Sweet Challenge


Jadon Reyna, Staff Writer

It’s important to watch what you eat when you have braces. The primary reason is that certain foods can cause damage to your teeth or braces. Acidic treats can cause damage to the enamel on your teeth, and hard or sticky foods can get stuck in your brackets or cause one to loosen. 

What candy can you not eat with braces 

avoid the harmful ones and stick to the not-so-sticky ones! The good news is that, while in braces, there are many types of candy you can enjoy, while just avoiding the select harmful ones. Gooey, hard, sticky, and chewy candies can get stuck in your brackets or even pop one off! Be careful not to get fooled by sneaky candy like M&Ms! You might think the soft chocolate is safe, but the outer hard shell can easily damage your brackets or the enamel that protects your teeth from cavities. 

Here are some of the candies that are definitely off-limits for braces:

  • Taffy 
  • Starburst 
  • Skittles 
  • Gum 
  • Hard candies 

What type of candy can you eat with braces 

There are still plenty of candies and treats you can eat while wearing braces!

These are the soft, non-stick candies that won’t get stuck in brackets 

The options are: 

  • Three Musketeers 
  • Peanut butter cups 
  • Kit Kat Bars 
  • Peppermint Patties 

Remember, when determining whether a certain candy or treat is safe to eat while in braces, ask yourself, “Will this get stuck in my braces or loosen a bracket?