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Trick-Or-Treat Your Teeth

Trick or Treat with Braces

It’s one of the best times of the year. October brings brisk evenings, football games, pumpkin-flavored everything, and perhaps best of all — free candy!

Who doesn’t love that?

However, trick-or-treating becomes trickier-treating when you have braces.

Don’t worry, you can still indulge. But there are a few things to watch out for, and at Meyer Orthodontics, we want you to know how to best take care of your orthodontic investment on every occasion.

What to Avoid

If you or your child have braces, you’ll want to steer clear of a few treats in order to avoid damage to your braces. Here’s what we recommend avoiding:

  • nuts
  • caramels
  • hard candies
  • licorice
  • jelly beans
  • taffy
  • gum
  • hard pretzels
  • popcorn
  • suckers
  • Starbursts
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Skittles

Remember, the pain and inconvenience of a loose bracket or wire is not worth the quick sugar fix, especially when there are many options of candy you can enjoy.

What to Enjoy

  • soft chocolate
  • peanut butter cups
  • gelatin treats
  • soft cookies
  • apples (in bite sized pieces)
  • ice cream
  • smoothies
  • root beer floats
  • apple cider

Tips for a Sweet Halloween

See? You can still enjoy trick-or-treating despite having braces. Here’s a few more tips from us at Meyer Orthodontics.

  • Trade your “bad for braces” candies for better ones. Bargain with your brother for his Reese’s and practice the art of good trade deals.
  • Score points with your friends by giving them your unwanted candy.
  • Consider using this as an opportunity for a “healthier” Halloween, and find a fun and healthier alternative for candy.

If you do end up with a braces mishap, contact us in Brookings. We’re always here to help!