It’s that time of year when you’re faced with all varieties of candies and treats packaged in fun sizes and Halloween colors. For us, it’s the time of year when we see an increase in emergency office visits to repair loose brackets and broken arch wires that have fallen victim to sticky, chewy and hard candies.
This Halloween, please remember to go for soft candies and treats, such as chocolate, peanut butter cups and home-baked cookies. Apples and other crunchy fruits and vegetables also are great snacks, provided you cut them into bite-sized pieces.
We recommend that you avoid sticky candies such as taffy, caramel and gummies. These are notorious for slipping between arch wires and teeth, and causing brackets to become loose or fall off.
And remember: brush your teeth after indulging in sweet treats this Halloween. Just like broken or loose appliances, a cavity can set your treatment back. You want to get your braces off on time, right?
We hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!