In the long run, braces can provide you with a beautiful, healthy, and confident smile. To get the best results from your orthodontic treatment, it is important to make a few temporary modifications to your lifestyle, including some adjustments to what you eat and how you care for your teeth.

One area of particular concern is candy. When you have braces, certain candies can be problematic because they can damage the braces or get stuck in them, leading to discomfort or prompting the need for orthodontic repairs. Additionally, sticky candies may leave a sugary residue that is difficult to clean off your teeth, raising the risk of bacterial build-up, infection, and cavities.

What Candies Are Allowed When You Have Braces?

There are certain candies that are generally acceptable to eat, even when you are in the midst of orthodontic care. The best options include soft candies that will not damage your braces or get stuck in them. For example:

  • Soft chocolates, including most milk chocolate bars, are reasonable choices when you have braces.
  • Soft peanut butter cups can also be easy to clean from your teeth and pose minimal risk to your orthodontia.
  • Soft mints that dissolve in your mouth, without being too hard or sticky, can also work well.
  • Sugar-free gum is usually an acceptable option as well.

It is also worth noting that, beyond traditional candies, there are plenty of sweet treats you can enjoy when you have braces, including milkshakes and smoothies.

What Candies Should You Avoid When You Have Braces?

Meanwhile, there are several types of candies that are best avoided when you wear braces. Examples here include:

  • Hard candies, including things like suckers and jawbreakers.
  • Chewy candies of all kinds, including caramels, taffy, and gummies.
  • Sticky candies, including anything made with toffee.
  • Crunchy candies, including candies made with hard nuts.
  • Sour candies, which have a high level of acid that can erode tooth enamel.

Talk with Your Orthodontist About Proper Braces Care

Taking care of your braces is an important way of promoting efficient and effective treatment. That might mean making some sacrifices with regard to the kind of candies you enjoy, but there are still plenty of safe options for satisfying your sweet tooth. If you have questions about specific dietary guidelines or other issues related to braces care, talk with your orthodontist directly. Reach out to Children’s Dental FunZone if you would like to schedule a consultation.