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5 Sweets & Candy to Avoid While You Have Braces

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Most of us need a sugar fix every now and then, and we usually get it with a candy bar or other type of not-so-healthy candy. But once you get braces, you'll have to find a new way to get your sugar fix. Here are a few types of sweets that you'll have to avoid when you have braces:

  1. Gum – Gum is very sticky and can be stringy. It is much easier than you think for the gum to get tangled around and in your braces – almost like fishing net. It isn't easy to try to “fish” that gum out of your braces without being noticed.
  2. Chewy/Gooey Candy – Caramel is probably the most common candy that falls into this category. It is going to stick to the wires and the metal brackets of your braces, which will make it appear as though it's been weeks since you've brushed your teeth. It can also cause your wires to pull out from the metal brackets, which would require a visit to your orthodontist immediately.
  3. Hard Candy – While hard candy is sticky or gooey, it isn't good for your teeth or your braces. You may say you're only going to suck on the candy, but you're going to bite down on it sooner or later. This can result in your braces snapping or little pieces of the candy getting stuck in between your teeth and the metal brackets.
  4. Taffy – Taffy is similar to caramel and the chewy candies mentioned above. It will cause more damage than you could ever imagine to your braces. It will dent the brackets and cause the wires to come unattached.
  5. Lollipops – Not even one. Sorry. You can't have hard candy, and that means hard candy on a stick too.

If you aren't sure whether you can or can't eat something, give your orthodontist a call. It's always better to be safe now than sorry later.