Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year's Eve

Happy New Year’s Eve from North Seattle Orthodontics!  Have a wonderful and safe evening saying farewell to 2015.  We certainly hope it was a very good year for you and yours!

Leap Seconds

Did you know? There are occasional "Leap Seconds" added to the official year. We will spare you the detail on those, except to say it helps to correct minor variations.  So today, December 31, 2015, the folks who maintain the official time for the planet, will add an extra second to the day.  Make the most of your extra second!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

PB&J Muffins


Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
2 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup milk
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup Smucker’s® Creamy Natural Peanut Butter, stirred
OR 1 cup Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
1/3 cup Crisco® Pure Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup Smucker’s® Seedless Strawberry Jam or Smucker’s® Strawberry Preserves
1/4 cup sugar


  • HEAT oven to 375ºF.  Spray muffin pan with no-stick cooking spray.
  • Stir together flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.
  • Add milk, eggs, 2/3 cup sugar, peanut butter and oil to bowl. Combine ingredients on low speed of electric mixer, just until moistened. Do not over beat.
  • FILL prepared muffin cups evenly with half of the batter.
  • Place 2 level teaspoons jam or preserves in the center of each muffin.
  • Evenly divide remaining batter between muffin cups. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar.
  • Bake 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool in pan 5 minutes.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Coat Drive

This Winter NSO will be collecting coats, blankets and warm clothing in all sizes for Penelope's Coats. Please drop off your donations in the donation box in our lobby anytime. 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Braces Friendly Recipe

So cute and a fun way to celebrate winter with a cold snack!
  1. Take just ripened bananas cut them in half, and freeze them. Leave the peels on, they will help preserve the color of your bananas; and be sure to seal them in a freezer safe bag.
  2. When you are ready to make your Penguins simply pull out a half cup of semi-sweet melting morsels, some candy eyes (from the local grocer's baking aisle), and some orange chocolate candy pieces.
  3. With the banana halves frozen, peel them and gently dunk them in the melted chocolate (like the photo), rolling softly side by side to create the 'tuxedo' effect.
  4. Optional, you can use Popsicle sticks if you want!
  5. Place your eyes and 'beak' on the soft melted chocolate, then drizzle a little dollop at the base and place your 'feet.' Make sure to keep your Penguins frozen until you're ready to serve them, eat them as fresh as possible from the freezer!
Recipe adapted from

Monday, November 30, 2015

Elf on a Shelf

Our silly little Elf is at it again!  He manages to hide from us every evening.   When you come in for your appointment, take a look around and tell us where you see our Elf “bracing” himself that day.  If you can find him during your appointment, you will receive “5” Lyon's Loot!

Dad's Leftover Turkey Pot Pie

DAD’S LEFTOVER TURKEY POT PIE – Save the leftover turkey!
·         2 cups frozen peas and carrots
·         2 cups frozen green beans
·         1 cup sliced celery
·   2/3 cup butter
·         2/3 cup chopped onion
·         2/3 cup all-purpose flour
·         1 teaspoon salt
·         1 teaspoon ground black pepper
·         ½ teaspoon celery seed
·         ½ teaspoon onion powder
·         ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
·         1 ¾ cups chicken broth
·         1 1/3 cups milk
·         4 cups cubed cooked turkey meat – light and dark meat mixed
·         4 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust


  1. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Place the peas and carrots, green beans, and celery into a saucepan; cover with water, bring to a boil, and simmer over medium-low heat until the celery is tender, about 8 minutes. Drain the vegetables in a colander set in the sink, and set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, and cook the onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in 2/3 cup of flour, salt, black pepper, celery seed, onion powder, and Italian seasoning; slowly whisk in the chicken broth and milk until the mixture comes to a simmer and thickens. Remove from heat; stir the cooked vegetables and turkey meat into the filling until well combined.
  4. Fit 2 pie crusts into the bottom of 2 9-inch pie dishes. Spoon half the filling into each pie crust, and then top each pie with another crust. Pinch and roll the top and bottom crusts together at the edge of each pie to seal, and cut several small slits into the top of the pies with a sharp knife to release steam.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the crusts are golden brown and the filling is bubbly, 30 to 35 minutes. If the crusts are browning too quickly, cover the pies with aluminum foil after about 15 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Flossing Video

Since November 27th is National Floss Day, we thought this would be a great time to remind you of the proper way to floss when wearing braces.   This video does an excellent job of explaining the process in great detail:  We hope you will take a few minutes to watch it to be certain you are doing the best job of flossing possible, so that your teeth and gums will stay healthy during orthodontic treatment.  

Monday, November 16, 2015

Coat Drive

This Winter NSO will be collecting coats, blankets and warm clothing in all sizes for Penelope's Coats. Please drop off your donations in the donation box in our lobby anytime. 

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

NSO is starting our donation drive for treehouse earlier than usual this year. We are taking cash donations online and at the front desk, and accepting new, unwrapped items from their wishlist until Friday December 18th. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Online Donation Drives - Support Elizabeth Lyons

Friday, November 6, 2015

Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle

PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIE TRIFLE - In honor of Peanut Butter Lovers Month!
·         1 fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)
·         2 packages (13 ounces each) miniature peanut butter cups 
·         4 cups cold 2% milk 
·      2 packages (5.1 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
·         1 cup creamy peanut butter
·         4 teaspoons vanilla extract
·         2 cartons (8 ounces each) frozen whipped topping, thawed  
  1. Prepare brownie batter according to package directions.  Bake in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs (do not over bake). 
  2. Cool on a wire rack; cut into 3/4-in. pieces.  Cut peanut butter cups in half; set aside 1/3 cup for garnish. 
  3. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes (mixture will be thick).  Add peanut butter and vanilla; mix well.  Fold in 1-1/2 cartons whipped topping.
  4. Place a third of the brownies in a 5-qt. glass bowl; top with a third of the remaining peanut butter cups. Spoon a third of the pudding mixture over the top.  Repeat layers twice.
  5. Cover with remaining whipped topping; garnish with reserved peanut butter cups. Refrigerate until chilled.

Recipe from:

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Braces friendly recipe Pumpkin Truffle Cheesecake Mummies

These no-bake pumpkin cheesecake truffles are so easy to make and are perfect for halloween parties! They are so yummy they will be the first thing to disappear at the dessert table!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 14
  • 1½ cups gingersnap cookie crumbs
  • ¼ cup canned pumpkin purée
  • ⅓ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • white chocolate chips or white dipping chocolate (like CandiQuik)
  • red food coloring
  1. In a large bowl combine gingersnap crumbs, pumpkin puree, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, cinnamon, salt, and cream cheese. Mix until smooth. Melt ½ cup white chocolate chips and mix into truffle mixture.
  2. Cover and chill until dough is solid enough to roll into balls - about 1 hour in the fridge or 30 minutes in the freezer. When cold enough, roll mixture into 12-14 balls. Place a toothpick in each ball.
  3. Melt remaining white chocolate chips or white dipping chocolate in a small bowl. Use toothpicks to dip each truffle ball into the white chocolate, being sure to coat all sides. Gently shake off excess chocolate. Place chocolate-covered truffle balls on a baking sheet or plate lined with wax paper, parchment paper, or foil. Chill for 3-5 minutes until chocolate hardens.
  4. Drizzle more white chocolate over the truffles. Soak the end of a Q-tip in red food cloring. Dap 2 dots of food coloring to make the mummy eyes. Handle carefully so you don't wipe off the eyes. Store chilled in airtight container.
*makes about 14 truffles and cook time refers to chilling time
*recipe adapted from Erin's Food Files

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wire Talk

Halloween can be a SCARY night for your braces! Please remember your wires before you start digging into those Trick or Treat bags. Take a few minutes to refresh your mind as to what you can and can’t eat when in orthodontic treatment. Here are a few treats that should “not scare” your braces so enjoy: Plain M&Ms, Soft Cookies, Marshmallows, 3 Musketeers Bars, Peppermint Patties, Reese’s and anything else with a soft texture that is not hard or sticky.
Avoid the treats that can play tricks on your braces like these: Caramel, Taffy, Popcorn, Hard Nuts (anything with nuts), Hard Pretzels, Skittle-Type Candies and anything else that is hard, sticky or chewy. When in doubt, ask Mom to help you sort your candy into good vs. evil!
And whatever you do, PLEASE brush and floss after you devour those goodies!

Donations for Penelope's Coats

This Fall NSO will be collecting coats and warm clothing in all sizes for Penelope's Coats. Please drop off your donations in the donation box in our lobby anytime smile emoticon

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Blood Drive November 2nd 1-7 PM

Give Blood! Monday, November 2 1:00pm to 7:00pm (closed 3:00pm to 4:00pm) in the North Seattle Orthodontics LOBBY with Bloodworks Northwest.  To sign up, contact Crystal at 206-523-1047 or email Photo I.D. Required | Walk-ins Welcome Double your impact by bringing your friend along!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Elastic wear is an important key to the speed of your treatment and the final results we can achieve. Elastics move the teeth in a direction which cannot be accomplished with braces alone.  It may seem hard for you to put on the elastics at first; however, it will become easier with practice.  Here are a few more thoughts on elastic wear:

o Elastic wear must be constant to be effective:  24 hours a day, 7 days a week (unless instructed otherwise).  You may remove the elastics only when eating your meals or brushing your teeth.  Be sure to replace the elastics with new ones immediately following mealtime and brushing.  Part-time wear does not move teeth, but it does cause them to constantly be sore.

o Change the elastics routinely even if they are not broken.  After a while, elastics lose their strength.  Change them at least after each meal and before bedtime.  If one elastic breaks, replace both sides.

o Your teeth and jaws may be tender the first few days of wearing the elastics.  This is normal and should begin to disappear within a week with constant wear.  If it persists longer, please call our office.

o Carry extra elastics with you at all times.  If you don’t have enough elastics to last until your next appointment, please stop by our office and pick more up or call us and we can send more to you.

o If you get confused about the placement of the elastic, please call and speak with one of our clinicians.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Braces Friendly Recipe

SPAGHETTI SALAD – a great summer meal or side dish!
1 pound thin spaghetti (break into 3-4” pieces)
3 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 medium yellow zucchini squash, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 red onion, diced
1 cucumber, diced
2 (2.5 oz.) cans sliced olives, drained
8 oz. cheddar cheese cut into small cubes
1 (16 oz.) bottle Italian dressing
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Salad Supreme or Johnny’s Seasoning (optional)
1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions, then rinse in cold water and drain. Set aside and let cool.
2. Place tomatoes, zucchini, squash, peppers, onion, cucumber, olives, and cheese in a large bowl. Add cooled spaghetti noodles and mix well.
3. In a small bowl, mix together dressing, Parmesan cheese, paprika, garlic powder. Pour on top of the spaghetti and vegetables and mix until completely combined. Optional: sprinkle the top with Salad Supreme.
4. Let sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving (this salad gets better with time!)
Recipe from

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Don't forget to enter the Summer Selfie Contest. Post your selfie on our Facebook and share it. The person with the most likes and shares at the end of Summer wins an iPad!!!

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild fund raiser

NSO is excited to announce that we will be fund raising for The Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild in the months of June, July, and August. This group of 10-17 year old girls fund raise to help patients of Seattle Children's Hospital with their uncompensated medical care. For every 30 Lyon's Loot our patients donate NSO will give $10 to the Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild. We are also collecting cash donations at the front desk. For more info please visit their website.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Braces Friendly Recipe-Patriotic Ice Cream Soda

PATRIOTIC ICE CREAM SODA – a delicious way to celebrate July 4th and National Ice Cream Month!

Vanilla ice cream
Strawberry syrup
Mountain Dew Blue Voltage Soda
Whipped cream

  • Scoop a layer of ice cream in the bottom of your glass and drizzle some strawberry syrup on top.
  • Repeat layers until the glass is filled.
  • Slowly pour soda into glass.
  • Top with whipped cream and an extra drizzle of strawberry syrup.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sangria Punch For Kids


There's nothing like sangria to add a refreshing chill to summer. This fruity cranberry-citrus punch has no alcohol, so anyone can enjoy it.

• 1 qt. (4 cups) cold reduced-calorie cranberry juice cocktail
• 1 cup cold orange juice
• 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
• 3/4 cup Country Time Lemonade or Pink Lemonade Flavor Drink Mix
• 3 cups cold club soda
• 2 oranges, sliced
• 2 limes, sliced
• Stir first 4 ingredients in 2-qt. glass or plastic pitcher until mix is dissolved and refrigerate until ready to serve.
• Add club soda and fruit; stir. Serve in ice-filled glasses.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Check out this great braces friendly recipe from 

• 2 medium zucchini, quartered and cut into large pieces
• 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
• 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
• 1 clove of garlic, sliced
• ½ cup dry bread crumbs
• ¼ cup olive oil
• Paprika to taste
• Salt to taste
• Pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2. In a medium baking pan, toss together the zucchini, potatoes, red bell pepper, garlic, bread crumbs, and olive oil. Season with paprika, salt, and pepper.
3. Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender and lightly brown.

Monday, June 1, 2015


Electric or manual – that is the question!   The reality is that it’s essential to brush your teeth – and whether you’re using a manual toothbrush or an electric option, the important factor is completing a thorough, two-minute brush twice a day.
In saying this, there are some pros and cons to consider when making the decision to use a manual or electronic toothbrush. Top of the line electric toothbrushes are clinically shown to remove more plaque and achieve healthier gums. They are easy to use, less work, more fun for children and most of them have a built-in timer that encourages correct brushing times.  Of course, they do have some drawbacks, like cost and they don’t travel well. 
Manual toothbrushes have some obvious advantages as well.  They are inexpensive, require no charging or batteries, more flexible on the teeth, and they are easier to travel with. 
Regardless of your personal preference of electric or manual toothbrushes, we do recommend that you select a soft-bristle toothbrush as they are safer for aggressive brushers.   And, don’t forget to change your toothbrush (or electric toothbrush head) every 3-6 months. 

Electric or manual – just brush! 

Friday, May 15, 2015


Saving Lives Everyday

Monday May 18th 2015

11:00am to 5:00pm

(Closed 1pm-2pm)

North Seattle Orthodontics

To sign up, contact Crystal Williamson at 206-523-1047 or

Walk-In Donors Welcome on the Day Of!!

Photo I.D. Required

Double Your Impact By Bringing A Co-Worker Along!