Happy Halloween – foods that are safe to eat with braces

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Welcome back to Straight Talk the Kruse Orthodontics blog page. I thought with Halloween just around the corner this would be a great time to talk about the foods and candies that fill up your Halloween bags. Halloween is a fun time for patients and parents alike, especially if care is taken to stay away from things that can damage braces or expanders. Please keep in mind this is a generalized listing of items and anything similar should also be avoided.

The number one thing to remember is:  you can still enjoy your candy from Halloween, you just have to avoid the things that are too hard or sticky/chewy. You can always trade candies with friends or family.

Examples of candies that are too hard: peppermints, jolly ranchers, butterscotch disks, suckers, tootsie pops, etc. If the candy cracks when you bite it, it is too hard.

Examples of candies that are too sticky/chewy: GUM (regardless of what your friends say), caramel, taffy, gummy snacks, etc. If the candy is sticky enough to stick to your teeth, then it is sticky enough to pull things off.

Remember, caramel apples fall under the sticky food category and candied apples will fall under the hard food category so both should be avoided.

That still leave countless varieties of candy to enjoy after your run through the neighborhood. It is also sometimes fun to freeze any candy that is too hard or sticky/chewy until the braces or expanders are removed. Then, the frozen goodies can then be thawed out and enjoyed.

Please remember to brush thoroughly after enjoying your trick or treating adventure.

Have a safe and enjoyable Halloween.  See you soon.


Welcome to Straight Talk


Welcome to Straight Talk the blog page of Kruse Orthodontics. My name is Marty and some of you may know me as one of the assistants you see when you come to your appointment. The first topic of discussion is BRACES. After all, that is why we are all here. Most patients start orthodontic treatment with a vague understanding of braces. Hopefully, this post will give KruseOrtho patients a better understanding of braces and what the actual components are.

Brackets – these are the small metal (or ceramic) pieces that are attached to the teeth with orthodontic glue. This is the handle that allows tooth movement. At KruseOrtho, we use Damon brackets. You can get more information on this type of bracket by visiting www.damonbraces.com .
Bands – sometimes, small rings are placed around teeth instead of brackets on teeth. They also serve as a handle. Usually, bands are cemented because better anchorage is required for an appliance attachment or a bracket just will not stick to the tooth surface.
Arch wires – these are the wires that run through all the brackets of either the upper or lower set (arch) of teeth. The wires are actually what move the teeth.line them up. At KruseOrtho we use wires that apply light continuous forces so treatment is slow and steady and usually quite comfortable.
Ormolasts (colors)- these are small colored rubber bands that go around individual brackets to allow the patient to personalize their braces. Damon brackets do not require ormolasts and in fact, the clear Damon brackets do not allow for placement of ormolasts, so if you want colors make sure to request metal braces.
Elastics – these are the dreaded rubber bands. Elastics are used to make the top and bottom teeth fit together properly. Rubber bands stretch from the top to the bottom arch and the patient is given detailed instructions on how to wear them.
This is a brief description of braces. Future blogs will provide information about expanders, Herbst/Forsus appliances, TADS, retainers, and a host of other topics. If you have any suggestions for future topics, please send them to marty@kruseortho.com. Please visit the KruseOrtho blog page frequently.
Thanks, Marty