Many treats can cause havoc for trick-or-treaters with braces, clear aligners or other orthodontic appliances. These treats can potentially cause damage that may prolong treatment. This is why the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has teamed up with Pam Waterman, author of The Braces Cookbook, to bring orthodontic-friendly recipes and treats for trick-or-treaters who are undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Ortho-Friendly Treats: In general, orthodontic patients should look for foods that are soft and easy to chew.

  • Soft, melt-in-your-mouth chocolates
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Milk shakes
  • Gelatin
  • Peeled, thinly sliced apples
  • Ice cream

Treats to Avoid: In general, orthodontic patients should avoid treats that are sticky, hard, chewy or crunchy

  • Caramel
  • Nuts (including candies that contain nuts)
  • Licorice, jelly beans or taffy
  • Hard pretzels
  • Bubblegum
  • Candy corn
  • Lollipops
  • Popcorn (including unpopped kernels)
  • Taco chips
  • Ice

Learn about which treats are orthodontic-friendly and which ones should be avoided. More information for trick-or-treaters, including orthodontic-friendly recipes from the AAO, is available at www.braces.org.

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