Can you eat M&M’s when you have braces?

In this article we are going to answer can you eat M&M’s when you have braces, what are M&M’S, what are braces, why do you need to avoid some food when you have braces, what candies can you eat with braces, and what candies to avoid when you have braces. 

Can you eat M&M’s when you have braces?

Yes, you can eat M&M’s when you have braces. M&Ms are brace-friendly candies. You can safely enjoy M&M’s because the outer shell is not that hard and the interior is made with soft milk chocolate. Try to avoid M&M’s with peanuts. 

What is M & M ‘S?

M&M’s are multi-colored button-shaped chocolates consisting of a candy shell surrounding a filling of chocolate. Each of them has the letter M in lower case printed on them. The original flavor has a semi-sweet chocolate filling. There are other variations of the inside such as

  • Peanut butter
  • Peanuts
  • Almond
  • Pretzels
  • Dark chocolate
  • Caramel
  • Brownie

All flavors are surrounded by a candy shell and inside semi-sweet chocolate plus the flavor varieties. 

M&M’s originated back in 1941 in the United States and are sold now in more than 100 countries all over the world. The idea of M&M’s and its candy shell surrounding came with the slogan melt in your mouth, not in your hand. 

What are braces?

Braces are dental tools that help correct problems with teeth. Braces are used to correct dental problems such as

  • Crowding
  • Crooked teeth
  • Teeth that are out of alignment

They can be used when teenagers or also as adults. The most common use is to correct crooked teeth or bad bites. For some individuals, it is more about cosmetic problems, some may have pain and difficulty chewing or even speaking. 

Braces are usually uncomfortable and painful to wear leading to injury inside the mouth. They can be used in two forms, they can be fixed and worn at all times or removable by the patient. 

Why do you need to avoid some food when you have braces?

Some food or candies can cause damage to your teeth or braces. The main food that can cause damage are

  • Acidic food that can cause damage to the brace or your teeth
  • Hard sticky food that gets stuck in your brace

If you get damage, either your teeth or the brace, your treatment might take longer and might need to go to the orthodontist before you plan to go. 

What candies can you eat with braces?

The best candies to eat when you have braces are those that are soft, and non-sticky so they won’t get stuck in your braces. If you eat safe candies you won’t have to worry because there will not be popping braces or displacing anything. 

  • Peanut Butter cups
  • Kit Kat bars
  • Peppermint patties
  • Chocolate bars with no nut
  • Milkshakes
  • Three musketeers 
  • Ice cream
  • Soft cookies
  • Reese’s 
  • M&M’s original (no nut or peanuts)

If you are eating candy, remember to brush and floss your teeth because sugar can linger and become plaque and acids that will cause problems in your teeth and braces. 

What candies to avoid when you have braces?

You should avoid as much as you can all hard, sticky, chewy, or extra crunchy candies. If you don’t want an emergency visit to the dentist, stay away from them. Some candies you should avoid are

  • Taffy
  • Chewy candies such as tootsie rolls, sugar daddies, sugar babies
  • Caramels such as sugar daddies, sugar babies, and milk duds
  • Caramel or candy apples
  • Jerky
  • Candy or chocolate nuts
  • Nuts
  • Gum
  • Hard candies such as nerd, jolly ranchers, butterscotch, and peppermints
  • Candy corn and jelly beans 
  • Jelly candies such as dots, Swedish fish, gummy anything

Follow this link for more information on what candies to avoid when you have braces. 

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Conclusion

This article answered can you eat M&M’s when you have braces, what are M&M’S, what are braces, why do you need to avoid some food when you have braces, and what candies can you eat with braces, and what candies to avoid when you have braces. 

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