While Halloween is the holiday known the most for its candy, the Christmas season also presents hazards to braces-wearers. Knowing what is safe to eat and what to avoid can save patients (and their parents) the hassle of an emergency visit during the already hectic holiday season.
What to Avoid:
Candy Canes, Ribbon Candy, Peanut Brittle and Taffy
No candy is more iconic to Christmas than the candy cane. While delicious and festive with its enticing red and white striping, candy canes are hard and sticky which could result in the loss of brackets, the breaking of wires and the potential of pulling wires free from brackets. Ribbon candy is thinner than candy canes, but it is still considered in the hard and sticky family of candies and should be avoided to prevent breaking brackets and wires, and peanut brittle should be avoided at all costs due to being exceptionally hard and full of hidden peanuts which can result in unexpected damage to braces. Saltwater Taffy is a common treat around the holidays, but due to its extremely sticky texture, it is not a good choice as it can pull wires and brackets loose from teeth, and not to mention its just a challenge to eat!
You Can Still Enjoy:
The good news is, while hard and sticky Christmas candies are not good for patients in braces, there are plenty of other holiday treats that are a good choice! Soft Christmas cookies, pies and chocolate candies are all safe options for those in braces. Holiday dinners are almost always full of safe options as well, so patients can feel free to eat as much turkey, ham, stuffing, green bean casserole and cranberry sauce as they desire!
Remember, if something breaks on your braces over this holiday season, there is no reason to panic as there are very few true orthodontic emergencies. Call your orthodontist if you experience a problem and they can get you scheduled within an appropriate time frame to come in for a repair.
We at Walker Dixon Orthodontics want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!