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As you align your smile, it is very important that you take good care of your orthodontic appliance, and one of the ways you can do so is to refrain from eating the following treats:

Caramel
Caramel is a candy that does not mix well with braces, especially because it is extremely sticky. When you eat the caramel, it can easily get stuck between your teeth, gums, and brackets, making it very difficult to properly clean your mouth. Therefore, if you can’t clean your smile and eliminate every piece of caramel, your chompers are completely vulnerable to tooth decay, and cavities are a huge dental problem you want to avoid at all costs.

Salt Water Taffy
Salt water taffy is also extremely sticky, which makes it very difficult to clean. If the candy gets stuck in your smile, your chances of developing tooth decay increase and it is very likely that you will alter the condition of your orthodontic appliance. So, it’s best to avoid this candy altogether.

Popcorn
Popcorn is dangerous for your braces because the kernels tend to get stuck in your appliance and cause further complications when you bite down on them. The kernels can also break your brackets, which will delay your treatment time and prevent the shifting of your smile.

We understand that avoiding these treats might be a little bit difficult, especially if they are your favorites. But just remember that you’ll only have your braces for a short amount of time and once your teeth are completely aligned, you can eat whatever you would like!

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more, please feel free to call Quality Orthodontic Care at 770-664-6003 and talk to our caring orthodontic team. We are here to help you in any way we can and Dr. Brett Gluck is happy to help you understand the reasoning behind these suggestions. We look forward to talking to you!