To celebrate National Orthodontic Health Month, Vancouver area orthodontists Drs. Kanani, Couto, and Lee of the respected independent BC Orthodontics Group Offices invite children and their families to surrender Halloween candy that can play tricks on healthy lifestyles, and trade it in for the treat of helping others. Halloween candy can contribute to tooth decay, and some candy can even damage orthodontic patients’ braces or other appliances. Drs. Kanani, Couto, and Lee want to help children avoid excessive sugar consumption in their diets. For those children undergoing orthodontics treatment, the doctors and staff would like to reduce injury to their braces, Invisalign aligners, and teeth by buying back Halloween candy. Patients will be reimbursed for the candy they surrender, and the orthodontists will make a matching donation, to one of several charities. The unwrapped candy collected will be donated to local drug rehab centres. Questionable candy will be discarded.

The orthodontists are paying each child $2 for every pound of Halloween treats surrendered,with up to five pounds of candy per person, at all BC Orthodontics Group offices. The event is open to all children under the age of 18 years old and all lower mainland area schools in Vancouver, Coquitlam, Surrey, North Delta, Langley, and Maple Ridge can participate.

Surrendered Halloween candy can be weighed-in 8am to 4:30pm on November 12th through 23rd at the following locations: Vancouver Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry at 109-1128 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC (www.vancouverorthodontics.com); Coquitlam Family Orthodontics at 106-1158 The High Street, Coquitlam, BC (www.coquitlamfamilyorthodontics.com); Guildford Orthodontic Centre at 200-10203 152a Street, Surrey, BC (www.guildfordorthodontics.com); Langley Orthodontics at 201-19978 72ndAvenue, Langley, BC (www.langleyorthodontics.com); and Ridge Meadows Orthodontics at 108-22971 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge, BC (www.ridgemeadowsorthodontics.com).

“Our annual Halloween candy buy-back program is an important opportunity to educate the public as well as our patients and help them lead healthier lifestyles while also preventing injuries to their braces or clear aligners, which could affect their orthodontic treatment,” said Dr. Couto. “At the same time, it is a fantastic way to bring our community together for a great cause,” added Dr. Kanani.

Dr. Kanani notes that the days immediately following Halloween are usually an orthodontist’s busiest time of year for emergency calls. He is hopeful that the BC Orthodontics Group candy buy-back program will cut down on orthodontic emergencies, yet help patients, especially those wearing braces or clear aligners, enjoy the holiday. It’s important to note that not all candy is forbidden during orthodontic treatment. According to Dr. Couto, plain chocolate or soft, chocolate-covered peanut butter cups are permissible as long as patients remember to brush and floss thoroughly after indulging in sugary treats. Dr. Kanani recommends that patients who are in orthodontic treatment avoid these foods or candies:

• Caramel
• Taffy
• Bubblegum
• Peanuts
• Taco chips
• Unpopped kernels of popcorn

About the BC Orthodontics Group
The orthodontic specialists at the BC Orthodontics Group are one of the largest providers of quality orthodontic care in the Vancouver lower mainland area. More than 20 years of combined experience means they have put gorgeous, healthy smiles on thousands of children, teens, and adults. Experts in metal braces, clear braces, and the newest Invisalign and Invisalign Teen braces, they are proud to be the chosen consecutive year winners of the popular Consumer Choice Award in the “Orthodontists” in Vancouver category.

At BC Orthodontics Group, affordability and quality go hand in hand. You’ll get the finest orthodontic products and services available which guarantee you the best possible outcome, fewer appointments and often reduced treatment time. With locations across the Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and Tri-cities area, including Coquitlam, Langley, Maple Ridge, Surrey, and of course Vancouver, an independent BC Orthodontics Group orthodontic specialist is always close by. Saturday and evening appointments are available at several locations. More information can be found at www.bcorthodonticsgroup.com and a free orthodontics consultation can be scheduled by calling 1-877-ORTHODONTIST.