Braces are the natural enemy of candy eaters, primarily because when you’ve got a mouthful of metal, you’re not supposed to have a mouthful of candy, too. Many is a parent who has endured an expensive trip to the orthodontist to repair or replace various bits of mouth hardware which fell awry of a Skittles.
The Raising a Healthy Family website has developed a list of thirty foods which your orthodontist hates. Of course the article should be about thirty things he loves, because all those repairs have got to be helping to plump up the old bank balance. Not surprisingly, twenty one of the items listed are candy. All the old favorites are on the “no go” list, including Starburst, Twizzlers, gummy bears and of course Tootsie Rolls. So what is a teenage Candy Addict supposed to eat, given this enormous list of things which are not allowed?
As long as you steer clear of the really sticky and chewy candies out there, I think you can get away with quite a bit. Pixy Stix were not on that list, nor was basic chocolate (hooray!) and some of the hard candies can probably be sucked rather than bitten and still be okay. As long as you’re brushing vigorously afterwards, I think you can probably hide most candy eating sins.
At Candy Addict we love our pearly whites a lot – more, in fact, than most people, since it’s healthy teeth which enable us to KEEP eating the candy we love. Like anything, use your best judgment, and don’t do like my 7th grade best friend did. She used to squish pieces of candy (like Now and Laters, or half a Tic Tac) on her braces as a sort of cap on broken/loose wires so that they didn’t dig into her mouth or gums. She would then happily continue eating her usual array of sticky snacks until the patches “wore out” or she got tired of replacing them. Not really a recommended dental plan… but she always had fresh breath!
- Raising a Healthy Family: List of 30 foods your orthodontist hates