Can You Eat M&Ms With Braces?
Posted on 08/06/2018

Can You Eat M&Ms With Braces?

If you are new to wearing braces and an intense hankering for sugar comes along, what sort of sweet treats can you safely eat? While you might be tempted to sink your bracket-covered teeth into a gooey, chewy piece of candy, or perhaps indulge yourself with a tasty lollipop, think again!

Understanding why and how eating certain types of candy will negatively affect your braces and your oral health is crucial for successful orthodontic treatment. Additionally, for those of you with an intense sweet tooth, discovering braces-friendly types of candy, such as M&Ms will help you satisfy your sugar craving without any risk or regret!

What Happens When You Eat Certain Candies With Braces

When you bite into a hard or sticky piece of candy without braces, your tooth is put under a great deal of stress by the force it takes to break down and chew that piece of candy. With the addition of braces on your teeth, biting into a hard piece of candy will put an immense amount of force onto the bracket, archwire, or band attachment, along with the tooth.

More often than not, the bracket or band will fall victim to the force it takes to eat the candy, and they will break or pop off. When a bracket or band becomes loose, your orthodontic treatment comes to a halt until you are able to see your orthodontist and have the problem repaired. For most patients, a loose band or bracket will set their treatment back one to two months!

M&M’s: A Braces-Friendly Candy Alternative

If you are a die-hard chocolate lover and you have braces, you’re in luck! Soft pieces of milk-chocolate with easy-to-eat ingredients are by far the safest of all candies. Candies such as M&M’s are a great, braces-friendly alternative to chewy or hard candies. With a semi-hard candy shell and a soft milk chocolate interior, M&M’s are one of the few types of braces-friendly candies out there that braces wearers can safely enjoy at all times!

In addition to plain M&M’s, those who have braces can also enjoy M&M’s Peanut Butter, M&M’s Dark Chocolate, and M&M’s Dark Mint...but make sure to avoid M&M’s with nuts, as hard peanuts or almonds can damage your braces. Additionally, due to the small size of M&M’s, you’ll be able to cut back on your all-at-once sugar intake, thus making your braces and teeth much easier to clean afterward!

Your DeWitt & Lansing, MI Orthodontic Experts: West Orthodontics

At West Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on providing individualized orthodontic treatment in and around Lansing, Meridian Township, and DeWitt, MI. With over 20 years of orthodontic expertise, Dr. Kristine S. West and her team specialize in providing Michiganders of all ages with state-of-the-art orthodontic treatments, helping them get the beautiful smiles they deserve! With affordable and flexible orthodontic plans and high-quality oral services, West Orthodontics is the premier orthodontic practice in central Michigan!

Contact West Orthodontics Today For More Tips On Braces-Friendly Candy!

At West Orthodontics, our highly experienced orthodontic team knows the importance of keeping your braces safe and maintaining good oral hygiene. Understanding the types of candy you can safely consume (and which candy you need to stay away from) is crucial to ensuring that your braces are functioning properly and that your teeth are staying happy and healthy!

For more information on braces-friendly candy similar to M&M’s, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today! Additionally, don’t forget to schedule an orthodontic appointment at West Orthodontics to ensure that your braces are on the right track!

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