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Happy Braces-Friendly Halloween

We know many of our Orland Park area patients love to celebrate Halloween, a night of creative costumes, spooky tricks, and lots of sweet treats. Dr. Sonneveld and his team want you to enjoy all the delightfully ghoulish festivities of Halloween, all while protecting your orthodontic appliances amid all the treat eating. Those who wear braces have to take a few precautions, as we don’t want any of our patients to have a frightful experience with broken braces. As your Oak Forest area orthodontist, Sonneveld Orthodontics has put together this guide that will allow braces-wearers to happily haunt on Halloween night!

Tips For A Braces-Friendly Halloween From Your Tinley Park Orthodontist

Halloween Foods To Avoid

Monsters with braces should avoid eating sticky, hard, or chewy foods, as these foods can get stuck in brackets and cause damage. Beware of:

  • Nuts
  • Licorice
  • Jelly beans
  • Hard pretzels
  • Gum
  • Candy corn
  • Lollipops
  • Caramel

Braces-Friendly Halloween Foods

Any treat that is soft and easy to chew is best for monsters with braces. Sink your teeth into:

  • Chocolates
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Ice cream
  • Gelatin

Keep Up Brushing & Flossing

Once it’s time to return to your haunted house for the night, it is best to brush and floss to get rid of any creepy food particles that have been left behind in your fangs and braces. This will help to prevent tooth decay as well.

Braces-Friendly Halloween Recipe

Last but not least, here is a braces-friendly recipe to ensure you have a spook-tacular Halloween even if you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment!

Halloween Graveyard Pudding Cups by Six Sisters’ Stuff
Makes 8-10 servings


  1. 1 (3.9 ounce) package chocolate instant pudding, prepared
  2. 1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip
  3. 30 Oreos, crushed
  4. Pepperidge Farm Mint Milano cookies
  5. Frosting for writing


  1. Prepare the pudding according to directions on the box.  
  2. Fold the Cool Whip into the pudding.  
  3. Place a large spoonful of pudding into small clear cups and top with crushed Oreo crumbs.  
  4. Use the frosting to write “RIP” on each Mint Milano Cookie and place the cookie in pudding.

Contact Your Oak Forest Orthodontist

If you have any questions about what Halloween foods are braces-friendly or would like more ideas for braces-friendly Halloween-themed recipes, contact our Orland Park office at 708-403-2626 and one of our staff members will be happy to assist you. If you’d like to visit us for an orthodontic appointment, you can schedule your appointment online. All of us at Sonneveld Orthodontics hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!