Braces-friendly candy

Contrary to popular belief, not all candy is off limits when you have braces on. Some candy can be had, and there is a general rule of thumb or two to be followed. once you have had braces on for a while, and if you are familiar with your device and the way it works, you should be able to avoid having problems of any sort. Here are some general rules for eating candy in braces.

General rules

After eating any food when you have braces, rinse your mouth out immediately. This is important, otherwise you will have food detritus stuck between your braces and your teeth and you will get cavities. So rinse after every meal, and when eating something that has high sugar or any carbohydrate content (like candy, bread, pasta, etc), it is advisable that you brush your teeth to remove any and all biofilm that may have been generated. While in braces, it is advisable to use mouthwash more frequently.

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What destroys braces

Food that is too hard or too sticky is what to be aware of. If the stuff is sticky and gooey, it will get caught in braces, can tear brackets loose, or bend wires and other metal bits. Food that is too hard can knock the brackets loose while biting into it. So hardness and stickiness are the things to look out for, making twizzlers, chewing gum, milk duds, toffee, caramels and hard candies an automatic no go.

What is acceptable

Any candy that is not too hard or too gooey is acceptable, as long as your brush or rinse afterwards, which is great news. Chocolate, then, is definitely on the list of acceptable. Here is a little tip though, do not eat it straight as it comes out of the fridge, wait until it is a little bit melted before eating it, that way you simply cannot go wrong. Marshmallows are also on the bill, as they are soft, chewy, but not gooey; they can easily be removed as they do not stick to tooth surfaces. You may need to rinse afterwards though. Cookies and cakes are also on the menu for candy that can be eaten, as well as fudge as long as it is not gooey.

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