October, as usual, is National Orthodontic Health month! Seeing as it is always in October and coincidently so is Halloween, it’s a perfect time to remind our patients with braces to put some thought into the treats you enjoy this Halloween. We want our patients in braces to enjoy the holiday and not feel that they are missing out. They can choose among the many treats that are brace-friendly, avoiding ones that are hard, sticky, gummy or chewy. Some brace-friendly choices ones include soft, nut free candies, soft candy bars, peppermint patties, and peanut butter cups.
There are lots more that will keep your braces safe and still let you enjoy the holiday!
Remember the beautiful smile that is in your future will be much sweeter than the momentary pleasure from candy that damages your braces or your teeth
Orthodontic Health month is also an opportunity for us to remind everyone of the positive impact orthodontic care can have. Regardless of your age, orthodontics can improve how you look and also have a positive impact on your health. If you have crowded teeth, having braces can improve your ability to keep everything clean, reduce periodontal problems and tooth wear. Orthodontics can also have a positive impact on your confidence; no more hiding your smile or feeling less than fabulous!
There are many other benefits to orthodontic care and we’re happy to talk to you about the benefits you or your child can have from orthodontic care.
In general, orthodontic patients should look for foods that are soft and easy to chew:
- soft, melt-in your mouth chocolates
- peppermint patties
- peanut butter cups
- milk shakes
- gelatin based treats
- peeled, thinly slice fruit
- ice cream
- nuts (including candies with nuts)
- licorice, jelly beans, taffy
- hard pretzels
- sugary bubble gum
- candy corn
- popcorn including kernels
Treats to Avoid
In general, orthodontic patients should avoid treats that are sticky, hard, chewy or crunchy: