Halloween is quickly approaching, and let’s be honest: we’ve all snuck into the bag of goodies brought home by our children. The good news is that if you’re considering orthodontic treatment, Invisalign will allow you to enjoy tasty treats without fear of damaging your braces.
Invisalign is more convenient than braces in general. Brace wearers must adhere to a strict diet in order to prevent brackets and wires from becoming damaged. Hard or sticky candy, for example, is prohibited for people who wear braces – but not with Invisalign!
Hard, sticky candy, nuts, and whole apples are all off-limits if you have braces. Metal braces that have been damaged must be repaired. Orthodontists all over the world report that the week following Halloween is one of the busiest weeks for emergencies.
However, because you can remove your aligners before eating, there are no appliances to break with Invisalign. Remove your aligners, eat as much as you can, and replace your aligners!
We must exercise caution when it comes to commonly reported dental problems caused by Halloween candy, such as tooth decay, chipped or broken teeth, and damage to previous dental work such as fillings and crowns.
If you have braces, keep the following general guidelines in mind as you enjoy your Halloween candy:
- Sweets that are sticky, chewy, crunchy, or very hard should be avoided. These candies include Jolly Ranchers, Starburst, Tootsie Pops, and taffy. These treats have the potential to pull out an existing filling or even break a tooth.
- Try not to bite down on lollipops; in fact, if at all possible, avoid them. Lollipops and other popular hard candies that you chew for an extended period of time soak your teeth in sugar. Sucking on these hard candies can quickly result in tooth decay. And, as the Tootsie Pop owl knows, you’ll bite into them…and break things!
After you’ve finished your Halloween treats, brush and floss your teeth. Additionally, please brush and rinse your Invisalign aligners.
Here are a few of the reasons why Invisalign is the preferred treatment for candy lovers, especially around Halloween. If you’d like to learn more about how Invisalign can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted, contact Clear Smiles today and schedule your free smile consultation.