Halloween Fun With Braces
We cannot believe that Halloween is here! We know it can be challenging for some of our patients receiving orthodontic care to enjoy Halloween the same way they have other years. It is important to remember that wearing braces and other hardware is just temporary, and for many, all of the restrictions that may be in place now will be over by next Halloween. The good news is, there is plenty to eat and enjoy this Halloween even while wearing an expander, braces, or other orthodontic hardware. Read on to learn more.
We know that many of our patients love Halloween, and we enjoy hearing about costume ideas and parties that will be happening this month. We also know there is an abundance of sweets, candy, and other goodies that may be delicious but can harm your treatment progress.
With all of the fun you may have this month, it is important to remember the restrictions and guidelines we explained at the start of your treatment. Failure to listen to us can lead to serious complications with your orthodontic treatment. Your orthodontic hardware is fragile and can break easily. Not only does this affect your treatment plan, but it can also damage the inside of your mouth.
Foods to Avoid
If you have any questions about foods that you should be avoiding while receiving orthodontic treatment, we are happy to help. As a general rule it is best to avoid:
- Chewing gum
- Hard candy
- Candy corn
- Caramel or candy apples
- Chewy candy
Alternatives to Enjoy
It may seem like there are no food options left to enjoy, but we assure you that there are plenty of options you can still enjoy this Halloween. We suggest sticking with chocolate candy. It melts in your mouth and will not become stuck or trapped in your hardware. If you want to enjoy a candy bar, we suggest breaking it into bite-sized pieces instead of biting it.
If you experience any complications with your orthodontic treatment this month be sure to contact our office, which is located in Southfield, MI, as soon as possible so we can see you and repair the issue. We hope you have the best Halloween and look forward to seeing you soon!