With the Easter Bunny showing up soon, our team here at Cobb Orthodontics would like you to know which Easter candies are safe and which ones should be avoided for braces. We will help you know what a person with braces can eat without having to worry about harming their braces.
Candy to Avoid
As your orthodontist, we are obligated to say that you should avoid all candy, but we know that’s not very fun and not realistic!
However, some candies will not be very fun to eat with your braces and could damage them or hurt you.
Candy that is hard or chewy can cause some serious problems and damage your braces, not to mention it will be tough to clean!
You should avoid:
- Hard candy
- Chewy candy
- Hard Sour candy
- Kettle corn (actually, any type of popcorn)
- Candy with nuts
That list gives you some specific examples, but it is by no means a complete list. As a rule of thumb, foods that have a tendency to get stuck in your teeth or are hard to chew are not good for your braces.
Braces-Friendly Easter Candy
Luckily, there are candies that should not cause any damage to your braces or cause unnecessary trips to the orthodontist.
Candy and sweets that are soft or melt in your mouth should be no problem for your braces but remember that they’re still not great for your teeth, so eat them in moderation!
Here are some candy ideas that you can safely enjoy with braces:
- Chocolate (without nuts or caramel)
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
- Junior Mints
- York Peppermint Patties
- Hershey’s Kisses
- 3 Musketeers Bars
- Marshmallow Peeps
Now that we have covered candy, we want to give you some other good ideas for Easter fun.
- Easter egg hunt – Traditionally, an Easter egg hunt involves finding candy, but you could make it a search for all kinds of things. Instead of finding candy, make it a hunt for an iTunes gift card, or maybe a treasure hunt for a new toy.
- Custom Easter baskets – If you have a budding artist in your family, include paintbrushes, paints, a new sketchbook, or pencils in their Easter basket. If you have a soon-to-be scientist, then get them a science experiment kit. These gifts will be healthier and be enjoyed for a longer time than candy.
- Go on a family trip – Do you have a beach you’ve wanted to go to or a hiking trail you want to trek? Easter is the perfect time to get out there and do some fun activities for you and the whole family.
We want you to have a fun and enjoyable Easter holiday without having to schedule any annoying trips to get your braces fixed.
By following this guide on what candies are safe to eat, you and your family will have an awesome time! Happy Easter!