Can I Eat Halloween Candy With Braces?

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With Halloween just around the corner, the only thing more frightening than a zombie apocalypse or a Scream mask might be the fact you think you can’t eat any candy with braces on.

We all fear the list of foods your orthodontist tells you to avoid, dread not being able to chew gum for a few months (yes, even sugarless gum!), and want to push the limits of what we can and can’t eat (which can be all fun and games until you really do break off a bracket).

The thing about braces is you have to get creative. Instead of eating an apple off the core, you can eat apple pie. Instead of eating corn on the cob, you can cut it off and add some seasoning to it. It’s not that you can’t eat a lot of food, it’s that you have to watch how you eat it.

Of course, some things are still off limits.

Candy corn is hard (and does anyone even like candy corn anyway?). Jolly ranchers are hard and sticky. Tootsie rolls are chewy and sticky. Skittles are sticky. Gummy bears are chewy. Gum is, well, gum.

Imagine your braces walking down the street and stepping in a pile of chewed gum. Much like shoes, your brackets will get stuck, and then, after a cartoon montage of trying to walk away with your shoes still on, you’ll have a sticky mess on your hands (and soles).gum-on-shoe

The theme is to avoid hard, sticky, chewy things.

But there’s still a lot of candy that you can eat.

Chocolate bars (just be careful of the ones that have nuts in them), 3 Musketeers bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Peppermint Patties, Pixie Stix. If it doesn’t make noise when you bite it, and doesn’t cling to your molars or front teeth, it could be okay.

Always double check with your orthodontist or an assistant (not Jimmy from your third hour class that had braces a couple years ago!) to make sure your Halloween candy is good to go.

For the candy you can’t eat, a little sibling generally works pretty well. And if not, donating candy can be a good option as well.

Be safe on Halloween, because broken brackets could mean you have your braces on for longer. And the goal is always to get them off before next Halloween!

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