Worst Candy For Braces | Walnut Creek CA Orthodontist | Smile Power

Posted on 11/08/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Worst Candy For Braces | Walnut Creek CA Orthodontist | Smile PowerAt Smile Power Orthodontics, we're proud to offer comprehensive orthodontic treatment to patients throughout Walnut Creek and the greater East Bay area. But in addition to in-office orthodontic treatment, we strive to be a resource for every part of the orthodontic treatment process. Now that Halloween has passed, many kids are digging into their massive piles of candy - but unfortunately, that same candy can be scarier than all the ghosts and goblins of the season! Many candies pose a serious threat to braces, and few things are scarier than broken or damaged brackets. To help out, we've compiled some of the worst candies out there for braces - so make sure to avoid these this season!

Sticky & Chewy Candies

Perhaps the most dangerous candies for braces are sticky, chewy sweets like caramel or salt water taffy. These candies can get stuck to brackets and archwires, but because they're so viscous, they can also pull brackets right off the teeth. Make sure to stay far away from caramel, taffy, and anything else that's sticky!

Hard Candies

Hard candies like Jolly Ranchers, lollipops, and even some types of dark chocolate are another major no-no for braces-wearers. These candies can easily break brackets off the teeth as you bite down on them, so it's best to steer clear of them while wearing braces. 

Dangerous Non-Candy Items

It's not just candy that can hurt braces during Halloween - some other treats can still pose a threat, even if they're not explicitly candy. Popcorn is a major offender for this, as the hard kernels and thin shells can break off brackets or get stuck between teeth and braces. Caramel apples are another dangerous item, as both the sticky caramel and the hard apple pose a threat to the teeth.

Contact Your Walnut Creek Orthodontist

We hope this guide is helpful to you in taking care of your braces this year, and if you have more questions about how to survive the post-Halloween season with braces, we're happy to answer them. Contact us today to learn more about caring for braces or to schedule an appointment at our Walnut Creek orthodontic office!