With just a couple of days until the Easter break, many of you will be winding down and preparing for a relaxing bank holiday weekend. Easter is traditionally a time for socialising with family and friends, and, like many family celebrations, it generally involves food!
A classic Easter feast usually involves boiled eggs for breakfast and a bumper roast lunch with seasonal vegetables. However, Easter is generally better known for its associated sweet treats. After all, what would Easter be without a visit from the Easter bunny?!
If this is the first Easter during your teeth realignment treatment, you may be wondering what you will and will not be able to eat. Many sweet treats can be problematic for brace wearers, and some are best avoided all together. If you are wearing a removable appliance such as Invisalign or a Six Months Smiles retainer, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue for you: just remember to remove your retainer before you eat, and to brush your teeth as soon as possible after a sweet treat.
Fixed appliances and Easter treats can be more problematic. Here’s what you need to know to navigate the holiday:
- As chocolate is soft, its actually a relatively good treat for brace wearers. Make sure to avoid chocolate with added nuts, raisins or caramel.
- Too much sugar is bad news for braces. If you will be making your own baked Easter goods, try experimenting with low sugar recipes.
- Some well-loved Easter sweeties could actually put your braces at risk of damage. Mini eggs with hard shells, jelly beans and caramels can all damage your braces.
- Keep in mind that some sweet treats are liable to get stuck in your braces. Things like marzipan and marshmallows may seem harmless, but they can be very difficult to get out from around brackets and underneath wires.
With a bit of careful thought, Easter can still be a delightfully tasty time for brace wearers! Need more ideas? There are some great brace-friendly Easter basket ideas here.