Which Easter candy is safe to eat with braces
Being selective about Easter candy when you wear braces
For patients with braces in Maitland, selecting braces-friendly treats can be difficult over the holidays. Are you used to waking up on Easter morning and enjoying a big basket loaded with candy and delicious treats? But now that you have braces from Maitland Orthodontic Specialists, can you still enjoy those same candies? Not to fear, you can still enjoy plenty of delicious Easter candy as long as you diligently clean your braces when you are finished. Some treats are certainly better than others and a few are probably best left alone so that you can avoid an emergency appointment.
Here is a quick guide to help you enjoy your holiday to the fullest.
Baked goods are always a fantastic Easter treat as many home chefs love to bake cakes, cupcakes, Easter bread and brownies. Most baked goods are absolutely fine to eat for patients with braces in Maitland. Try to avoid baked goods with anything hard such as nuts that can break your braces.
Chocolate Bunnies and Eggs
Most chocolate is perfectly safe to eat if it doesn’t have any sticky caramel or hard particles such as candy or nuts inside that could break your braces. Reese’s cups, hollow or hard Easter bunnies, Marshmallow peeps and other soft candies are also acceptable. Don’t forget to clean your teeth after eating all this candy!
Ok, a basket full of oranges and apples probably doesn’t sound overly appealing but soft fruits can make delicious snacks for Easter or a treat at any time. You can also blend up some delectable fruits or veggies into a healthy smoothie. Add a little peanut butter for flavor or some ice cream to spruce up your blended creation. Bananas, blueberries or oranges make great additions to blended smoothies and this light mixture certainly won’t hurt your braces.
Dying hard boiled Easter eggs is a tradition in many homes during this holiday. Hard boiled eggs are soft and delicious treats that will not cause any harm to your braces.
Treats That Should Be Avoided
Treats that should absolutely be avoided are sticky candy such as caramel and anything that takes a long time to eat. You should also avoid hard foods or crunchy foods to avoid damage to your braces. Sticky candy like jellybeans can pull your brackets right off, so try to avoid the jellybeans. Hard candy such as Mini Eggs or jawbreakers can break your braces, bend wires, or even crack your teeth so Dr. Weeks recommends that you keep those types of treats out of your basket.
Some toxic ingredients in candy that you definitely want to avoid are Yellow No. 6 and High Fructose Corn Syrup. Yellow no. 6 may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children while High Fructose Corn Syrup contains contaminants such as mercury. It also requires zero digestion for the body to process and goes straight to the liver to trigger the production of triglycerides and cholesterol.
Any treat should be enjoyed in moderation. It’s extremely important to remember to brush your teeth! Those beautiful teeth of yours that will soon be straight can be damaged by too much sugar. Sugar can rot away the adhesive connecting the braces to your teeth and it can do serious damage to your teeth as well. If you find yourself eating too much candy, take a break and diligently brush your teeth!
Dr Weeks and the team at Maitland Orthodontic Specialists want to wish everyone a happy Easter. Please remember to be selective when choosing which treats you want to eat and always brush your teeth after sugary meals and snacks. Remember, candy isn’t the only option to fill Easter baskets with. Electronics, movie tickets, thoughtful cards and gift cards are always another nice option to save those pearly whites. If you have any questions about safe options, feel free to call Dr. Travis Weeks and his staff at Maitland Orthodontic Specialists. Our team is here to answer any questions that our patients might have.