September 13, 2021
As Halloween night creeps closer and closer, you already know that anyone wearing braces would be wise to steer clear of monstrous hard candies and chocolate-covered nuts.
But what else might you accidentally overlook while you relish the spoils of a successful night of trick-or-treating?
Unfortunately, both gummies and caramel apples — two wickedly delicious staples of the season — should remain out of your candy bag, lest you face the fright of broken brackets and wires. Otherwise, anything that can be described as sticky, chewy, or crunchy is going to remain off-limits.
But don’t worry! If you’re wondering what treats you can sink your fangs into this year, here are our top five braces-friendly favorites:
- Hershey’s Kisses & Bars
Soft, traditional chocolate is always a safe bet — both in terms of flavor and texture. Not only do they provide the sugar rush you’ve long craved, but the sheer variety of chocolate bars also bears the blessing of options… just be sure not to buy anything with nuts or toffee inside! Additionally, be mindful to break your bar into smaller, bite-sized pieces before enjoying it.
- Pixie Sticks
For those looking to venture outside the world of chocolate, Pixie Sticks and other tubes of powdered sugar offer an ideally sweet alternative. As they melt in your mouth and require no chewing whatsoever, they won’t pose any immediate damage to your braces. Be careful to brush right after, however, as it may be easy to forget just how much sugar is now coating your teeth!
- Peanut Butter Cups
Both sweet and savory, peanut butter cups offer the best of both worlds when it comes to Halloween candy. And the bonus? They’re soft enough to bow to the force of braces without consequence. Plus, if you’re looking to get creative, you could also dip your chocolates into melted peanut butter for better control of your chocolate-to-peanut-butter ratio.
If you’re hosting an annual Halloween party featuring guests who favor all sorts of different flavors, cupcakes and other such baked goods offer the perfect dessert. Festive, fun, and flavorful, both the moist cake and rich frosting will be very easy to eat with braces on, no matter what stage of orthodontic treatment someone is in.
- Peppermint Patties
Another classic treat for those seeking chocolate with a twist, peppermint patties are soft, rich, and leave your tongue buzzing and refreshed. That being said, while some people like to freeze these chilling treats before they bite in, we encourage you not to do so if you have braces. A frozen pattie might simply be too much for your braces, and you don’t want to end the night with a call for emergency orthodontic care.
Of course, this is by no means a comprehensive list of all of the sweets you might enjoy after trick-or-treating, but we hope it gets you started!
If you have further questions about how to care for your braces, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment, our team is here to offer you exceptional results in a welcoming environment. Learn more today by contacting SouthShore Orthodontics at 813-815-0080!