Em‘brace’ These Easter Treats

Your Guide to Easter Basket Goodies That Won’t Harm Braces

easter candyLet’s be honest — the Easter bunny doesn’t always have teeth and braces in mind when filling baskets with special holiday sweets. As your Boston-area orthodontists, the ARCH Orthodontics team is here to help you with tips on what candies to give your kids that won’t do serious damage to their braces.

Unfortunately some of the most popular Easter items are ooey gooey, caramel-filled, and sticky sweet. They can get trapped in braces and possibly lead to tooth decay. But there’s no reason to worry! There are plenty of treats kids can still enjoy.

But before we get to the good stuff, let’s go over what to avoid. Here are some items your ARCH Orthodontists hope you’ll steer clear of this Easter (and rest of the year):

  • Jelly beans
  • Caramel
  • Taffy
  • Gummy candy
  • Hard candy
  • Gum
  • Chocolate with nuts

By keeping these candies away from kids, they’ll avoid breaking brackets and bending wires.

A Sweet Alternative

Kids (with or without braces) don’t have to avoid candy or sweets altogether! There are some better options that, with proper brushing, can make for a more braces-friendly basket.

  • M&M candies without nuts
  • Baked goods like cookies or cupcakes
  • Rice crispy treats
  • Chocolate bunnies
  • Soft chocolates like peanut butter cups

Damaged braces or appliances can increase treatment time, cavities, and stains on teeth — and no one wants that! Make sure to always keep your braces and your smile in tip-top shape.

A Healthier Foundation For Fun

There are some fun alternatives to a candy-filled Easter basket that can be fun for your kiddos too! Try creating a themed basket based on their favorite hobby such as gardening complete with seed packets and digging-in-the-dirt tools, or art with paper and colored pencils or paints. You can also balance the yummy sweets with non-edible treats like games or gift cards.

The entire ARCH Orthodontics team wishes you and your family a very happy Easter! If you have any questions about what kinds of foods can harm braces, please don’t ever hesitate to call one of our nine convenient locations throughout the greater Boston area. We’re always happy to help!

Visit our offices in Bridgewater, Brockton, Randolph, Canton, Westwood, Orleans, Hyannis, Hyde Park, and Stoughton.

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