Candy can be a big part of holiday traditions. Candy also has a reputation for being tough on your teeth and braces. Is some candy worse than others? Here’s what you need to know about the best and worst Easter candy for braces.

Candy to Avoid

When discussing the best and worst Easter candy for braces, sometimes the easiest place to start is to talk about which candy you should avoid.

In general, candies to avoid when you have braces are any that are sticky, chewy, crunchy, hard, or that you would need to bite directly into with your front teeth. Examples include caramels, candy with nuts, gum, and thick chocolate bars.

Better Candy Choices

Safer candy choices for those with braces are candies that are soft (but not sticky or chewy), candies that melt in your mouth, and sugar-free candies. Chocolate can be a safe option if it is broken into smaller pieces because chocolate tends to melt easily in your mouth as you eat it. Hard candies can also be safe as long as you are careful to suck on them until they dissolve completely instead of chewing them.

Healthy Alternatives

If you want to find something healthier than candy to enjoy in celebration of the holiday, then there are plenty of creative and delicious alternatives to choose from. Baked goods can be a healthier and safer option. Fresh fruit bouquets can also be a great option to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Just make sure that whatever you choose doesn’t contain hard nuts or require biting directly into it with your braces if it’s hard or chewy (such as with a whole apple, peanut butter brittle, or chewy bagel).

Ask Your Orthodontist

When you’re searching for the best and worst Easter candy for braces, the best thing you can do is to ask your orthodontist. When in doubt, it’s always best to be on the safe side and your orthodontist’s office is only a phone call away. They will be happy to answer any questions you have to help you keep your teeth and braces in top shape while also helping you figure out fun and safe ways to enjoy holiday traditions.

Call our Roswell, Artesia or Ruidoso dental offices, to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.