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Ring in the Holidays with Braces-Friendly Recipes

Looking for a braces-friendly holiday recipe? Look no further! The holiday season has arrived, which means holiday parties are coming up fast. If you or your child just got braces, you may be wondering what you can eat this holiday season. But don’t worry! We’ve compiled a few orthodontic-approved recipes that are sure to keep your mouth and your appliances happy.

Texas Hash

If biting into a tough, chewy serving of turkey or ham doesn’t sound appealing with your braces, Texas Hash makes a good alternative with plenty of protein and flavor.

Ingredients

  • tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef, 80/20
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup long grain white rice
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, optional and not shown in our photo

Instructions

  1. Using a skillet with a tight-fitting cover, heat olive oil over medium high.
  2. Add onion, peppers, garlic, ground beef, dry mustard, chili powder, salt and pepper. Sauté until ground beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef as you cook.
  3. Add rice and cook for two minutes letting rice absorb liquid.
  4. Add tomato paste and cook for one minute.
  5. Add canned tomatoes with juice, water and Worcestershire sauce. Stir, cover and simmer for 20 minutes covered.
  6. After 20 minutes, remove lid and fluff the mixture then serve. If the mixture is to wet, cook for another few minutes with lid off.
  7. If you are using the cheese, sprinkle on top for last few minutes of cooking time with lid on.

Slow Cooker Buttery Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a holiday dinner staple. Try livening up your typical mashed potatoes with this delicious recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds red potatoes, washed and chopped into 2-inch pieces (you don't need to peel them)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley (or 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried or fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Add chopped potatoes to a greased slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2 – 3 hours or on low or 5 – 6 hours on low.
  2. When potatoes are cooked and fork-tender, add all remaining ingredients (let the butter melt for a couple of minutes). Use a hand mixer or a masher to mash the potatoes. Serve warm.

Gingerbread Smoothie

To give sore mouths the treat they deserve, try this lightly sweet smoothie.

Ingredients

  • 1 generous cup milk I use unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or molasses
  • 1 small chilled apple chopped (use a sweet variety, or swap for a small frozen banana)
  • 1 cup scoop vanilla protein powder or 1/3 vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Ground cloves
  • 1-2 cups ice
  • Whipped cream or crumbled gingersnaps optional garnishes

Instructions
Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

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If you need any help with what foods to eat while you’re in braces, contact us at any time. On behalf of all of us at Olson Orthodontics, have a happy holiday season!

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What Sets Us Apart

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Invisalign

Invisalign® FAQ

Invisalign is a system of clear aligners that slowly move your teeth without the look of traditional braces. If you’re looking for an alternative to braces that’s just as effective, Invisalign may be a great option for you. We hope the following frequently asked questions will help you get some answers on this popular new treatment type.

How does it work?

First, we will take impressions of your teeth a scan of your teeth and send them it off to a lab to create multiple sets of aligners. Each set is custom-made to adjust your teeth little by little gradually each week. You’ll replace your upper and lower aligners on the same day every week until your teeth move to their final positions.

How long is my treatment time?

Most patients finish treatment in nine 9 to 15 18 months. However, it’s important to note that your exact treatment time will vary depending on the severity of your needs and the health of your teeth and gums. When you come to our office for an evaluation, we can give you a better idea of your treatment length.

When should I wear my aligners?

To have a successful treatment, you must wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours every day. You need to remove your aligners to eat and drink anything other than cold-to-lukewarm water, as well as when you brush and floss your teeth. Be sure to put your aligners back in as soon as you’re done eating or cleaning your teeth to wear them for as close to the recommended hours as possible.

How am I supposed to clean my aligners?

Every morning and night, you should brush your aligners with a soft toothbrush and rinse them in lukewarm water. Be sure to keep your aligners away from hot water, as this can warp the material. If possible, we also recommend brushing after meals. It’s a good idea to keep a travel toothbrush and toothpaste on hand while you’re out of the house to brush more easily during the day. We have a product called Eversmile that is a great cleaner for your aligners, also.

Do I have to wear a retainer?

Yes. After treatment is complete, we will provide you with a retainer to wear to keep your teeth from moving back to their original positions. We strongly encourage patients to wear their retainer for as long as we prescribe. If teeth begin to move back, you risk increasing your treatment costs and extending your treatment length.

What is the cost of Invisalign?

The overall cost of Invisalign can range from patient to patient. Some dental health plans include orthodontic coverage, while others may not. During your initial consultation we can assess your smile and determine your exact treatment plan and insurance benefits to give you a cost estimate.

When can I start?

If you’re interested in starting Invisalign treatment, contact our office to schedule a consultation. Dr. Olson can evaluate your orthodontic needs and help determine if Invisalign is right for you. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Our doctors and team hold themselves to a higher standard of professionalism and excellence. We strive to ensure each patient receives the quality care and treatment they deserve. So we are thrilled to hear your experience has met your standards of quality and professionalism.

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National Orthodontic Health Month

National Orthodontic Health Month

National Orthodontic Health Month starts in October! As you sip pumpkin spice lattes and bundle up in fall sweaters, remember that now is a great time to start orthodontic treatment.

All month long, we’ll be celebrating orthodontic health and sharing the benefits of investing in your smile. Here are just a few reasons why you should start orthodontic treatment today!

Prevent Cavities

Overcrowded teeth can cause a myriad of problems. Without enough space between each tooth, you may find it difficult to properly brush and floss all surfaces. Spaces in between teeth can also become problematic, as they lead to overcrowding in other areas. By straightening your teeth, we can help prevent cavities from forming and improve your oral health.

Solve Bite Issues

If you or your child suffers from a misaligned bite, it can become hard to do simple tasks like chewing, speaking, or even just closing your mouth completely. With orthodontic treatment, we can improve your bite and help the teeth and jaws to correctly fit together. If left untreated, overbites, underbites, crossbites, and openbites can get worse later in life and require additional treatment. Even patients with sleep apnea may see a decrease in snoring and other symptoms thanks to orthodontic treatment.

Reduce TMJ Symptoms

Do you wake up with jaw soreness and dull headaches? You may suffer from TMJ disorder, which can cause you to grind your teeth while you sleep. With orthodontic treatment, we can help eliminate your symptoms and give you a healthy bite.

Improve Self-Confidence

Have you ever felt embarrassed about your smile? We can help! With a healthy, aligned bite and straight teeth, you can feel confident in your smile for the first time ever! We truly believe that orthodontic treatment is a great investment in your overall happiness and well-being.

If you’re ready to get started, contact us to schedule your consultation!

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Brushing with Braces or Invisalign®

Brushing with braces can take some getting used to. When you get braces or Invisalign, proper oral health is crucial to keeping your teeth and gums healthy throughout treatment. Throughout the day, food and drink accumulate around your orthodontic appliances. Without a thorough cleaning, plaque can build up more easily than without braces and lead to stained teeth, bad breath, cavities, and gingivitis.

To keep your teeth and appliances in good shape, follow these cleaning tips.

Brush your teeth after meals and before bed.

Perhaps the biggest change in your teeth-cleaning habits will be how often you brush. While you’re in treatment, we recommend brushing after every meal. This will ensure that you’re scrubbing off any food particles that may be trapped in your appliances. After a few days, brushing immediately after eating will become a habit.

To make brushing on the go easy, you can carry a travel toothbrush and toothpaste with you. If brushing at work or school isn’t possible, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water to help wash away food particles. If you have Invisalign, we recommending at least rinsing your aligners out if you’re unable to brush before putting them back in after a meal. Be sure to give your teeth and orthodontic appliances a proper brushing at your next earliest convenience.

Get hard-to-reach spots with a proxy brush and super-flossers.

If you’re wearing brackets and wires, a proxy brush is a great tool for cleaning areas around your appliances. If you tend to have heavy plaque buildup, we also recommend trying an Airflosser or WaterPik.

Use a fluoride mouthwash.

Dr. Lauren may have prescribed a prescription fluoride toothpaste for you to use twice daily, or a fluoride rinse to use nightly for thirty seconds. Fluoride helps tooth enamel stay strong, and the act of rinsing helps to ensure any food and plaque you scrubbed while brushing and flossing rinses clean away.

Schedule regular dental checkups.

Regardless of your treatment type, continue to see your dentist every six months as you normally do. Contact your dentist about recommended teeth cleanings.

If you have any questions about brushing with braces, contact our office at any time!

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Our doctors and staff hold themselves to a higher standard of professionalism and excellence. We strive to ensure each patient receives the quality care and treatment they deserve. So we are thrilled to hear your experience has met your standards of quality and professionalism.

Most of all, we want all of our patients to know that they are a valuable part of the family here at Olson Orthodontics and their opinions and feelings are very important to us. That is why we encourage all patients to review their experience with our office.

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Mouthguards: Protecting Your Smile

Mouthguards can keep your teeth and gums as well as your jaw protected from injury. If you play sports or other physical activities, Olson Orthodontics strongly recommends that you purchase a mouthguard to keep your teeth and orthodontic appliances safe.

Staying Safe While Staying Active

Many of our patients, especially those who are still in school and active on sports teams, continue to participate in extracurricular activities throughout treatment. Whether you’re in braces or Invisalign, protect your mouth from unexpected injuries with a mouthguard.

In addition to injuring your teeth, gums, and jaw, playing sports also increases your risk of damaging your braces. In most minor cases, you can make repairs at home. However, some severe injuries may damage your appliances beyond repair. If this happens, you may need to pay additional fees to replace your broken appliances.

If you experience a serious injury to your mouth or orthodontic appliance, call our office immediately. Delaying a repair appointment can cause long-term damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw, and may lengthen your overall treatment time. This can also cause an increase in costs to your treatment plan. While we will do everything we can to work with your family’s budget, we must charge for certain broken and damaged appliances. If you have any questions about payments or mouthguards, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Choosing the Right Mouthguard for You

While there are different types available, the most effective option is a custom-made mouthguard. We can ensure they fit the size of your mouth and cover your teeth properly. If you’re interested in a mouthguard but want to learn more about the types we offer and the estimated costs, contact our office! We can help recommend one that will work best with your daily routine and activities.

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Our doctors and staff hold themselves to a higher standard of professionalism and excellence. We strive to ensure each patient receives the quality care and treatment they deserve. So we are thrilled to hear your experience has met your standards of quality and professionalism.

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Teeth Straightening

Teeth Straightening: What to Expect

Teeth straightening is an exciting journey—an investment that can truly change your life! Now that you’ve decided to see an orthodontist, you’re probably wondering what happens next. When are you getting braces? What is the first appointment like? First, contact us to request an appointment. A member of our team will contact you soon to verify your appointment and get you in our schedule.

So, what happens at the first appointment?

Your First Visit

During your initial consultation, Dr. Olson will complete a thorough exam of your teeth, gums, and jaw to determine what treatment will work best for you. During this comprehensive evaluation of your smile, she will note any alignment and bite issues to come up with your customized treatment plan. Throughout the visit, you will also get to meet our staff and get a tour of the office. After the exam, Dr. Olson will take any photos and x-rays necessary for complete diagnosis of orthodontic issues.

Invisalign®

At Olson Orthodontics, we are proud to offer multiple types of braces, including Invisalign. However, depending on your treatment needs, you may not be the best candidate for Invisalign. Some patients may benefit more from traditional metal braces or more invasive treatment options like orthognathic surgery. In any case, Dr. Olson will recommend the best treatment that will work as comfortably and quickly as possible.

Fees and Payments

When the exam is complete, you will meet with Dr. Olson to discuss your appliances, the estimated length of your treatment, and all costs and payment plans. We have multiple payment options and are happy to work within your budget. We will also submit insurance claims on your behalf to help make your treatment as easy as possible for you.

Are you ready to get started? Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation and get a healthy smile for life!