Gleeful goblins, witches, super heroes and princesses soon will bring home candy and other treats that could be a real bust for braces.

If you remember from your orthodontic instructions, if it’s sticky, chewy, hard or crunchy, it’s a food that anyone wearing braces or retainers should avoid.

October is National Orthodontic Health Month, and we’d like to remind you to steer clear of caramel, gum and taffy and also advise you to be aware of popcorn, peanuts, taco chips and chewing on ice.

We would also like to frequently remind you that consuming these foods could lengthen your treatment time. These foods could harm your braces and may affect treatment-just as if you weren’t brushing properly or not wearing your rubber bands.

For those of you wearing a retainer, remember: remove it before indulging- especially before bobbing for apples at the Halloween party. (And don’t wrap it in a napkin. Retainers wind up in the trash more often than you think!)

Well, if you happen to chose the wrong treat call us immediately. We have an emergency number where we can be reached. Usually small problems can be solved over the phone. Loose or protruding brackets or wires can be held in place with orthodontic wax until you can come into the office.

Of course, Halloween does not have to be treat-less. Plain chocolate candy is OK, provided you remember to brush afterwards. We want you to have fun while in orthodontic treatment.

Remember cooperation is the key and exercising caution at Halloween and throughout your treatment, will avoid delays in achieving your great smile!

Have a happy and safe Halloween!!!

Your Friends at Comizio Orthodontics