Love candy? You probably will admit to eating some sugary sweets at times. When you get braces, though, you can’t eat everything that you’d like, including some types of candy.
That’s because candy can be both hard and sticky – two things that you should avoid when you’re wearing braces. Since the sticky sugar coats every surface of the tooth, it makes your teeth difficult to clean, and it’s even more difficult when you have braces on, with the brackets and bands being in the way of a good brushing.
Dental Care During Orthodontic Services
Certain kinds of candy that can damage your braces and then cause you to require more dental services includes:
- Caramel: Caramel is sugary and sticky, and adheres to the teeth. It also adheres to braces and is difficult to simply brush off. That means that as it mixes with the saliva in your mouth, it will form plaque and possibly tartar, unless you go to your dentist at least every six months for a cleaning.
- Gummy Bears and Tootsie Rolls, Salt Water Taffy: If you have braces, definitely stay away from this kind of candy! It’s stretchy and sticky, and you can easily pull off your brackets when eating them.
- Skittles and M & Ms: These candies are too hard to be chewing when you have braces. You’ll likely end up with broken brackets and damaged wires if you eat too many. It’s best to stay away.
Also, remember that when you wear braces, you should try to eliminate a lot of candy from your diet–not only because you don’t want to damage your braces and possibly upset your orthodontic services, but also because most candy tends to be made from a lot of sugar. The more sugar that you consume, either through eating or drinking, will cause more plaque to form on your teeth. If you don’t brush that plaque away (and it can be difficult to brush the plaque completely off when you are wearing braces), it will turn into tartar, which can cause problems that include cavities and gum disease.
If you have any questions about what you should or should not eat while wearing braces, give King Orthodontics a call. We’re happy to help, and if you should run into some trouble after eating sweets, we can fix any problems.