If the Easter Bunny is headed to your house and your child has braces, you don’t have to turn him away. Just make sure he leaves treats that can be enjoyed without damaging brackets or wires.
What to Leave out of the Basket
The best type of Easter for braces is one without any sugary treats at all, but we know getting candy is a big part of the fun. So as a compromise, we suggest leaving out the candy that can do the most damage to braces. This includes:
- Anything with caramel or nuts
- Jelly beans
- Candy-coated chocolate or malt eggs
Sweets to Include
Luckily, there are many other types of treats you can include that are safe to enjoy with braces. Chocolate without nuts is soft to bite and won’t get as stuck in braces as taffy, caramel, or jelly beans. Reese’s peanut butter cups, Nestle Crunch and 3 Musketeers are all good chocolate options, as are plain chocolate bunnies and eggs. Plain M&Ms are fine too since their candy coating is thinner than the candy-coated eggs that are available only at Easter. Just be sure to brush and floss thoroughly after you indulge to remove any bits of chocolate lingering in your braces.
Homemade goodies, like brownies or cupcakes are also good options. They are soft, and you can even reduce some of the sugar in them by replacing part of the sugar with a different type of sweetener.
Other Fun Items for Easter
Easter baskets don’t have to be filled with candy. We don’t know too many pre-teens or teens who would turn up their noses at an Amazon or iTunes gift card, a new case for their cell phone, fun nail polish or makeup, a video game, or the next book in the series they are reading.
You can also support your child’s hobby with items in their Easter basket. If you have a budding artist in your family, put paintbrushes and paints or a new sketch book and pencils in the basket. For a dog-lover, include a book about teaching your pet tricks, a dog-themed t-shirt, and a gift card to the pet store or for training classes.
If you want to include something in the basket that looks like Easter, fill a few plastic eggs with dollar bills, or five-dollar bills if you’re feeling generous, instead of jelly beans.
Including Easter treats that are safe for braces ensures everyone will enjoy the holiday instead of dealing with a loose bracket or broken wire. Please feel free to call us at (843) 4-BRACES if you have any questions. Happy Easter!