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.