Can you eat treats with braces?

In this brief guide, we will discuss the following question, “can you eat treats with braces?”, and other queries related to this topic.

Can you eat treats with braces? 

Yes, you can eat treats with braces as long as they are soft and can melt in your mouth. Hard candies and treats should be completely avoided since they risk breaking your braces and brackets. Moreover, eat soft treats, chocolate, and sweets in moderation.

Excessive sweets and sugar intake can accumulate between your teeth and around your braces leading to cavities, gingivitis, or gum problems and inflammation along with causing permanent white spots called decalcification on your teeth. 

So, when you are done eating sweets, brush your teeth through;y to avoid mouth and cavity problems. Additionally, sugar is not only bad for your teeth but also your health. Excessive sugar intake will lead to weight gain along with causing chronic health problems in the long run.

Moreover, hard candies can be harmful to your teeth without having any braces on them. 

These types of candies and sweets put pressure on your teeth especially when you are trying to break them down inside your mouth. This pressure will be risky in the case of braces.

Also, your teeth are very sensitive after braces so trying to bite hard food will be a little bit harmful. Besides, breaking your braces or brackets will increase the time of treatment by an extra one to two months. In addition, it will increase the treatment cost.

In addition, sugar makes the environment within your mouth acid. The acidity increases your chance of developing tooth decay and the more you eat sweets you increase your risk. Sugar is present in carbohydrates such as potatoes and bread so consume them in moderation.

Along with some types of sweets, some food should also be avoided to keep your brackets from breakage. So, sticky and hard food like carrots, cucumber, corn-on-cob, apples, pears, toasted bread, burgers, sandwiches, hard steak, jerky, and fried chicken.


What desserts are safe to eat for braces?

There is a long list of desserts, sweets, and candies that a person can consume while putting on braces. For example, plain chocolate without caramel or nuts, marshmallows, and soft cookies. Before eating any of them, ask yourself if you can chew them or if they will stick in your braces.

Cakes and pies are types of sweets that can be consumed safely without harming your brackets. Cakes, as well as pies, are soft and fluffy. Hence, avoid those containing nuts or hard and sticky frostings and toppings.

In addition, puddings, custard, and jello are extremely safe to eat while putting braces. These sweets do not need any effort for chewing because they have a soft texture and you can rarely find nuts or sticky topping added to them.

Moreover, all kinds of fruits can be consumed. However, you should cut them into small pieces before eating them. So, fruits such as bananas, mango, pineapples, kiwi, strawberries, and other soft fruits are safe to be consumed.

Hence, hard fruits including apples, pears, nectarine, and peach should be sliced into small chunks to avoid breaking your brackets. Also, fruits are a better substitute for chocolate and sweets because they are loaded with nutrients and fibers beneficial for health.

Besides, soft cookies containing chocolate chips are safe and will not risk breaking your braces. But make sure to not overbake them because they will be hard if kept for a very long time inside the oven and avoid those containing nuts or hard toppings

Furthermore, ice cream is a great snack idea because it is soft and creamy in case you are worried about the safety of chocolate, cakes, pies, and cookies. Hence, choose ice cream that does not contain any hard ingredients like big chocolate chunks for example.


What sweets to avoid for braces?

Along with having a long list of desserts and sweets that can be consumed safely while putting on braces, there is a long list of sweets that should be avoided to keep your braces away from being broken. 

Here are some of the desserts that should be avoided to keep your brackets safe. One of these sweets contains hard caramel. Caramel can stick between your teeth and the braces which will make their removal very hard which leads to spots and decay development.

Moreover, gummies can also stick to your braces and your teeth and cause the same symptoms as caramel. Also, hard candies are unsafe and might risk breaking your brackets, and while putting on braces your teeth will be very sensitive especially when you try to break candies down.


Conclusion


In this brief guide, we will discuss the following question, “can you eat treats with braces?”, and other queries related to this topic.


References

https://smiledoctors.com/smile-files/candy-with-braces/
https://www.verywellhealth.com/can-i-eat-candy-with-braces-1059334

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.