Halloween Candy for Braces Wearers

halloween candy for braces wearers

Halloween is around the corner which means lots of Halloween candy! While there are treats that can be enjoyed by braces and retainer wearers there are others that are better off avoided!

Candies that are gummy and chewy can stick to your braces and brackets and be nearly impossible to remove. Gummy and chewy, as well as hard candies can even break brackets and wires. Some key candies you are better off avoiding are gummy bears, caramels, taffy, licorice, bubble gum, candy corn, Jawbreakers, Jolly Ranchers and similar candies.

Often chocolate treats are better choices for those with orthodontic appliances. Peanut butter cups, chocolate candy bars and chocolate covered pretzels are all relatively soft and will be easier on your braces.

If you do eat something that results in a bracket or wire breaking, call us as soon as you can so we can get you into the office to repair the damage. Your treatment is not effective with broken or damaged parts.

Remember all candies contain a lot of sugar. If you do indulge in a treat it is important that you brush and floss your teeth afterwards. While this is important for non-braces wearers also, it is essential for those with braces. You have a lot of extra spaces for sugar and candy to get trapped and cause tooth decay. Brush your teeth and use the flossers made for braces to ensure you remove all the sugar from your teeth.

Do you want to trick or treat with your friends, but skip eating the candy? Reagin Orthodontics will host their annual Halloween Candy Buyback again this year. Watch the our blog and Facebook for details and information about a new surprise for those who participate!

Back to School Tips for Braces Wearers

Back to school items

It is back to school time!

Next week everyone will be headed back to the classroom and for braces, retainer and Invisalign wearers a change in routine takes some additional adjusting to.

Dr. Reagin put together a list of items to make your school days a little easier. All of these items fit easily into a zippered pencil bag or box. Slide that into your locker or bookbag and adjusting to taking care of your braces at school will be a breeze!

Reagin Orthodontics Top Ten Items for Caring for your Braces at School

1- Toothbrush and Toothpaste – It is important that you brush after you eat. Leaving food in your braces is not only unattractive and can cause bad breath, but it can also lead to tooth decay.

2- Flosser – Flossing goes hand-in-hand with brushing. The special flossing tools for braces help to reach where your toothbrush doesn’t.

3- Wax – Sometimes braces and wires rub sore spots on your mouth. Keeping wax with you can help protect the sensitive skin in your mouth.

4- Chapstick – Braces wears often get chapped lips. Using Chapstick regularly will prevent your lips from cracking.

5- Compact Mirror – Sometimes you just can’t make it to the bathroom to check your braces between classes. Having a compact mirror will allow you to take a quick look at your braces and take care of things in a hurry.

6- Elastics/Rubberbands – It is important you wear your rubberbands/elastics exactly how Dr. Reagin tells you too. Not wearing them can cause you to stay in braces longer. Keep extra with you in case one breaks and to replace them out after you eat.

7- Invisalign or Retainer Case – The most common reason for needing a replacement appliance is because a patient accidentally threw one away. Put your retainer or Invisalign in its case at lunch and you won’t mistake it for trash on your lunch tray.

8- Musician’s Lip Protector – This is a must have for anyone that plays an instrument other than percussion or strings! This plastic guard slips over the wires and brackets on the front of your braces to protect your lips from any cuts or discomfort.

9- Mouth guard for Sports Players – Reagin Orthodontics provides each of their patients with a mouth guard. Mouth guards protect the teeth and gums from damage while playing sports. You and Dr. Reagin have put a lot of time into that beautiful smile, mouth guards help to take care of it!

10- Reagin Orthodontics t-shirt! – Okay, so you may not need to wear your Reagin Orthodontics t-shirt to take care of your braces, but Dr. Reagin loves it when you show your office spirit! There is an added bonus too, wear your t-shirt on the day of your appointment and you will get entered in our monthly drawing to win $25 cash!

Each of us hopes you have a wonderful start to the school year!

Braces Friendly Food Ideas For Memorial Day

Do you have a new braces wearer in your family? With Memorial Day this weekend you might be worried about what they are going to eat at the neighborhood cookout. Carrots, pretzels, and caramel brownies are not the best choices for a someone with braces.

At Reagin Orthodontics we recommend you avoid hard, crunchy foods to prevent damage to your braces, but chances are your mouth may be a little tender and you won’t want those foods anyway. Don’t worry, there are lots of delicious options and we’ve created a Pinterest board to help you find something you can take to the cookout that everyone will enjoy!

Here are a few of our favorites!

cranberry chicken wrap

Cranberry Chicken Wrap from MenuMusings.com

pepperoni rolls

Pepperoni Rolls from TheGunnySack.com

watermelon feta salad

Watermelon Feta Salad from FreshFromFlorida.com


Is your mouth watering yet? We have lots of other ideas on our Braces Friendly board on Pinterest. After you gather ideas for your weekend picnic, find inspiration for snacks and dinners all year long or visit  one of our other boards and see some of the fun things that Dr. Reagin’s team have been pinning!