Once your orthodontist attaches those braces, you’ve got to be very careful about what you can and cannot eat. So, if you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering if you can still have a break, have a Kit Kat, right? Well, don’t worry because you’ll find the answer here as we discover if, whilst you’re wearing braces, you need to actually take a break from having a Kit Kat.
So, can you eat Kit Kats with braces? You can eat Kit Kats with braces. As Kit Kats are a bar of soft milk chocolate, they are easy to chew. And as they are so easily edible and enjoyable, they don’t pose significant risks of tooth decay and brace damage.
Of course, everything must be eaten in moderation. However, some chocolates are a complete no-go. Luckily, Kit Kats do not fit into this category.
Why You Can Eat Kit Kats With Braces?
You can eat Kit Kats with braces because their texture is soft and not chewy. As a brace-friendly piece of candy, Kit Kats won’t inflict any damage on your braces, nor will they cause you any pain.
Have you calmed down now you know that you don’t have to take a very long break from Kit Kats?
Just to reassure you further, let’s get into the exact details of why it’s ok to eat Kit Kats with braces.
Hard and chewy candy and chocolate are not a sensible treat to enjoy whilst you’ve got your braces in.
This is down to these treats being particularly tough on your teeth.
That toughness of the chocolate between your teeth when you bite down on it puts immense pressure on your braces.
This pressure can be so great that it causes your wires to bend and your brackets to pop off.
The consequence of this is that you’d need your braces to be refitted, meaning you’re going to end up wearing your braces for longer than was originally planned, which isn’t ideal.
So, you need to be careful about what chocolate you are choosing to enjoy!
Kit Kats don’t put this pressure on braces because they are so soft.
Will Kit Kat Get Stuck In Your Braces?
Kit Kats will get in-between your braces, however, they won’t necessarily get stuck.
It’s not all just about pressure.
Chewy chocolates find it easier to get stuck and lodged in your braces.
If not cleared from your braces, then the excess sugar build-up left there can lead to tooth decay.
As Kit Kats are so soft and not chewy, it’s more difficult for them to get lodged.
Additionally, if any chunks of Kit Kat do get stuck in your braces, it’s much easier to clean your teeth free of them.
Best Practices When Eating Kit Kat With Braces
There are several key tips to follow that will ensure you eat Kit Kats safely. These tips are concerned with: dental hygiene, chocolate modification, precautionary measures and appropriate times for eating.
First of all, let’s talk about when it is best to eat Kit Kats with braces.
It’s best to eat Kit Kits, and other suitable chocolates for that matter, during meal times.
Once you have eaten a Kit Kat, you must brush your teeth afterwards to ensure no bits of chocolate get stuck in your braces.
Left here, they can cause damage through tooth decay due to that excess sugar build-up they inconveniently bring with them.
It’s important to brush your teeth 30 minutes after eating.
This way, your enamel will have returned to its normal hard state after being softened by the acids in the chocolate.
Soften Them Further
If you want to ensure that your Kit Kats are even softer than the form they come in, then you can do this. J
ust dip your Kit Kat into a cup of milk and Kit Kats will soften even more, which is only going to lessen the risk of damage to your braces.
Keep Them Out The Fridge
Be wary of your Kit Kats becoming harder in texture. If you leave any chocolate in the fridge, it will cool and harden.
As we know, harder chocolate poses a greater threat to damaging your teeth.
So, if you do put your Kit Kats in the fridge and they harden, make sure to take them out and leave them until they soften again.
Or, use that trick of softening them with a cup of milk if you can’t bear to wait for them to soften of their own accord.
Other Chocolate You Can Eat With Braces
Wearing braces is an important yet testing time. You will have to make diet alterations, especially if you have a particularly strong sweet tooth.
When it comes to chocolate, for some of us, the possibility of having to avoid it for the entire time we wear braces seems unimaginable.
Luckily, it’s not the case.
Kit Kats, thankfully, are a chocolatey treat that you can enjoy in moderation with braces.
But they don’t have to be your only saviour during this time. There are others.
Specifically, you want to look for chocolates that are soft, non-chewy and non-sticky, and totally without nuts and other hard toppings.
As long as you stick to this criteria, you should be fine.
But just in case you’re not sure, here is a list of chocolates and brands I recommenced eating with braces:
- Soft chocolate (as long as there’s no caramel or nuts inside!)
- Dark Chocolate
- Hershey’s Kisses
- Peep’s Candy
- York and Junior Mints
- Nestles Crunch
- Andes Chocolate
- Hershey’s Cookies & Cream bars
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
- Reese’s Sticks
- Soft or Chewy Sweet-tarts
- White Chocolate Bars
- Peppermint Patties
- Cadbury Eggs (as long as you break into pieces first)
- Three Musketeers
If you’re wearing braces but you still want a chocolatey treat with a bit of crunch to it, then a Kit Kat could be the one for you.
There are steps you can take to ensure Kit Kats are even safer to eat with braces, but ultimately, they’re pretty suitable anyway.
So, are you feeling relieved now? I hope so. Now I’m going to have a break, have a Kit Kat.
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Hello, I’m Matthew – a candy enthusiast and the founder of Sugar Stand. I created this site to share everything I learn about the world of candy – from brands, and products all the way through to recommendations and opinions. If you have a sweet tooth like me, you’ve come to the right place!