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As Halloween approaches, we wanted to share some suggestions to make this one a braces success story. Halloween can still be a lot of fun since there are some braces-friendly Halloween treats.

We suggest looking for candies (and foods in general) that are soft, not sticky, chewy, hard or crunchy. Some examples are M&Ms which can "melt in your mouth...”. Just be sure to avoid the ones with the nuts in the center. Plain chocolate candy is fine, as well as peanut butter cups. Please just be sure that you remember to brush and floss afterwards.

Bobbing for apples and biting into caramel apples are not recommended for orthodontic patients (unless you’re into broken brackets and jaw joint pain!). However, patients can enjoy thinly sliced apples, dipped in yogurt or creamy chocolate sauce.

‘Wishing everyone a Spook-tacular holiday!

Now that summer is in full swing, it might be important to think about starting treatment. Summertime starts offer significant advantages, including:

(1) Appointment flexibility - The longer appointment when braces go on occurs without worry about missing any school. Also there is a better chance to have the appointment of your choice since many of our already establshed patients have "taken their braces on vacation". ;)

(2) More time to adjust - The summertime is great for flexibility in food choices so that any adjustment issues do not interfere with school. Also your tissue has time to adjust to the presence of the brackets outside of school so there are no concerns about interfering with concentration.

(3) More time to master great hygiene techniques - It may take a little while to get used to brushing and flossing with your treatment underway. Please take a look at our patient education pages for a review of the proper techniques that we provide during your start visit and throughout your treatment.

(4) Wow everyone when school starts again - We have noticed over and over throughout the years in practice that just the act of starting treatment tends to boost self-confidence. Possessing enhanced self-esteem is a great way to start the new school year!

Early (or interceptive) orthodontic treatment questions come up quite a lot at the office. We thought that which follows is a good explanation of why our practice  tends to prefer the conservative approach for the most common type of malocclusion (Class II or buck teeth), while at the same recommending that certain issues be treated early to allow for normal growth and development or to diminish teasing at school. Please let us know if you have any questions.

"Some children who start too early can end up in a second phase of treatment, with braces into their preteen or teenage years despite having started at a younger age.

Research (University of Florida) has shown that Class II malocclusion, commonly known as overbite or buck teeth, is probably better treated at a later age. Starting early can lengthen the overall treatment time and overall treatment costs. The research indicated that there was no discernable advantage to early treatments...

It may be best to treat severe overcrowding or protruding teeth problems early to help with adjustment issues that may arise in social environments...

Early treatment for other conditions, however, is recommended. Class III malocclusion, or underbite, is best treated at earlier ages, e.g., 7 years old, to influence ongoing growth patterns before the age of 10.

No definitive studies have demonstrated statistically significant correlations between length of treatment with the age at which treatment was started."

Adapted from the Editorial Staff at If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.