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If you are investing in orthodontic treatment to achieve a straighter smile, it is very important to do everything you can to keep your appliance in tip-top shape. Braces may seem strong, but they are also more fragile than you might think, and there are certain candies and treats we strongly advise that you avoid while you are aligning your smile. Three candies and treats we advise you stay away from while wearing braces include the following:

Caramel

Because caramel is so sticky, it is harmful to your appliance as well as for your smile. When you eat caramel, the product sticks to your teeth, gums, and braces and it is extremely difficult to remove. Now, because this treat is so difficult to clean, it’s nearly impossible to remove every bit from your smile, therefore causing tooth decay. Dental cavities are a serious problem in the world today, and we need you to avoid them at all costs.

Salt Water Taffy

Salt water taffy is also extremely sticky, which is why it is so harmful to your appliance and oral health. Just like caramel, salt water taffy can break your orthodontic brackets and it can create tooth decay by clinging to your teeth for a long period of time. Please be sure to stay away from salt water taffy during your treatment time in braces.

Popcorn

The kernels in the popcorn are what make the treat so harmful. When you eat the popcorn, the kernels tend to lodge themselves between the brackets and teeth, causing major discomfort and additional complications. The kernels can also damage the appliance by breaking the brackets off of your teeth. These are the reasons why we ask you to avoid eating popcorn.

We appreciate your efforts to stay away from these foods as much as possible. We want to help you have a successful smile alignment with healthy teeth in the process. If you have any problems with your braces or if you have a question for our experienced team, please call Dieguez Smiles today at 205-980-4744 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Bertha Dieguez. We are always ready to help you have a successful orthodontic journey!