The Worst Halloween Candies for Braces

Worst Halloween Candies For Braces | Las Vegas NV Orthodontist
Posted on 11/08/2018
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Halloween has come and gone, but the most terrifying part of the holiday has yet to come for people with braces. Though ghosts and goblins may have given you a fright, nothing is scarier than the prospect of breaking your braces. As your comprehensive resource for dental and orthodontic treatment in the Las Vegas, NV area, the expert Las Vegas orthodontists at UNLV School of Dental Medicine are here to tell you the worst candies for braces, so you can avoid unnecessary maintenance.

Most Dangerous Candies for Braces

Now that you've acquired a substantial pile of sweets, you'll need to be extra careful. Many popular candies are downright dangerous when it comes to braces, so you'll need to carefully monitor your candy intake and avoid anything that could pose a risk. With that in mind, here are the 5 worst candies to eat with braces – at Halloween or otherwise:

: Sticky, gooey caramel may seem safe enough, but don't let it fool you. Caramel can grab onto brackets, then promptly rip them off your teeth due to its high viscosity. 
Salt Water Taffy: Another candy that can easily break off brackets due to its stickiness and viscosity. Truly a bad combination for braces!
Popcorn: While it may not technically be a candy, popcorn is a major danger for braces wearers. Biting down on an unpopped kernel can break off a bracket, and the thin shells can wedge themselves under archwires or gums. 
Skittles: Skittles are hard when first eaten, which can break brackets, then become sticky as you chew them – which can also break brackets. In both cases, they're dangerous to braces and should be avoided. 
Caramel Apples: Caramel apples may be the worst of all, as the sticky caramel can damage brackets and archwires while the hard apple can easily break off your brackets. 

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We hope this list is helpful to you, but remember that it's anything but inclusive: any candy that's hard, sticky, crunchy, or gooey could be a danger to your braces. Feel free to contact us if you have more questions, or want to schedule a post-holiday checkup at our Las Vegas orthodontic clinic.