For most children, October means one thing: Halloween candy. For orthodontists, it's a month for embracing a beautiful, healthy smile in honor of National Orthodontic Health Month.
After all, we all know that Halloween treats tend to play tricks on patients.
That's why the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) offers these five timely tips to protect braces, aligners and other orthodontic "appliances" while protecting teeth from decay.
"It's okay for orthodontic patients to enjoy some treats at Halloween," says Morris N. Poole, DDS, president of the AAO. "We want everyone to have fun on Halloween. At the same time, we encourage patients to enjoy acceptable treats in moderation, and take that extra couple of minutes to brush and floss. 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."