Marshmallows. Not allowed with braces? Surely not, is what we’re all thinking. Not the marshmallow! It just can’t be. Can it? What will the brace wearers of the world roast around the campfire if they’re not allowed to eat marshmallows? Well, today, we’re going to find out whether or not you can eat marshmallows whilst you’ve got those smile-enhancing brackets on your set of choppers.
So, can you eat marshmallows with braces? You can eat marshmallows with braces as they are soft in texture and easy to clean out from in between your teeth and brackets. This means that the threat of brace damage and tooth decay is relatively low compared to other sweet treats. With all that being said, you must not eat excessive amounts of marshmallows as they contain high sugar levels.
Great news, isn’t it.
But there are some things to consider with marshmallows and braces – as we shall now see in the following few sections.
So stick around!
- 1 Why You Can Eat Marshmallows With Braces
- 2 Will Marshmallows Get Stuck In Your Braces?
- 3 Best Practices When Eating Marshmallows With Braces
- 4 Other Alternatives To Marshmallows To Eat With Braces
- 5 Finally
Why You Can Eat Marshmallows With Braces
You can eat Marshmallows with braces because they don’t pose high risks of damage and pain to you or your braces. This is mainly down to their soft texture, making them suitable and easy for eating with braces.
For whatever time you are required to wear braces, you must be very mindful of what food you are sticking in your mouth.
This should be the case normally, of course, but when you wear braces, it is particularly important.
Well, not only are you protecting your teeth, but you are also protecting your braces so they can work their magic on your smile with as little disruption as possible.
When it comes to the wonderful world of candy, we have to be even more careful.
This is because when we put high levels of sugar into our mouth, we have to make sure that they don’t get stuck there amongst our brackets.
So, in the case of the marshmallow, if any bits get stuck in between our brackets and our left there, then it will leave an excess of sugar and bacteria.
This then leads to tooth decay, which you will enjoy.
Luckily, marshmallows can easily be cleaned out of your brackets.
So, as long as you ensure no marshmallows stay behind after cleaning your teeth, then they’re safe to stuff down your face.
The other threat posed by candy-eating is potential damage to braces.
Candy and treats that are hard and chewy put high levels of stress and pressure on your teeth and braces when you bite into them.
This pressure can cause your brackets to dislodge, which means they’ll need to be refitted. No big deal, right?
Every Time your brackets are dislodged and subsequently refitted, the day you’re due to have your braces removed is pushed back even further than before.
And this happens each new Time your brackets pop off.
Do marshmallows pose such a threat? No, they do not because they are not too chewy or hard, so the pressure put on your braces is very much manageable for them.
Will Marshmallows Get Stuck In Your Braces?
Like most candy, yes, marshmallows will get stuck in your braces as they are sticky to some degree due to their high sugar content. However, what makes marshmallows so convenient is that they can easily be cleaned out of your braces after eating.
Now, some things in life are just certain.
One thing that is certain whilst you’re wearing braces is that you’re going to get food stuck in them.
That is particularly the case with candy, and marshmallows are no different.
Even though marshmallows are soft, they are quite sticky since they contain a lot of sugar. They get even more sticky and gooey once you roast them on the campfire.
As we know, high sugar foods getting stuck in your brackets is a big problem as it can lead to tooth decay if not dealt with properly.
So, marshmallows will get stuck in your braces. But luckily, they don’t stick to your teeth and brackets as much as other pieces of candy that are chewier and harder. This means they can easily be cleaned from your brackets and teeth, so you can still enjoy a delicious marshmallow whilst avoiding the risk of tooth decay.
Best Practices When Eating Marshmallows With Braces
Safe marshmallow eating is very much to do with taking precautionary measures. These measures concern good levels of dental hygiene and moderating consumption.
Even when you’re not wearing braces, you should limit how much sugar you eat.
But when you’re eating braces, you have to be even stricter with yourself.
So, please take care with how many marshmallows you choose to eat.
The more excess sugar and bacteria that get stuck in between your brackets and teeth, the higher the risk of tooth decay.
So, moderation is key.
Eat Around Mealtime (If Possible)
Now, you’ve decided you want to eat marshmallows. You’ve decided to eat one now.
Well, is it mealtime? If the answer is no, then pop that marshmallow back where you found it for now.
Because it’s safest to eat marshmallows around Time.
Drink Water After
Once you have indulged in some marshmallow eating, drink plenty of water to rinse your mouth of any excess sugar.
Clean Your Teeth After
Then, you need to clean them.
But you also need to wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth so that you allow your teeth’s enamel to return to its normal hard state after the marshmallow’s sugary acids have softened it.
Make sure no marshmallow is left in your brackets and teeth.
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 dislodge any bits of marshmallow that have got stuck up there.
And that is how you safely eat a marshmallow whilst wearing braces!
Other Alternatives To Marshmallows To Eat With Braces
If, having received the information on this matter, you have decided that you don’t want to take the risk, then there are alternatives to enjoy whilst you have your braces fitted for however long that may be.
Now, marshmallows are unique in the fact that they arguably improve both in terms of texture and taste when roasted on a fire.
Let’s face it; you can’t just put any old piece of food on a fire. So, finding a sweet treat replacement for your campfire sessions is going to be difficult.
When trying to identify a suitable alternative by yourself, you should look for ones that are soft, less sticky, less chewy, and low in sugar.
These are the characteristics you must find in whatever marshmallow replacement you pick out from the shelves.
If you don’t fancy taking a risk on guessing an alternative treat’s suitability for eating with braces, here is a list of some I recommend:
- Nutless and non-sticky brownies
- Crustless Pizza
- Ice cream
- Soft cookies (like Oreos)
- Soft chocolate (like Kit Kats)
- Oats and oatmeal
- Chocolate Milk
- Chocolate-Covered Fruit
- Chocolate-flavored lollipops
Don’t postpone those evenings by the campfire just yet!
Marshmallows are still a safe bet as long as you are sensible and cautious.
Everything in moderation, as my Grandmother used to say.
And brush those beautiful choppers of yours!
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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!