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It’s important to do all you can to keep your braces in tip-top shape. However, that means you need to avoid eating the treats that can harm and damage your appliance. Even though this is the case, it would be worth the sacrifice so you can stay on track toward your perfect smile. So, to help you in this endeavor, our Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Jewell Lake orthodontic team encourages you to avoid eating the following three treats:


Sticky candies are the worst products for your braces, which is why we strongly advise against eating caramel. Caramel tends to stick to your teeth and braces when you eat it and it is very difficult to clean. The sticky candy can also alter the condition of your braces by clinging to a bracket and breaking it. If your brackets break, your treatment time will be delayed.

Saltwater Taffy

Saltwater taffy is also extremely sticky, which is why it is so harmful to your appliance and oral health. Just like caramel, saltwater taffy can break your orthodontic brackets and it can create tooth decay by clinging to your teeth for a long period of time. So, we strongly recommend staying away from saltwater taffy.


Popcorn is also very harmful to your smile because of the kernels it has. The kernels tend to become lodged in your teeth and braces, causing major discomfort and additional problems. The kernels can also break the brackets and wires if you are not careful. So, please do not eat popcorn, no matter what flavor it is.

Now that you know eating these treats could severely damage your teeth and braces, please keep from eating them. We care for you and your smile, and we want you to have the best orthodontic experience possible. So, if you have any questions or if you need help with your braces in Barton City, Michigan, please feel free to call Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Jewell Lake today at 989-736-7000 and schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, Dr. Steven Rodriguez and Associates. We are here to help you in any way we can!