Halloween with Braces Can Still Be Sweet!

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Over 4 million North American kids wear braces, but there's no telling how many of them would love to forget that they wear braces on Halloween. After you've shelled out thousands for your child's orthodontal care though, there's no sense in letting one day make you both lose a whole lot of ground. According to the American Assocation of Orthodontists, "The haunting hours of Halloween can mean big trouble for trick-or-treaters who wear braces."


What to Avoid: "If it's sticky, chewy, hard or crunchy, it's a food that anyone wearing braces or retainers should avoid," says Dr. Raymond George, Sr. DMD, orthodontist and AAO president. I really hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the AAO urges patients to steer clear of these treats:

  • all hard candies
  • all chewy candies
  • caramel
  • nuts
  • licorice
  • taffy
  • jelly beans
  • hard pretzels
  • bubblegum
  • popcorn
  • taco chips
  • ice

Now, before you say why bother with Halloween at all then, you should know that there are some things your goblin can gobble down. For example, plain chocolate candy is okay (of course, he has to brush after) and instead of caramel apples, your kid can have thin apple slices dipped in yogurt or creamy chocolate sauce. The idea is soft, so yes, you can throw some peanut butter cups in their trick-or-treat bag too. Want more acceptable goodies? Definitely check out these awesome recipes from Food Network chef Michael Chiarello which are perfectly fine for your child with braces; they include Black and Orange Bon-Bons and Green Goo Slime Doo! Now what's a Halloween without that?

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