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If you have braces and a sweet tooth, times may be tough. However, there is no real reason to fret. It’s true that some treats cannot be enjoyed with braces, but there are many sweet treats and snacks that are safe for you to enjoy. Our orthodontist and team can go over treats to avoid and safe treats when wearing braces in Lakeville, Minnesota.

Treats to Avoid
When shopping for sweets, avoid those that are hard, chewy or sticky. Some specific treats to avoid include licorice, caramel, gum, suckers, taffy and hard pretzels. These snacks could bend or break your brackets and wires.

Safe Treats
We suggest that you stick to safe snacks, like soft foods. Chocolate, peanut butter, milkshakes, ice cream, and gelatin-based candies are all safe and tasty choices. If you want a healthier sweet snack, consider fruit. Berries like strawberries and raspberries are great choices, as they are soft. Hard fruits like apples should be cut into thin slices. After you consume something sugary and sweet, be sure to rinse out your mouth with water or brush your teeth. This can help protect both your teeth and your braces.

If you have any questions or would like further tips, ask our Orthodontic Specialists, P.A. team. Contact our office at 952-469-6760 today to learn more and to schedule a visit with Dr. Joseph Basile.