Brace Yourself for Halloween!

As we all know, Halloween is not only a festival full of costumes, make-believe, parties and music– it’s frequently a free-for-all in which kids eat more candy than they will all year. For kids with braces, this candy extravaganza can get little more complicated (we see caramel apple casualties every year!), requiring a special, braces-friendly approach to the holiday.

At Copper Creek Orthodontics, we know that kids have to be kids, and enjoying Halloween— and its treats– is an important part of every young person’s fall season. Here are some of our pro tips for orthodontic patients over Halloween!

Be careful with your bite

When it comes to orthodontic equipment, not all treats are created equal. In fact, there are some that orthodontic patients should strictly avoid:

  • Hard candy
  • Taffy
  • Caramel
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Jelly beans and other chewy candies
  • Gum

These are the big culprits of orthodontic misadventures every Halloween. Avoiding these treats over the Halloween holiday may be hard, but there are ways to make it work; for instance, if you usually bake nuts into your brownies, choose to make a batch without nuts instead. Or, rather than caramel apples, choose apple slices and dip them in yogurt or chocolate sauce for an autumnal treat!

Play it safe in holiday games!

Both children and adults frequently enjoy the tradition of Halloween costume parties, complete with multiple renditions of Thriller, and various traditional Halloween games. Having braces doesn’t mean you have to sit home – just choose your activities more carefully. Some games you may want to avoid:

  • Bobbing for apples: challenging to both your bite and your immune system, this traditional holiday sport should be skipped while wearing braces.
  • Anything requiring a blindfold: pin-the-tail-on-the-goblin or busting open the spooky pinata with a bat are games you may want to be cautious of. Because your vision is compromised, the chances of a face-to-face encounter with a wall, floor, or a bat, are way higher– and so is the cost of your oral equipment!

And the same holds true for the big night itself

Trick-or-treating, the grand finale of Halloween, should never be avoided due to orthodontics. Copper Creek Orthodontics simply suggests using extra caution. Traditionally, trick-or-treating is an after-dark activity, and the participants are often hampered by an unusual outfit. Tripping, falling, and facial injuries are more likely to occur with both of these elements in place, and we don’t want to see any damage to your braces or your mouth that would require longer treatment time or costly repairs!

Brush! Brush! Brush!

Finally, our last tip for braces-wearing Halloweeners is to remember to brush– no doubt some special treats will be eaten, a late night may be had, and because of this proper oral hygiene is even more critical for orthodontic patients. Don’t forget to floss too!

And… have a great time!

From all of us at Copper Creek Orthontics, we wish you a fun and safe Halloween! If you have a costume already, please wear it to your October appointment at our Tillamook or Lents, OR Orthodontist office  locations.

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