Trick-or-treat! In the spirit of this sweet and spooky holiday, Dr. David Taylor and his team at A Perfect Smile Orthodontics, have some sweet tips for you on your Holiday treats.
Here’s the lowdown — the Good, the Bad and the Ugly lowdown.
While our highest recommendation would be no sugar at all, we realize that this might be a little unrealistic. So, to not be a downer on this fun holiday, here’s what we suggest.
The Good (or at least not so bad):
Dark chocolate, peanut butter cups and other soft chocolate bars such as milky way or twix are probably going to be easiest on your braces and the after-indulging clean-up. So load up on these and have at it. But remember to brush, floss and rinse well afterwards.
The Bad and the Ugly:
Bubblegum, hard candies, chewy candies, caramels, taffy, nutty bars or candies, jelly beans, licorice, tootsie rolls and suckers can wreak havoc on braces. They can damage teeth and even break your braces, as well as possibly prolonging your treatment time.
If you are using Invisalign(r) invisible braces, this type of candy can still get stuck in your teeth and even if you brush after eating it, you might now be able to get it all out and it can get trapped under the aligners when you put them back in. Not a pretty scene.
We hope this is helpful to you. All of us at A Perfect Smile Orthodontics would like to wish you and your family a happy, safe and healthy Halloween!