SURREY — 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 patient $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 at each respective orthodontists office. 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 at108-22971 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge, BC (www.ridgemeadowsorthodontics.com).
“Our annual Halloween candy buy-back program is an important opportunity to educate our patients and help them prevent 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.