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Five Quick Braces-Friendly Breakfast Ideas

WHEN YOU HAVE BRACES, it can sometimes be tricky to find good food to eat and even trickier if you’ve just had a braces adjustment and things are still a little tender. That’s why we’re dedicating an entire blog post to giving you great braces-friendly breakfast ideas to satisfy your stomach while soothing your sore teeth!

1. Puréed Fruit

One of the biggest items on the banned foods list for braces is apples, because biting into such a hard fruit can easily pop brackets off. When your teeth are sore after an adjustment, you probably wouldn’t want to eat apples or other hard fruits even if you could, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy your daily servings of fruit—in purée form! Whether it’s a fruit smoothie with no sugar added or homemade applesauce, you can’t go wrong with fruit purée.

2. Greek Yogurt

Another great option when you don’t want to do much chewing is yogurt, whether it be Greek or regular, cool or frozen, plain or flavored. You can add some fruit, cinnamon, honey—whatever you love. The creamy smoothness isn’t the only thing that makes Greek yogurt perfect for your sore mouth; it also has a ton of health benefits such as protein to build strong muscles, probiotics to improve digestion and strengthen your immune system, and calcium for healthy teeth and bones!

3. Scrambled Or Soft-Boiled Eggs

If fruit and yogurt don’t sound very filling to you, then how about eggs? Cooked right, scrambled eggs are wonderfully soft and fluffy, so you can go easy on your teeth and braces while still eating a hearty meal. The same goes for soft-boiled, hard-boiled, and poached eggs. They’re quite soft to bite into and are delicious, healthy ways to start your day!

For another great egg breakfast idea, check out this video:

4. Oatmeal Or Overnight Oats

If you’re looking for other hearty breakfast options, oatmeal and overnight oats are perfect, and they’re so soft and creamy! Oatmeal itself is already such a creamy meal in instant form, but when you make it into overnight oats, you’re in a whole new ballpark. You can add whatever toppings you’d like, such as fruit, honey, cinnamon, or vanilla. You’ll get a meal full of flavor with no pressure on your teeth!

5. Milk Toast

If you’ve never heard of this one before, it might be time to try something new! Normally, toast is too crunchy to eat with sore teeth, but toast soaked in milk and flavored with cinnamon and sugar won’t give you any trouble. It’s easy, it’s fast, it’s delicious, and your teeth will love it.

Enjoy Your Breakfast!

We know braces can be tough to get used to and that’s why we’re always here to help! If you need more ideas for braces-friendly foods, just let us know, and call us or come in if you have any other questions about your braces!

We’re here to make sure you have a great braces experience!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Maintaining Your Post-Invisible Aligner Smile

Carlyn-Phucas-Orthodontics-Marlton-Turnersville-NJ-Invisalign-Text-3INVISIBLE ALIGNERS have become an attractive alternative to traditional braces in recent years. Being able to get all the benefits of braces with such a low-profile appliance that can be removed for brushing, flossing, and eating can make the orthodontic process far more palatable.

But what’s next after you’ve progressed through every aligner tray and your teeth are perfectly aligned? What will it take to maintain the smile you’ve always wanted?

Wear Retainers As Recommended

In some cases, the final invisible aligner tray can be used initially as a full-time retainer and eventually as a nighttime one after the patient’s teeth are correctly aligned. In others, a separate retainer will be recommended, and those tend to be sturdier. No matter what type of retainer you end up with, be sure to follow the care instructions in order to keep it clean and effective as long as possible.

The reason it’s important to use retainers after the teeth are straight is that it can take around a year for the periodontal ligaments–the tiny connective tissue fibers that hold our teeth in place in our jaws–to get used to the new position. Without retainers, your teeth will be in danger of shifting back to the position those ligaments were used to.

Stay On Top Of Your Oral Hygiene

The most important component of post-aligner dental health is how well you take care of your teeth. That means maintaining good habits, such as:

  • brushing for two minutes twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • flossing daily with traditional floss, interdental brushes, or a water flosser
  • avoiding sugary snacks and sodas that supercharge bad oral bacteria

Schedule Regular Dental Visits

No matter how straight your teeth are and how diligently you’re keeping them clean, they still need professional dental care twice a year. Dentists have the equipment and skill needed to clean your teeth thoroughly, take care of anything more extensive when needed, and help you make sure you’re on track with your own oral hygiene habits.

We Can Answer Your Questions!

If you have any questions about how to take care of your teeth post-invisible aligners, we’re happy to answer them. Any questions that pertain to the alignment of your teeth you should definitely bring to us. However, if your questions are more about keeping those teeth clean, your regular dentist can certainly answer them too.

Congratulations on all your hard work to get straight teeth!

 

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

A New Year’s coming. A beautiful new smile can come with it! Let’s talk about Invisalign…

If you’re like most people, the new year is a natural time to think about the future and the giving of gifts. Maybe it’s the best time ever to think about giving one of the greatest gifts you can: a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime.

Invisalign could be the key to that beautiful smile, for a loved one or (finally!) for yourself. 

What is Invisalign? 

It’s an amazing technology that’s been around for more than fifteen years, with hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers, and it has the potential to give you or a loved one straight teeth and a super smile – quickly, easily, and with minimum  discomfort.

Dr. Carlyn Phucas supplies you with a set of individually designed, transparent aligners made specifically for your mouth and its unique challenges. Each week you progress to the next set of aligners, slowly moving the positions of your teeth into an optimal arrangement. Slowly and steadily the teeth become aligned … and it happens with almost no discomfort. Even better, you can remove the aligners at any time, for brushing and flossing or for special occasions. Flexibility is one of the many advantages to Invisalign., for patients young and old.

…and Dr. Carlyn Phucas is an Invisalign expert

That’s the best news of all: Dr. Carlyn Phucas is an expert at Invisalign. In fact, she’s a member of the Invisalign Technology faculty, and travels extensively teaching other doctors how to use the Invisalign system more effectively. As she travels and trains, she learns as well, gathering tips and expanding her own expertise, to directly benefit her own patients. The result: beautiful smiles all around, more quickly and comfortably than ever.

Free teeth whitening, too

You are welcome to whiten your teeth while you are wearing your Invisalign aligners!  You’ll want to dazzle the world with your smile, and to make sure that happens, Dr. Carlyn Phucas offers complimentary whitening as part of the package. “We want you to be thrilled with the outcome,” she says … and you will be. Thousands have already found it to be a life-changing improvement in their own lives and the lives of those they love.

Make a beautiful smile the New Year’s resolution you can be sure to keep. Learn more by visiting www.DrPhucas.com/our-videos where you can actually see the advantages of Invisalign up close and personal, and hear some amazing stories of other people, just like you, whose lives have been changed for the better. And you can call 856-985-9400 any time to make an appointment for that all-important first visit – the one that can answer any lingering questions you may have and set you on the path to straighter, healthier teeth.

Show off your smile in 2017!

Take full advantage of  your 2017 FSA account before the dollars are forfeited!

If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), or a Health Savings Account (HSA) through your work, now is the time to use it. Many people forget that they have these dollars available to them. The 2016 FSA  dollars are forfeited in early 2017 if they are not used, so you’ll want to be sure to use them completely before they disappear!!

Now can be an ideal time for the new straight smile with Invisalign or braces that you’ve been dreaming of or you may want to pay off the balance of your current treatment in progress. Start by taking a look at your remaining FSA and HSA dollars and your employer’s orthodontic insurance benefits. You are welcome to call us to discuss your plan options. We are happy to help! We work closely with you to take full advantage of your insurance, FSA and HSA!

Bottom line: Now is the time to plan for your short-term and long-term smile enhancement … and we’re here to help!