Let’s be honest: while filling Easter baskets with unique seasonal treats, the Easter bunny doesn’t always have teeth and braces in mind. We, the Texas Association of Orthodontists, are here to offer advice on what candy to give your children that will not harm their braces.
Unfortunately, some of the most popular Easter treats are sticky sweet, ooey gooey, and caramel filled. They might become stuck in braces, causing harmful damage to your child’s teeth and braces. But there’s no need to be concerned! There are still plenty of treats for kids to enjoy.
First, let’s go over some of the things you should avoid.
- Gummy candy
- Hard candy
- Chocolate with nuts
A Delectable Alternative
Candy and sweets do not have to be avoided entirely by children (with or without braces). There are several other solutions that, with proper brushing and moderation, can result in a basket that is more braces friendly.
- M&M’s without the nuts
- Cookies and cupcakes or baked goods.
- Rice crispy treats
- Bunnies made of chocolate
- Peanut butter cups and other soft chocolates
- Damaged braces or appliances can lengthen treatment time, cause cavities, and discolor teeth – none of which are desirable.
If for any reason your kid or you end up with a broken bracket, remember to contact your orthodontist as soon as possible to avoid delays on your treatment!.
More fun things to do in Easter
There are a few fun alternatives to a candy-filled Easter basket that your kids will enjoy as well! Make a themed basket for them based on their favorite interest, such as spring gardening with seed packets and digging-in-the-dirt tools, or art with paper and colored pencils or paints. Non-edible items, such as games or gift vouchers, can be used to offset the sweets.
The Orthodontists at the TAO would like to wish you and your family a very happy Easter! Please search our orthodontist directory if you have any inquiries regarding orthodontics for you or your child. We’re always willing to assist!