’t ruin your Kyle/ Buda braces! At Oldham Family Orthodontics in Kyle, we want you to enjoy your holiday without breaking off brackets or causing damage to your orthodontic wires. If you have Kyle braces, here’s a list of candy that you should steer clear of, and candy that is safe to eat.

Candy and Halloween Treats You Should Avoid With Kyle Orthodontics

You can pretty much guarantee any candy that is extra sticky and chewy is a no-no. Hard candy that can get stuck between brackets and wires is also just not a good option. When in doubt, go without!

Here’s our list of unsafe candy:
  • Caramels: These sticky, chewy delights can easily get stuck between the teeth, gums, and braces, making it impossible to clean your teeth and braces properly. Take it from us, give all the caramels you get to your other family members and don’t risk it.

  • Laffy Taffy: So stretchy and chewy that a piece is bound to get lodged somewhere. You won’t be laughing if this taffy ruins your braces!

  • Hard candy: Even if you really like the taste of Jolly Ranchers, you should avoid eating them. Chewing on really hard candy can break off brackets and coat your teeth in so much unnecessary sugar. Also steer clear of Lifesavers, Jawbreakers, Nerds, Tic Tacs, and butterscotch candies as they wreak havoc on Kyle orthodontics.

  • Jelly beans/Chewy Candy: While you may love a good Jelly Belly, your braces sure won’t! These little beans like to stick to orthodontic wires and make it really hard to clean your teeth. Starburst, Skittles, Tootsie Rolls, and Gumdrops are also too chewy and sticky to eat safely.

  • Licorice: Chewy licorice like Twizzlers are not a good choice for braces because they can bend wires and tear off brackets. They also contribute to bad breath and tooth decay.

  • Bubble gum: All gum is a no-no for braces year-round, and Halloween is no exception!

  • Suckers/Lollipops: It might seem ok to lick lollipops as long as you don’t chew them up, but it’s best to avoid the temptation altogether. The high sugar content is not good for your teeth or braces.

  • Popcorn: The kernels are so small they can dislodge a wire or bracket super quick! A lot of Halloween Popcorn is also coated in caramel, so just say no.

  • Candy with Nuts in it: Almond Joy, Snickers, Babe Ruth, PayDay, Hershey’s with Almonds, and any other chocolate/nut combo should not be eaten if you have Kyle/ Buda braces.

Safe Candy for Braces

The “avoid” list might seem pretty long, but don’t let it spook you! There are tons of other types of candy that braces-wearers can enjoy.

  • Chocolate (without caramel or nuts): Break off chunks of a Hershey’s candy bar and chew them with your back teeth to fix your chocolate craving.

  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: Soft and chocolatey, there’s no wrong way to eat this candy! The soft texture won’t hurt your braces.

  • Kit Kats: Break off a piece of that Kit Kat bar so you won’t break a bracket!

  • Three Musketeers: This chocolate-covered candy with fluffy, whipped mousse inside is Kyle orthodontist-approved for Halloween—just don’t eat too many!

  • Marshmallows: A typical marshmallow contains sugar, corn syrup, and gelatin, plus some air. If you like ‘em, eat ‘em! (As long as they are not sticky and can get caught in your brackets)

  • Soft Cookies: Who doesn’t love a decorated ghost or pumpkin Halloween sugar cookie? These are ok to eat with Buda/ Kyle braces.

  • Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses: These are small and easy to chew at room temperature. If you’re lucky enough to get some, don’t feel guilty about eating them!

  • Peppermint Patties: With a chocolate coating and a layer of peppermint flavored cream inside, these are soft enough that they won’t cause any damage to your braces.

  • Pixy Stix: Filled with flavored powder, these are ok to eat on Halloween night!

  • Plain M&M’s: Regular M&M’s with milk chocolate are ok, but avoid other flavors like Peanut that are extra crunchy.

Why You Should Brush Your Teeth After Eating Candy

Halloween only comes around once a year, but your Kyle orthodontic treatment is designed to give you the smile of a lifetime. Keep your teeth healthy and your Kyle/ Buda braces clean by brushing your teeth and flossing after you eat your Halloween treats. Candy is loaded with sugar, and letting it sit on your teeth for too long can lead to permanent white marks (decalcification), cavities or gum disease (gingivitis).

Have a great time while you’re out trick-or-treating, but try to make your candy last a few weeks instead of a few days. Moderation is the key! Sticky and hard candies will damage your braces and if you eat them too often, they could delay or prolong your treatment. Remember that just because a candy is considered “safe” doesn’t mean it won’t cause cavities!

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween

Oldham Family Orthodontics in Kyle hopes your Halloween is spook-tacular! If you still have questions about what kind of candy is ok and not ok, feel free to ask us when you come in for your next appointment. Our goal is for all our patients to be able to enjoy the holiday and keep their braces intact.

Dr. Oldham is a board-certified Kyle orthodontist with the education and experience to design your individual treatment plan. At our office, we offer FREE orthodontic consultations and are open for extended weeknight and weekend hours to fit your busy schedule.

“Wow, definitely glad I decided to bring my child here! They are so nice and accommodating, they have always been there for us since we got started with her braces. They even saw us on a late night before a vacation to make sure she was taken care of, Dr. O and his staff are truly one of a kind!” – Google review from Tanya M.

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