7/22/22: Updated Content: Added instagram/TikTok video of candies you can eat with braces.

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.

Can I Eat Candy with Braces on?

Chocolate with Braces

In most cases having a sweet treat once in a while is okay, but before eating sweets, it important to understand which candies are safe for your braces and which ones you need to avoid at all costs that can damage your braces. With this knowledge, you will be able to keep your teeth and gums healthier and have a more successful orthodontic treatment period.

These Candies are the Best to Eat with Braces

Not all sweets are off the table when it comes to wearing braces. You can enjoy these candies without worrying about damaging your braces:

  • Soft chocolates – Stick with plain chocolate bars or candies such a Hershey Kisses and avoid chocolate with nuts or caramel.
  • Peanut butter cups – These tasty classic treats are also safe for your braces.
  • Chewy cookies/brownies – Soft cookies and brownies are other sweet treats that you can enjoy without harming your braces.

Brownies and Cookies

Avoid Eating These Candies with Braces on at all Costs

Certain kinds of candy that can damage your braces and then cause you to require more dental services include:

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 BearsGummy 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.

Sour Patch Kids and Mike Ike’s: These candies are very sticky and chewy, making them one of the worst candies to eat with braces. Each time you chew, these candies will stick to your braces, pulling at them which can lead to issues such as broken brackets.

Chewing Gum: This is another sticky option that requires constant chewing. Just like other chewy candies like caramels or sour patch kids, each chewing stroke when you are chewing gum will pull at your braces leading to damage like a broken brace or bracket.

Alternatives to Candy

Yogurt with bracesWhen 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. Here are some braces-friendly alternative to candy to help you satisfy your sweet tooth:

  • Yogurt with blueberries or raspberries
  • Smoothies
  • Almond or Cashew butter
  • Thinly-sliced Apples
  • Blackberries

Questions about Your Orthodontic Treatment? Call us Today!

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.