Thursday, August 25, 2016

Wire Talk

Going back to school with braces will be a new experience for many of you.  The good news is that you are certainly not alone.  A lot of patients prefer to get their braces on during the summer months.  Just look around and you will see many new smiles under construction at your school!

Here are a few tips to help you transition into the school year while staying on target with your orthodontic treatment goals:

  1. Remember to avoid crunchy and chewy foods at lunch.  Also, be sure to cut questionable food into small bite size pieces and chew very carefully with your back teeth.
  2. Take a couple of minutes after lunch to brush your teeth to be certain you don’t have food trapped in your braces.
  3. Scheduling your adjustment appointments in advance will improve your chances of getting after school appointments.
  4. If you are wearing rubber bands, be sure you have them with you and stay on the schedule we have given you.
  5. If you are wearing a retainer, be sure to bring your retainer case to school.   That is one of the most common places that patients lose their retainers!
  6. As tempting as it is in class and while studying, avoid chewing on pencils or even holding them between the teeth as it can place a large amount of pressure on the teeth.  This can cause teeth to shift or crack, and can break your brackets! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

CHOCOLATE CHIP CHEESECAKE BARS:  So easy – so delicious!

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
1 egg
½ cup coconut, if desired
1 roll (16.5 oz.) Pillsbury™ refrigerated chocolate chip cookies

  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • In small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and egg until smooth. Stir in coconut.
  • In ungreased, 9- or 8-inch square pan, break up half of cookie dough. With floured fingers, press dough evenly in bottom of pan to form crust. Spread cream cheese mixture over dough. Crumble and sprinkle remaining half of dough over cream cheese mixture.
  • Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch. Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until chilled. For bars, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Store in refrigerator.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Tatot Tot Nachos

TATOR TOT NACHOS – Kids LOVE tator tots and they LOVE nachos.  Here is a great combination that is actually braces friendly because there are no chips!


1. Prepare tater tots according to package directions.
2. While the tater tots cook, brown ground beef with onion and taco seasoning in a skillet until no longer pink; drain.
3. To serve, place tater tots on a plate and top with the meat mixture followed by lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream, and salsa. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Wire Talk

Did you know that Invisalign technology is an option for teens between the ages of 13-19?  It makes having straight teeth possible with almost no change to the busy and fun teen lifestyle! 
Invisalign Teen treatment accommodates the natural eruption of cuspids and second bicuspids by allowing us to prescribe the room necessary for the erupting teeth.  Power ridges will aid us in finishing with an impressive end result. 
With the flexibility of removing the aligners, one of the most significant concerns for patients in this age group was compliance.  To address this concern Invisalign added compliance indicators to Invisalign Teen.  The indicators fade from blue to clear as a gauge of the approximate aligner wear time.  Not only does this allow us to know the actual wear time; a compliance indicator keycard lets the patient and parent establish a baseline and track the compliance indicator changes as well. 

Another key feature to Invisalign for Teens is the addition of up to six complimentary replacement aligners to combat the issues of lost trays should the patient lose or break their aligners.  Parents will appreciate this perk as there is normally a replacement cost for these aligners with traditional Invisalign.  Be sure to let all the teens in your life know that Invisalign could be a very good “invisible” solution to their orthodontic needs!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Braces Friendly Recipe-Slow Cooker Monkey Bread

Make your favorite Monkey a slow cooker! Use Grands! Cinnamon Rolls instead of biscuits for a new twist on an old favorite, then set it in the crockpot and forget it!


·   2 cans Grands! Cinnamon Rolls (5 per can)
·   1/4 cup granulated sugar
·   1 teaspoon cinnamon
·   1/2 cup brown sugar
·   1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted


  1. Open each can of cinnamon rolls. Reserve the icing. Cut each roll into 6 pieces.
  2. Place the granulated sugar and cinnamon in a gallon size Ziploc bag. Add the cut up cinnamon rolls (the pieces will fall apart a little) to the bag. Seal and shake to coat the pieces with cinnamon sugar.
  3. Stir together the brown sugar and melted butter.
  4. Spray a 5-7 quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Place half the dough pieces in the bottom of the slow cooker. Pour half the melted butter mixture over the top, then add the rest of the cinnamon roll pieces and the rest of the melted butter.
  5. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high power for about 2 hours. (Check it at one hour, then again at one and a half hours, just to be safe.) The edges will start to brown, but the top will still be a little gooey looking. Turn off the slow cooker and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
  6. Optional: Drizzle the icing that came with the rolls over the top of the monkey bread in the crockpot, or pour it over like syrup after serving.
  7. Note: Not all slow cookers are created equal. Mine has a high 4 hour setting and that is what I cooked mine on.
  8. Note: The monkey bread will stick as it cools. Serve from the warm slow cooker and make sure that you take it all out before it cools all the way or it’ll require soaking.
Substitute regular Grands! Biscuits for a more traditional flavor. Add 1/2 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips in step 4 for a flavor twist.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Dental News

According to the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), toothbrush holders are the third most germ-borne household item, after dish sponges and kitchen sinks. This is rather expected since toothbrushes are often left damp. Don't forget to clean your toothbrush holder regularly to keep it from accumulating germs!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Braces Friendly Recipe- Tacos in Pasta Shells

Tacos in Pasta Shells – A Braces and Kid Friendly Recipe from that’s perfect for celebrating Cinco de Mayo tomorrow!

  • 1 1/4 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 18 jumbo pasta shells
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup taco sauce
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed tortilla chips
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Chopped tomato, olive, onion, and lettuce for garnish (all optional)

  1. In a large skillet, brown beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add cream cheese, salt and chili powder; mix and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Toss cooked shells in butter.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Fill shells with beef mixture and arrange in a 9x13 inch baking dish; pour taco sauce over shells. Cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove dish from oven and top with Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese and tortilla chips; return dish to oven to cook for 15 minutes more.
  6. Top with sour cream and optional garnishes.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Braces Friendly Recipe


  • 12 ounces Canadian bacon, chopped
  • 6 English muffins, split and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


  1. Place half of the Canadian bacon in a greased 3-qt. or 13x9-in. baking dish; top with English muffins and remaining Canadian bacon. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk and onion powder; pour over top. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. Remove casserole from refrigerator while oven heats. Sprinkle top with paprika. Bake, covered, 35 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
  3. In top of a double boiler or a metal bowl over simmering water, whisk egg yolks, cream, lemon juice and mustard until blended; cook until mixture is just thick enough to coat a metal spoon and temperature reaches 160°, whisking constantly. Reduce heat to very low. Very slowly drizzle in warm melted butter, whisking constantly. Serve immediately with casserole. Yield: 12 servings (1-2/3 cups sauce).

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Braces Friendly Recipe

PB&J CUPS, Recipe from

  • ¼ cup cacao butter or coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup peanut flour
  • 10-15 drops of liquid stevia
  • ½ cup berries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 tsp chia seeds


  1. Start by making the jam - place berries in a saucepan with a splash of water over medium heat. Once they are soft and have cooked down a bit, remove from heat. Mash the berries with a fork, stir in the chia seeds, and then place in the fridge to set.
  2. Melt the cacao butter/coconut oil using a double boiler method or in the microwave. Once melted, stir in the peanut flour and stevia.
  3. Arrange 6 mini liners on a plate. Spoon some of the 'peanut butter' into each liner, just a little more than enough to line the bottom. Try to get some up on the sides of the liners as well. Place in freezer for a few minutes or until they have set.
  4. Once set, fill each with a layer of the berry jam. Try to keep it in the middle of the cup. Then with the remaining 'peanut butter' cover the tops of the cups.
  5. Place in freezer for at least 10 minutes to set.
  6. Then enjoy!
  7. Store in the fridge or freezer.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Braces Friendly Recipe- Chicken Pot Pie Crescent Ring

Chicken Pot Pie Crescent Ring
Here’s a unique spin on an old tradition!

  • 1 bag (10 oz.) frozen microwavable mixed vegetables
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 can (10.75 oz.) condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
·         2 cans (8 oz. each) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

1.       Place oven rack in center position. Heat oven to 375°F.
2.       Cook frozen vegetables in microwave as directed on bag. Cool 1 to 2 minutes. Pour into medium bowl. Add chicken, soup, milk, salt and pepper; stir to combine. Set aside.
3.       Separate 1 can of dough into 4 rectangles. On ungreased large cookie sheet, arrange rectangles perpendicular to each other to form a cross. Corners of one side should touch while leaving a square space in the center.
4.       Separate dough from second can into 4 more rectangles. Arrange rectangles into an "X" that overlaps the cross, leaving an open circle in the center.
5.       Spoon chicken mixture around center of dough; shape into a ring leaving about 1/2 inch of dough in the center.
6.       Pull overhanging dough from outer edge towards center and over filling. Tuck and pinch dough under middle.

7.       Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until golden brown and thoroughly heated.   Recipe courtesy of Pillsbury™

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Wire Talk-Go Wireless with Invisalign

Wire Talk is not always about wires!  Today it is about Invisalign, the non-bracket approach to a new smile.  Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you're wearing. So, you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign is made with 3-D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective.

Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem, and they are very comfortable.  Curious how it works?  You wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss.  As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to the final position we have prescribed. You'll visit us about once every six-eight weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Braces Friendly Recipe- Luck o' the Irish Brownie

Luck o' the Irish Brownie
Any day is a good day for a brownie, so why not make some lucky brownies for St. Patrick’s Day!

  • 4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup margarine, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk, or as needed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 6 drops green food coloring
  • 1 1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1.       Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
2.       Melt the unsweetened chocolate in a cup or small bowl in the microwave. Stir at 15 second intervals until chocolate is smooth. Allow to cool slightly. Transfer to a large bowl, and stir in the margarine and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Stir in the flour just until blended. Pour the batter into the prepared dish and spread evenly.
3.       Bake in the preheated oven until the surface appears dry and the sides are beginning to pull away from the edges of the pan, 20 to 25 minutes. The brownies may look more like cake and may jiggle slightly in the center- this is normal. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan set over a wire rack.
4.       To make the middle layer, beat 1/2 cup of butter with confectioners' sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer. Add milk as needed to get a spreadable consistency. Stir in the peppermint extract and green food coloring. Spread this over the cooled pan of brownies. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
5.       In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate chips with the butter until melted. Stir every 20 seconds until chocolate is smooth. Stir in vanilla and then pour over the chilled brownies and quickly spread to cover the surface. Cool again until firm, about 10 minutes, then cut into squares and serve.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Jimmy Fallon's Crock Pot Chili

Jimmy Fallon's Crock-Pot Chili

Today is National Chili Day, so let’ make some chili!  Here is the recipe that everyone’s favorite late night talk show host, Jimmy Fallon, uses. 



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 1/2 pounds ground chuck beef, ground for chili
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 habanero chili, seeded and very finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes, coarsely chopped with their juices
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for serving
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle amber beer
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Tortilla chips, for serving
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, for serving
  • Chopped tomatoes, for serving
  • Sour cream, for serving
  • Lime wedges, for serving



  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches if necessary, add beef and cook until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; drain in a colander, discarding fat, and set aside.
  2. Add remaining tablespoon olive oil to skillet and reduce heat to medium. Add onions, garlic, and habanero; season with salt. Cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. In a 6-quart Crock-Pot, combine beef, onion mixture, chili powder, oregano, cumin, and cayenne pepper; stir to combine. Add tomatoes, cilantro, and beer; cover and cook on high, stirring occasionally, for 5 hours.
  4. Add kidney beans and season with salt and pepper. (Jimmy smashes half the beans – why?  Nobody knows!)
  5. Continue to cook, uncovered, until thickened, about 30 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve with desired toppings.

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Correct Order of Bedtime Hygiene


                 The Correct Order of Brushing, Flossing, and Using Mouthwash:
1.  Floss or Use a Waterpik to completely clean between teeth. 
2.  Brush your teeth with a low-abrasive, fluoride toothpaste.
3.Rinse for 30 seconds to 1 minute with a fluoride containing mouthwash

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Braces Friendly Recipe

Valentine’s Creamy Jigglers

Also Known As: CUPID BREAKFAST A creamy mixture of red fruit-flavored gelatin and vanilla pudding is chilled, then cut into heart shapes for a fun snack or dessert.  This is as braces-friendly as it gets!



  • 2-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 pkg. (6 oz. each) JELL-O Gelatin, any red flavor
  • 1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
  • 1 cup cold milk



  • Add boiling water to combined gelatin mixes in medium bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Let stand at room temperature 30 min. to cool.
  • Beat pudding mix and milk in medium bowl with whisk 2 min. (Pudding will be thick.) Add to gelatin; stir until blended. Pour into 13x9-inch pan.
  • Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm. Dip bottom of pan in warm water 15 sec. Cut into 24 decorative shapes using 2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutters, being careful to cut all the way through gelatin mixture to bottom of pan. Lift JIGGLERS from pan.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Children's Dental Health Month Facts

As we celebrate CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH in February, we would like to remind you that the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends the following for good oral health that can help children (and adults) have a healthy and beautiful smile:


1.       Brush your teeth twice a day with ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.

2.       Clean between teeth daily with floss or an inter-dental cleaner.  Decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach.

3.       Eat a balanced diet and limit between meal snacks to healthy items like fruits, raw vegetables, plain yogurt or cheese.

4.       Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.

5.       Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.  The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth, allowing you to reach all areas easily.

6.       Thoroughly rinse toothbrushes with tap water after brushing to remove any remaining toothpaste and debris.  Store the brush in an upright position if possible and allow the toothbrush to air-dry until used again.

7.       Do not share toothbrushes!

8.       Replace your toothbrush every three or four months or sooner if the bristles become frayed. 
Additional Note for people in Braces:  Use your proxy brush daily between teeth, and over/under brackets

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

National Children's Health Month

Every year, we like to promote the American Dental Associations’ National Children’s Dental Health Month in February.  NCDHM is meant to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.  The ADA’s theme this year is “Sugar Wars” (wonder where that came from) and their message is simple and effective:

  • Brush 2 minutes, 2 times a day.
  • Clean between your teeth daily.
  • Limit snacks, eat healthy meals.
  • Visit your dentist regularly.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Chocolate Pudding Cake

Chocolate Pudding Cake
Since we are celebrating Chocolate Cake Day today, here is an amazingly fluffy and gooey and yummy cake!

  • Butter, room temperature, for baking dish
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus more for baking dish
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature, separated
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and set a kettle of water on to boil.
  2. Butter a shallow 2-quart baking dish; coat with granulated sugar, tapping out excess.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks with granulated sugar until lightened in color.
  4. Whisk in melted chocolate; set aside.
  5. In a large, clean bowl, using an electric mixer on high, beat egg whites with salt until soft peaks form.
  6. Whisk 1/3 of whites into chocolate mixture. Add remaining whites, and gently fold with a rubber spatula just until combined (do not overmix).
  7. Transfer batter to prepared baking dish. Set dish in a roasting pan, and pour enough boiling water into pan to come about 1 inch up side of dish.
  8. Bake until puffed and just set (center of cake should barely move when jiggled), 25 to 35 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes; dust with confectioners' sugar just before serving.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Wire Talk

A New Year reminder of the importance of having your regular 6-month dental cleanings while in Orthodontic treatment.   Your Dentist and Dental Hygienist play a very important role in your treatment at our practice.  Be sure that you have your next cleaning already scheduled!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

National Popcorn Day

Today is National Popcorn Day!  We know, you can’t have popcorn with braces.  BUT, you can have Pirate’s Booty.  It’s a great alternative to traditional popcorn and it’s braces friendly, so enjoy some today.  Just remember to brush and floss afterwards!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Donations for Cranio Care Bears

NSO is happy to announce that we will be collecting donations of cash or supplies for our friends at Cranio Care Bears through March 2016. You can also donate your Lyon's Loot! For every 30 Lyon's Loot Collected NSO will donate $10 to Cranio Care Bears.

Braces Friendly Recipe

Since January 6TH Is National Bean Day “and” January is National Soup Month, of course we need a bean soup recipe and this one is delicious and can be made in just 25 minutes!

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup baby carrots, halved
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 7 ounces turkey kielbasa, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 (15.8-ounce) cans Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (6-ounce) bag fresh baby spinach leaves

  • Heat a large saucepan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat.
  • Add carrots, onion, garlic, and kielbasa; sauté 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Reduce heat to medium; cook 5 minutes.
  • Add the broth, Italian seasoning, pepper, and beans.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes.
  • Place 2 cups of the soup in a food processor or blender, and process until smooth.
  • Return the pureed mixture to pan. Simmer an additional 5 minutes.
  • Remove soup from heat.
  • Add the spinach, stirring until spinach wilts.

Adding turkey kielbasa lends this hearty soup recipe a rich, slow-simmered flavor even though it takes just 25 minutes to make.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Everyone is lining up for tickets to see THE FORCE AWAKENS, the latest episode from the Star Wars series. We wanted to get in on the action so we’re hosting a Star Wars contest in our practice! All you have to do to enter is match pictures of some famous Star Wars characters to their name for a chance to win a Star Wars Movie Basket! Be sure to enter at your next appointment or drop by and enter any time!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from North Seattle Orthodontics! We wish all our patients, their families, and our Facebook friends a Happy New Year filled with lots of blessings and beautiful smiles!