Trick or treat! Halloween is quickly approaching and that means scary costumes, sweet treats and fun festivities! This spooky time of year proves to be fun for all, but for those with braces, it may feel a little disappointing. Can you still have fun and indulge in your favorite yummy treats with braces?
When it comes to having braces, there are some added responsibilities to your daily routine, but with a little caution, you won’t have to worry about not having a good time on Halloween.
Trick-or-Treating with Braces
Enjoying a few sweet treats during Halloween is common for many kids and adults. Who can resist candy corn, chocolates and other fun goodies? The key to enjoying your Halloween treats is knowing what to eat and what to avoid with braces. Be sure to avoid the following sweets, as these can cause damage to your braces:
- Hard candies, unless you suck on them instead of chewing them
- Other chewy treats
- Chocolate with nuts
Now that you know what treats you will need to avoid during your Halloween adventures, what can you enjoy? Stick to the following sweet treats:
- Peanut butter cups
- Soft chocolates
- Soft cookies
- Pixie sticks
- Ice cream
You’ll want to be sure to properly clean your teeth after indulging in these treats, because you don’t want bacteria to build up in the crevices of your mouth. This build-up is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease, so brush and floss correctly each and every day to avoid this. And remember to enjoy these treats in moderation. Too much sugar isn’t good for anyone, so keep it in mind this Halloween.
Halloween Costumes and Braces
When you have braces, you get the chance to create a fun look that goes with your Halloween costume. Match your rubber bands to your costume or choose a black and orange combination for a traditional Halloween look. Having fun on Halloween is easy when you have braces, so don’t be afraid to get a little crazy!
Braces on Halloween
No matter what time of year it is, your braces don’t need to get in the way of your fun! Remember to listen to your orthodontist’s instructions on proper care and maintenance of your braces and your teeth, and also always keep your food choices in mind. Remember, when you choose to eat foods that can cause harm to your braces, you run the risk of damaging them and having to see your orthodontist to repair them. This means more time out of your day, and it can also prolong your treatment if it is not addressed quickly. By avoiding problem foods, you won’t have to be scared of damaging your braces this Halloween.
Are you ready to go all out with your braces this Halloween? Let’s go have some spooky fun!