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Good News for Trick-or-Treaters With Braces: Renowned Chef to the Rescue With Braces-Friendly Treats
Date:10/21/2008

Celebrity Chef Michael Chiarello and The American Association of Orthodontists team up to provide braces-friendly Halloween tips, treats and

recipes

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- If you wear braces, there's nothing to be afraid of: Halloween can still be a sweet experience. Celebrity chef and author Michael Chiarello, of Food Network's "Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello" and Fine Living Network's "NapaStyle," has teamed up with the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) to provide braces-friendly Halloween recipes for the more than five million children and adults in North America who currently wear braces.

Halloween tends to be one of the busiest times of the year at orthodontists' offices, primarily because patients eat treats that they should not be eating. Candies and other treats that are hard, chewy, sticky or crunchy can cause damage to orthodontic patients' braces. Broken braces can be uncomfortable for the patient and may even prolong treatment. As part of October's National Orthodontic Health Month, Chiarello and the AAO are providing braces-friendly Halloween recipes and tips to help orthodontic patients and parents enjoy the holiday.

"My family and I love to create special meals together, but when my daughter recently got braces, we had to modify some of our favorite recipes," says Chiarello. The braces-friendly recipes we've come up with -- like Green Goo Slimedoo and Black and Orange Bon Bons -- allow my daughter to enjoy the holiday without causing harm to her braces. Plus, they are fun to make together."

"Eating food that could harm a patient's braces may affect treatment length and results, just as if they were not tending to oral hygiene or wearing their rubber bands," says Raymond George, Sr., DMD, an orthodontist and president of the AAO. "If orthodontic patients are careful about the Halloween treats they eat, they can keep their braces intact and should be
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