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

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

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 treat choices. If you want a healthier sweet treat, fruit may be just the thing. 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, ask our Bradshaw & Hathaway team. Contact our office at 423-929-1126 today for more information and to set up an appointment with Dr. Daniel Bradshaw. We are more than happy to help in any way that we can!