Halloween, and all its accompanying candy, can be a scary time for teeth. Because Halloween treats can play tricks on orthodontic treatment, as part of National Orthodontic Health Month, local orthodontist Dr. Susan Lempert wants to give patients and the entire community a few timely tips to protect braces and aligners and other orthodontic “appliances” while protecting teeth from decay.
Avoid sticky situations with your braces by staying away from hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy candy and snacks. Sweets can cause cavities which means brushing and flossing are more important than ever during the Halloween season.
“It’s okay to enjoy some treats at Halloween without causing problems with orthodontic care,” says Dr. Lempert. “We want everyone to have fun on Halloween, and we encourage patients to enjoy acceptable treats in moderation.” The American Association of Orthodontists even offers orthodontic-friendly recipes for Halloween on its website at http://www.mylifemysmile.org/pressroom.
“It’s important to remember that when orthodontic treatment is complete, and patients see their healthy and beautiful new smiles in the mirror, they will know all of their efforts were worthwhile.”
If you have concerns about your child’s bite Dr. Lempert provides complimentary orthodontic screenings for children in her Swedesboro office. You can visit her website at www.lempertsmile.com to learn more about her practice.