For young kids – and all of us adults who are young at heart – Halloween is an opportunity to indulge guilt-free in our favourite treats without worrying about calories or sugar content. But if you’re the parent of a child with braces, you’ll need to keep a careful eye out on what treats are in your child’s trick-or-treat bag.
Candy apples, caramels, blow pops, tootsie rolls, and other Halloween candy favourites can turn into a huge mess for kids with braces. All those sweet, sticky, and hard sour candies can get stuck between the teeth and braces, or worse, pop a bracket off all together! Unfortunately, this means that chewy candies, hard candies, and homemade treats like popcorn balls are off-limits.
As any parent knows, trying to limit a kid’s Halloween candy indulgence can be pretty difficult. At Docbraces, many of our orthodontists are also parents, so we certainly have some first-hand experience when it comes to navigating this tricky problem. Our solution: focus on what kids can have rather than focusing on what they can’t eat.
Here’s how you can help your child enjoy trick-or-treating and avoid any emergency trips to the orthodontist. Continue reading “Halloween & Braces: What Parents Need to Know”
No matter how old (or young) you may be, the best part of Halloween is getting to indulge in all the candy and treats that are normally “off limits” during the year. Enjoying Halloween candy with braces, however, could be challenging, biting into a candied apple or a toffee candy bar could result in a sticky, unpleasant mess. Every year, we treat patients for candy-related emergencies, like popped wires or broken brackets. As anyone who’s found themselves in a similar sticky mess will tell you, Halloween is not the time for an orthodontic emergency!
Candy corn, Starbursts, skittles, Tootsie Rolls, licorice and Snickers candy bars can all spell disaster for your Halloween plans. Can you still get your candy fix without damaging your braces or bending a wire? Absolutely! Just stick to this list of what to eat – and not to eat – to have a fun and disaster-free Halloween. Continue reading “A Sticky Mess? How to Enjoy Halloween Candy with Braces”
Did your teen head back to school with braces this year? If so, you may already be hearing complaints from your teen about how frustrating and embarrassing it is when food gets stuck in their braces during the school day.
Keeping braces clean while on the go can be a huge challenge, especially if your teen doesn’t have the right hygiene tools or understand proper cleaning technique. Sure, teens don’t want to lug around a superstore’s worth of oral hygiene products. It’s uncool and downright awkward. Here’s the good news: a small “go kit” can hold all the essentials your teen needs for a quick cleaning at school without risking social embarrassment. Continue reading “Keeping Braces Clean: What Parents (and Teens) Need to Know”
If you’re considering Invisalign or another treatment process, the length of treatment is an important decision making factor. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just snap our fingers and achieve our dream smile? Unfortunately, like most great things in life, we need to be patient and put in the necessary work in order to achieve our goal, but how long will Invisalign take? Several factors impact the length of Invisalign treatment including your individual alignment needs and how regularly you wear your aligners. Continue reading “How Long Will Invisalign Take?”