Can You Eat Skittles With Braces?

Skittles Candy

Everyone loves and cherishes the delight brought in by the taste of candy. And when you visualize your favorite candies in the market, Skittles will make it to your list. Why not? This sugary treat rightly deserves the popularity it enjoys.

But wait, if you are on braces, then things might take a different turn for you. You might have to make the difficult choice of taking a short break from your favorite treat. But do you have to do that? Let’s find out. 

What are Skittles made of?

These colorful treats for the taste are produced, marketed, and distributed by the Wrigley Company of Mars inc. These candies come in a wide variety of different fruit flavors and tastes. The product itself is created with a blend of sugar, corn syrup, fruit juice, citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, and some hydrogenated palm kernel oil. Overall, it has a hard shell with the imprints of the letter S to denote the name Skittles. 

Can you eat Skittles with braces?

Now here comes the difficult part for you. The direct answer to the question would be a straight no. Ideally, your orthodontists wouldn’t recommend you treat yourself with Skittles while on braces. Because these candies are highly chewy, the very nature of this candy can become the biggest nightmare for your braces as it may damage the braces and upset the whole treatment process of your teeth. 

What happens if you eat Skittles with braces?

Braces and candies never really go well together. For the best results of your treatment, you should ideally avoid candies as much as you can. But even if you can’t, some candies may be safe for consumption, and mind you, Skittles is not one of those candies. The most direct result of you being unable to resist Skittles even with the strict direction against it would be you ending up disturbing your treatment process. The credit shall be all yours. 

The hard shell of the candy might not pose a huge problem if you don’t directly crunch on it and simply suck on it to let it melt inside your mouth. But as the hard shell melts and the soft middle portion comes in contact with your braces, it may cause some problems. They may get in between the archwires of your braces and could potentially break a bracket.  

Are Skittles very sticky?

The shell of the Skittles is not that sticky per se. But under the covers of the shell, the candy can get sticky as it starts melting in your mouth. Moreover, the overall blend of the candy is nothing much but artificial colors and processed sugars full of calories. So you also need to pay special attention to your body fat while eating these candies because they might add up as body fat in the long run.

Tips for cleaning braces after eating Skittles 

Can’t resist Skittles? In that case, these tips might come in handy for you:

  1. Drink a lot of water right after you are done enjoying the blissful ecstasy of your irresistible Skittles. 
  2. Wait for half an hour after drinking the water, and then gently brush your teeth. 
  3. If brushing doesn’t help you save the day and you feel some pieces are still stuck somewhere in the corner, then directly jump in for a quick dental floss and pull out everything that remains. 

These tips will heavily save your braces from undergoing a huge disaster. But these are just cleaning tips after you have had the candies. The best and the safest choice for you remains the same; that you don’t consume any Skittles at all. 

Which candies can be eaten with braces?

Remember we talked about some candies that are considered safe for consumption earlier in the article? These candies might help you sail through your high sugar cravings. Soft cookies, marshmallows, Kitkat, and Icecreams are better options while you have braces on. 

So, not all sources of sweets are off-limit for you. It is recommended that you take your chances with these candies because they have comparatively lesser risks than other candies which stick to the braces.