Trick or treat! It is officially Halloween season, and the staff here at Smiles Orthodontics wants to make sure your holiday is spooky, fun, and braces-friendly. We promise your braces won’t stop you from enjoying Halloween, just as long as you take some necessary precautions and make the right choices for your smile. We’re here to help! Here are a few tips, tricks, and treats to make sure your Halloween doesn’t end with a broken bracket or cavities!

Tricks to Avoid

When it comes to celebrating Halloween with braces, the biggest concern is which candies you can and can’t safely eat. The same rules for everyday food restrictions apply to Halloween candy. This means you’ll want to avoid biting down and crunching on hard candies. Even if you don’t chew hard candy, letting it stay in your mouth while it dissolves gives the corrosive sugars plenty of time to damage your teeth and your braces! Look out for candy bars that contain nuts, they are not a good idea for braces either.

The same goes for sticky or chewy candies. Treats like caramel, taffy, and gummies can get stuck in your teeth and cause cavities and even broken brackets. A less obvious treat to avoid if you have braces if popcorn. While it may look fluffy and harmless, popcorn kernels are very hard and have been known to break brackets and get lodged between teeth, which can be very painful.

Treats to Enjoy

Chocolate without nuts or caramel is soft enough to chew. Some chocolate can even just melt in your mouth! If plain chocolate isn’t your thing, try chocolate candies with soft centers like marshmallow fluff, creme, or nut butter. Bonus points if you choose dark chocolate, which contains less sugar and health benefits like antioxidants!

Halloween is also a great opportunity to think outside the box and come up with a unique treat! Cut up your favorite fruits into bite sized pieces, start a new Halloween snack tradition like a spooky cake or pie, or come up with your own creative, braces-friendly treat!

Alternative Halloween Activities

Trick-or-treating isn’t the only fun activity you can do on Halloween! Host a pumpkin carving party with your friends, go to a haunted house attraction, or enter a costume contest!

No matter how you decide to celebrate Halloween, remember to thoroughly brush your teeth and floss after you enjoy your treats! If you need a refresher, here are some great tips for oral hygiene from Dental Studio of Pasadena. For anyone passing out candy to trick-or-treaters, be sure to include some braces-friendly treats for them to choose from!