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The Harmful Treats to Avoid When You're Aligning Your Smile With Braces

Posted January 16, 2017

As you straighten your teeth, it's very important to take good care of your braces. If you don’t, your treatment could be delayed, which means it will take you longer to achieve your final smile. So, it’s best to take good care of your appliance, and one way to do so is to avoid eating the harmful treats that can damage your brackets, wires, and bands. Those treats are:


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 will be vulnerable to tooth decay, and cavities are a huge dental problem you want to avoid at all costs.

Saltwater Taffy

Saltwater 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 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 about the treats to avoid when you have braces in Santa Cruz, California, please feel free to call us at 831-459-9802 and talk to our caring dental team. We are here to help you in any way we can and your dentist, Dr. Brent Porter, is happy to help you understand the reasoning behind these suggestions. We look forward to talking to you!

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