In time for Halloween, the AAO hasteamed up with Pam Waterman, author of TheBraces Cookbook, to bring orthodontic-friendly recipes andtreats to kids. The Halloween-themed recipes are designed for patientswho wear braces, clear aligners, or other orthodontic appliances.

Halloween tends to be one of the busiest times of the year atorthodontists’ offices, primarily because patients indulge in treatsthat they should not be eating. Hard, chewy, sticky, or crunchy candiesand other treats can damage braces and clear aligners. In addition topatient discomfort, a broken bracket or loose wire may prolong treatmentand require additional orthodontic appointments.

"Halloween should be a fun time for all kids—including those inorthodontic treatment," says Lee W. Graber, DDS, MS, PhD, orthodontistand president of the AAO. "We’re pleased to team up with Pam Waterman,author of The Braces Cookbook, and offer tips and recipes that willhelp keep braces intact and patients satisfied this Halloween season."

Orthodontic patients can enjoy many traditional Halloween treats. TheAAO advises patients to look for softer treats, such as soft chocolateor peanut butter cups. Those with braces or retainers should avoid anyfoods that are sticky, chewy, hard, or crunchy. In addition, they shouldavoid treats or recipes that include caramel, nuts, popcorn, taffy,jelly beans, hard pretzels, licorice, bubblegum, taco chips, or ice.

The AAO also reminds orthodontic patients that they should brush andfloss after eating sweets, and if they experience damage to theirorthodontic appliance, they should call their orthodontist to arrangetreatment.