Lucky Charms. The fan favorite, you might say. Yes, it’s an incredibly popular cereal. So popular that you can bet most people wearing braces love a big bowl of this stuff every morning to get them through the day. But can these people, like you, still enjoy Lucky Charms whilst wearing braces? Well, it’s time to find out if Lucky Charms’ luck has run out.
So, can you eat Lucky Charms with braces? You shouldn’t eat Lucky Charms with braces as they can cause damage as well as tooth decay. As Lucky Charms are quite hard, crunchy, and chewy in texture, biting into them can force your wires to bend and your brackets to pop off. Additionally, they can also cause tooth decay by getting stuck in your brackets and leaving behind an excess of sugary bacteria.
Not so lucky after all.
But I have some good news for you.
You may still be able to eat them with my hacks, which I will shortly outline.
But why are they now off the menu? Let’s continue to explore why!
Why Shouldn’t You Eat Lucky Charms With Braces?
You shouldn’t eat Lucky Charms with braces as their hard, crunchy, and chewy texture can cause damage to your braces. Bits of Lucky Charms can also easily get stuck in your brackets and leave an excess of sugary bacteria that can cause tooth decay and cavities.
Now you may be disappointed. You may even be in denial. That’s ok.
I missed eating Lucky Charms when I had braces as well.
So to give you some clarity, let me explain why you shouldn’t eat Lucky Charms with braces.
Hard, Crunchy, Chewy Texture
The first issue is their texture. Lucky Charms are hard, crunchy, and chewy in texture.
This isn’t good for your braces because when you bite into Lucky Charms, a lot of stress, pressure, and tension is generated.
When you wear braces, this same stress, pressure, and tension are placed on your braces as well. What happens?
Your brackets could pop off, and your wires could bend. This means your orthodontist will have to refit them, thus prolonging the time you have to wear braces in total.
The second issue is their high sugar content and ability to get stuck in your brackets.
When they get stuck up here, they can leave an excess of sugary bacteria which can cause tooth decay and cavities.
Of course, you can try to clean them out of your brackets, and we’ll talk more about that soon, but overall it will be quite a difficult task that has no room for error.
How You May Be Able To Eat Lucky Charms With Braces
You may be able to eat Lucky Charms with braces if you limit consumption, modify their texture and maintain impeccable dental hygiene.
Don’t try your luck with Lucky Charms. They’re just like every sugary delight.
If you eat tons of them, then that’s not going to be good for your health. But this is even more so when you have braces.
The more sugary foods you eat that are hard and chewy in texture, the higher the risks of brace damage and tooth decay.
So, the first rule to abide by is to eat Lucky Charms in moderation.
Oh, and don’t put more sugar on either. That’s just pouring gasoline into the fire.
Making Them Soggy
If you want to eat Lucky Charms with braces, you’ve got to accept that you might not be able to enjoy them with their usual texture.
As they’re quite hard and crunchy, which is the key problem here, we’re going to have to find a way to ensure they’re much softer and easier on our teeth.
So, don’t eat them plain. That would be a start.
When eating them with milk, don’t eat them immediately. Instead, pour your milk on top of them and then wait for them to absorb the milk, soften and go soggy.
Then tuck in. With your Lucky Charms nice and soft, you significantly reduce the amounts of stress, tension and pressure inflicted when you normally bite into them.
Chew slowly and carefully, using your back teeth.
Drink Water After
Take a big drink of water after eating Lucky Charms to rinse the excess sugar they have left behind out of your mouth.
When you eat sugary foods with braces, you have to make sure your teeth are cleaned thoroughly afterward…..but not immediately after!
You should wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth after eating Lucky Charms so that you allow your teeth’s enamel to return to its normal hard state after any sugary acids have softened it.
Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. You should be trying to remove any bits of Lucky Charms that have made your brackets their new home.
If a toothbrush doesn’t suffice, then you may need to get the dental floss out.
Tie a knot in the floss’ string and carefully use this to remove Lucky Charms from wherever you find them.
Alternatives To Lucky Charms To Eat With Braces
You make your own Luck. So when it comes to eating Lucky Charms with braces, it’s your choice. Eat then whilst following my advice, and you’ll probably still be calling them Lucky Charms. Eat them without any care for your braces, and you might start having to call them ‘Unlucky Charms.’
In all seriousness, don’t rely on there being any luck in Lucky Charms.
That is just the brand title, after all.
But we can pretend there is Luck in Lucky Charms for the children….just not when it comes to eating them with braces.
If you have decided to put your Lucky Charm morning breakfast routine on hold, don’t worry!
There are plenty of cereals out there that do possess characteristics that make them suitable for devouring with braces.
When looking for a cereal to replace your Lucky Charms with, find those that are soft, easily chewable, and low in sugar content. These cereals will pose low threats of brace damage and tooth decay.
Rice cereals are a particularly good alternative as they possess all of these characteristics.
And always look to avoid those with added sugar.
Below is a list of some tasty cereals I would recommend you substitute for your Lucky Charms whilst you have braces.
Bear in mind that some of these will require you to soften them with milk!
- Quick Oats
- Corn Pops
- Apple Jacks
- Rice Bubbles
- Rice Krispies
- Rice Chex
- Rice Reveals
- Reese’s Puffs
- Special K
- Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries
- Puffed Wheat
- Frosted Mini Wheat
- Cookie Crisp
Read more: What Cereals Can You Eat With Braces?
Lucky Charms are great. But a perfect smile after preserving braces for 2 years is even greater.
Lucky Charms might not totally be off the cards if you follow my advice.
Whatever you decide to do, one thing is for sure…..clean out those brackets!
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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!