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Tips for Going to the Movies with Braces

November 8th, 2018

Who doesn’t love a fun night at the movies with friends or family? From the big screen picture to the surround sound to the delicious snacks, the immersive experience of the movie theater can lift anyone’s spirits. If you are wearing metal braces or clear braces, however, you’ll need to take a moment to rethink the snacks from the concession stand. Eat one of those large bags of popcorn, and you’ll end up in our chair faster than you can say “extra butter.” So NO Popcorn with Kernels!

This doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun snack while you sit back in the movie theater chair and smile along with your friends.

Here are just a few examples of foods that go great with movies AND braces!

Soft Pretzels: Hot, salty, and buttery, but without the dangerous crunch – soft pretzels are a great alternative to popcorn. Don’t forget the cheesy sauce for dipping!

Hot Dogs: You can’t go wrong with a soft bun and juicy hot dog, and most if not all of the toppings are safe bets, too.

Pizza: Pizza can a good option as long as the crust isn’t overly chewy or crunchy. If it is, that might tweak your brackets or irritate tender gums.

Chocolate Candy: Sticky treats like Skittles, caramel, Sour Patch Kids, gummy worms, and licorice can cause problems with your brackets. Instead, chocolate candies including M&Ms, Hershey’s Kisses, Kit Kats, Mounds bars, Sno-Caps, and Reese’s Pieces are a much safer bet.

Ice Cream and Other Frozen Goodies: Many movie theaters now carry a variety of frozen desserts, and some luxury outlets even have milkshakes, slushies, and smoothies. Everything from ice cream sandwiches to bonbons to sundaes is fine, but think twice about blended treats with hard candies mixed into them.

Snacks from Home: If your movie theater doesn’t mind you bringing your own snacks, consider packing a few things to bring to the movies that are safe for your braces. Some ideas of what you can bring include soft fruit (bananas, berries, grapes, or orange segments), string cheese, cucumber slices and hummus, rolled up cold cuts, or baked chips and salsa.

This article is not meant as medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to know more about braces, call us at 630.907.9680 or 847.961.5515.

How To Alleviate Discomfort After Your Braces Are Put On

October 29th, 2016

One of the most common misconceptions about braces is that they are painful to have put on and adjusted. While getting braces placed on your teeth is NOT painful, your gums and teeth will most likely be sore for a little bit. The discomfort after braces can last anywhere from a few days to a week. Discomfort or soreness after new braces, is caused by your teeth and body adjusting. It is very likely that you can experience the braces rubbing against your gums and cheeks. The discomfort is usually mild and there are several things you can try to alleviate, or help any soreness. Try these tips to reduce discomfort and adjust to your new braces as quickly as possible ☺

USE ORTHODONTIC WAX
When your braces are put on or adjusted, our assistants will give you a special wax that can be applied to the braces to act as a barrier or band aide, between the brackets and your cheeks and lips. Applying orthodontic wax to your gums, teeth, and braces can reduce discomfort while preventing gum irritation from the friction between your new braces and your mouth.
Simply break off a small piece of the wax and form a small mold with your fingers before applying it to any area where the bracket irritates your mouth. This wax is non-toxic, but remember to remove it before eating, brushing, or flossing. Apply more wax after each meal or as needed.

SALT WATER RINSES
Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water a few times a day can help heal sores and cuts on your cheeks and gums while reducing mild swelling and discomfort. Make a simple salt water rinse by mixing one teaspoon of table salt into a glass of warm water. Swish the rinse around in your mouth for about one minute before spitting it out.

ENJOY SOME COLD TREATS
Frozen or cold treats like popsicles and ice cream help numb the cheeks and gums to quickly reduce soreness. Frozen foods and ice can also reduce mild swelling in the gums.

MASSAGE YOUR GUMS
Whenever you feel discomfort, try rubbing your gums with an ice cube then rubbing your fingers gently over your gums. This can reduce swelling and numb your gums against mild pain.

AVOID CERTAIN FOODS
Some foods should be avoided when you have braces. Some of these foods can damage your braces while others can get stuck in the brackets or cause discomfort while chewing. The list of foods to avoid include:
▪ Gummy or sticky foods like taffy and soft caramel
▪ Foods with a tough texture or hard surface like apples and bagels
▪ Corn on the cob
▪ Chewing gum
▪ Ribs and beef jerky
▪ Popcorn
▪ Raw carrots

Call Varghese Orthodontics to schedule your complimentary consultation with us in our North Aurora and Huntley areas today. Remember that every beautiful smile begins with healthy, straight teeth, and that is the goal of Dr. Varghese and our team at Varghese Orthodontics ☺

Summer is Almost Here! Tips to do Before Getting Your Braces On :)

May 6th, 2015

The school year is coming to a close way too fast! This is the perfect time to schedule your appointment, as our patients will not have to be taken out of school and will be well adjusted with braces before they go back in the Fall 2015!

So.... Congratulations! You are taking the next step to a beautiful, more functional smile at Varghese Orthodontics. As with anything that is good for you, there are a few things you will have to avoid to get that "Amazing Varghese Smile".

As many of our patients already know from talking to their friends and the like, there are some foods you will have to avoid while in braces :(
Some foods listed below while wearing braces should be avoided:
1.) Beef jerky (anything really tough)
2.) Taffy (anything really chewy)
3.) Pizza Crust (anything really hard)
4.) Popcorn with kernels (Pirates Booty is a really great alternative! Popcorn with kernels and typically the culprit for broken brackets, bent wires and sometime.... infections)

The reason why we say to stay away from these kinds of foods is because the more likely you're going to break a bracket and bend your wires. Ultimately, this can ruin your day by sending you back to repair the broken appliance. Not so much fun :(

Dr. Shaun and our entire staff will go over exactly what you can and can not eat during your treatment, so.... bring all your questions as we want to make your experience with Varghese Orthodontics as enjoyable as possible :)

So, you can indulge now and remember, this won't be forever , so hang in there. We will have a surprise for you at the very end :)

Please call today for your complete complimentary consultation!

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