MORE of Meg’s Easy Top 5 (healthier) Braces Friendly Recipes

More Braces Recipes

 

If you haven’t checked out my blog post featuring my first top five healthier braces friendly recipes, check that out here!

I couldn’t just leave you guys with five recipes! I’m back with five more healthy recipes that are braces friendly, for kids and adults (sometimes I forget I’m an adult… with braces). Get ready to be blown away with how easy these recipes are, not mention how nice they’ll feel on those freshly tightened teeth.

1. Effortless (Chicken) Fried Rice (serves 6)

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. Boneless Chicken Breast (This ingredient is optional. If you cut the chicken into small pieces, you will most likely be able to chew without any discomfort after a tightening! If you choose not to add chicken, skip over the steps concerning this ingredient.)
  • 2 pouches of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice Teriyaki Style rice
  • 1 cup Green Onion stalks, cut
  • 1 cup Onion, cut
  • 2 fresh Eggs
  • Olive Oil/Canola Oil/your preferred oil
  • Low Sodium Soy Sauce to taste
  • Desired seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic salt, etc.)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking dish with foil. Spray or brush both sides of chicken breast with oil, and sprinkle with desired seasonings. Bake for 10 minutes, flip to the other side, lightly spray/brush again and bake for 8-10 more minutes, or until juices run clear when pierced with a fork (it’s fine to make a small slit in the thickest part and see if it’s done!). Transfer the baked chicken breast to a plate. Loosely cover with foil and allow to rest 5 minutes before cutting into small pieces.
  2. Microwave rice according to package directions and set aside. Watch out! It’ll be HOT!
  3. Heat oil in a large, deep skillet on medium heat. Add onion and 1/2 green onion and “stir fry” until vegetables are tender, about 3-5 minutes. Push vegetables to the outside edges of the skillet to open up the center. Crack eggs into the center of the skillet and scramble with a fork or plastic spatula. When eggs are cooked through, combine with vegetables.
  4. Add the chicken, rice and soy sauce and mix well. Top with remaining ½ cup of green onion.
  5. Serve up immediately or store in airtight containers in the fridge for later.

Why this meal? Fried rice is one of my favorite comfort foods. This hits the spot without spending money on take-out, and it’s so much better for you. Not to mention, it’s soft for your mouth and braces! I super impressed with how my rice turned out, too. So yummy! I had it every day for lunch one week and couldn’t complain once.

 

2. Smooth Greek Yogurt Mac-n-Cheese (with Spinach!) (multiple servings)

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. Elbow Pasta (You can really pick whatever pasta you prefer; just cook it according to the box directions.)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 cups fresh Spinach
  • 8 oz. Cheese (Your preference.)
  • Desired seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, etc.)
  • (I also added a bit of milk to make it creamier)

Instructions:

  1. Cook the macaroni according to the package’s instructions, making sure to use a pot with ample room.
  2. Place the spinach leaves in the bottom of a strainer, and pour the cooked pasta over top to drain and wilt the spinach. Save about 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Return the cooked macaroni and wilted spinach to the pot.
  3. Add about 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water to the pot, and stir in the cheese slowly until melted. Stir in the Greek yogurt, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, etc. until smooth and creamy. Stir in the remaining pasta water to thin, if necessary. Add milk if desired.
  4. Serve immediately or place in airtight containers in the fridge for later.

Why this meal? Tender, warm pasta is so satisfying when your mouth hurts and your head hurts and you just don’t feel good at all. This meal is simple and easy to make and save for later that I actually made it the day before I got my braces tightened, and I’m so glad I did. Just watch out for the spinach; sometimes it likes to stick around. Just brush after eating to keep from having an embarrassing conversations with spinach caught in your brackets. You could skip the spinach all together if you like, but I loved the taste and nutrients.

 

3. Made-Easy Microwave Cinnamon Apple Cubes (single serving)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cubed Apple of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Put butter and apples in a microwavable bowl. Microwave on high for about 2 minutes.  Remove and stir the butter and apples.
  2. Make a mixture of Cinnamon and Sugar – about 2 tablespoons of sugar to 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Then sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mixture over the apples.
  3. Stir the cinnamon, sugar and apples well. Then microwave for about 2 more minutes or until the apples are soft and tender.

Why this meal? Not only are apples good for you, but this sweet treat feels great on those sore gums. It’s a great alternative to other sweet snacks and only takes moments to make. I used a red apple but you can use whatever you like! This also can work for pears or other “hard” fruits that you like!

 

4. Basic Hashbrown-Omelette Bites (12 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 36 Tater-Tots
  • 8 fresh Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheese of your choice
  • Omelet filling: meat (sausage, bacon, ham, etc.) & veggies (onion, red and/or green peppers, spinach, mushrooms, etc.)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease the muffin tin.
  2. Microwave your tater tots for a minute or two to thaw. Then place 3 in each muffin tin. Smush them a little in the bottom to cover it.
  3. Bake tater-tots for 10 minutes.
  4. After removing your tots from the oven, lower the temperature to 350 degrees. Sprinkle toppings over each cup.
  5. Whisk together eggs and milk. Pour mixture in each tin, then sprinkle cheese on top of each cup.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until egg is cooked through. To remove from the pan, run a butter knife around the edge of each one to loosen it from the sides and pop them out.
  7. You can freeze these for busy mornings, just pop them in the microwave for a couple of minutes.

Why this meal? Best for busy mornings where you don’t have time to make a healthy breakfast. All of your ingredients can be soft for ease of chewing! I used pre-cooked bacon with onion and it gave them a lovely flavor with a little crunch that didn’t hurt my teeth. These are highly customizable for you and your family!

 

5. Nothing-To-It Chicken & Mashed Potato Bowls (any serving but this can make about 2-3)

Ingredients:

  • Instant Mashed Potatoes, cooked
  • 1 can Corn, drained and cooked
  • Frozen Chicken Nuggets, cooked
  • 1 jar of Brown Gravy, cooked
  • Cheese

Instructions:

  1. When everything is cooked, start adding each item into a bowl in this order:
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Chicken
  • Corn
  • Gravy
  • Cheese

Why this meal? So, so easy! Pick out the favorite organic brands, cook everything soft for your mouth and you’re ready to go with this KFC-like Chicken and Mashed Potato bowl! I reccommend getting chicken nuggets that are lightly breaded. If you get something like “popcorn chicken,” the breading may be too hard to chew. This is also an excellent way to get rid of leftovers like mashed potatoes and veggies.

 

Have any braces-safe recipes of your own? Share them with me in a comment!

I’m hungry, but I already brushed my teeth.

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4/8/15 – I’m super pleased with today’s tightening session! My bottom tooth finally went on the wire! The orthodontist decided to skip the lacings this session on the bottom. I’m happy about that, mostly because I hope this means my bottom teeth won’t be sore for the next 3 weeks.

As for the top, I got a new coil to make space for my front tooth to come forward (finally). The top also has laces but I expected that as the gaps from where my teeth were pulled haven’t closed up much space. The bottom has closed up quite a bit compared to the top but all four spaces have quite a ways to go before the spaces are closed up and natural looking.

The assistant didn’t use new wires this go around, though I wish she had. I had to come in and get the ends snipped off because they were jabbing me in the cheeks. Now they have no room to be bent back against my teeth. I have a feeling I’ll be back before the three week appointment to get this fixed again. As the teeth move, the wire slowly jabs into the sides of my cheek.

This process is not fun in the least, but I can’t argue with the results.

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4/18/15 – My teeth were only sore for a few days after the tightening and it wasn’t unbearable this time. My next tightening is on the 29th and I’m hoping that they’ll use the rubber string to tie my front tooth to the coil. I’ve notice a little movement, mostly from the incisor next to my crooked front tooth. Virtually, I’ve seen no movement from my other front tooth. My bottom teeth are also starting to even out which is very exciting. Maybe it will only take a year with the braces to have my dream of straight teeth.

On a side note: I’ve been beyond stressed out the last few weeks and have woken myself up clenching my teeth. I talked to the dental assistant about this and she said it’s from stress and there is nothing they can do about it. Do you guys have any tips on clenching/grinding your teeth with braces?

Look at All This Good Food I Can’t Eat!

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3/4/15 – So after my third tightening session, I have decided I absolutely loathe going to the orthodontist. I thought it would get better. I was wrong, wrong, wrong.

First, the very nice dental assistant took out the “lacings.” These little wires (4 of them) are laced around the teeth that need to close the 4 gaping holes in my mouth from the teeth that were pulled. Sounds fun right? I noticed the holes very slowly starting to close already. Apparently this was not fast enough.

Second, I knew that my top front tooth, the one that has been my main pain and the hell of an eye-sore, was not going to get put on the wire this go around. There wasn’t enough room for it to come forward even though the lacings were doing their thing.

Third, my bottom teeth were really tender after the coil and were tender today again so I was hoping to say goodbye to the coil and hello to a new bracket and wire on the bottom. I was half right.

And so I sat back in the chair, let her take out my lacings only to have 4 more put back in and tightened so much the wires screamed. I wanted to scream with them. Then the very, very nice assistant smiled and said “I bet you can feel that, huh?” I wanted to slap her pretty face. I knew she was being polite and nice and just doing her job but my gums and teeth are unforgiving so I just said “Yes, I feel it.” when I really wanted to yank her hair.

My bottom tooth has been revealed (hallelujah!) and got a shiny new bracket on it. Sadly the coil has to stay on and help close up the holes so a rubber string was tied to the bracket and coil. Better than nothing at least right?

I know these people know what their doing, I just wish it was going faster. It’s only the third tightening though so I can’t really complain can I?

I will complain about the horrible pain my mouth is in and how I can’t eat again.

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3/14/15 – Quick update! Wow, my bottom teeth have been really active lately, moving and being a pain but it’s looking great! Also, I now have one sensitive tooth. On the top. My right canine. Cold water feels like the arctic has snatched that tooth out. And hot tea feels like Satan has tied a string to my tooth and his ankle and is river-dancing. Fun stuff.

One cool thing though is that bottom tooth popped to the front awfully fast (overnight actually). I really hope they start evening out. Right now there is a curve going on with my bottom teeth. And maybe in April there might possibly be enough room for that top tooth to come onto the wire!

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Meg’s Easy Top 5 (healthier) Braces Friendly Recipes

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While I do love my potato chips, it’s one of the many things you can’t eat after getting your braces tightened. They’re just too hard to eat! If you were like me prior to getting braces, you did a ton of research on things you can and cannot eat during the process of braces and the awful pain that accompanies getting your braces tightened that hinders your ability to eat most things “solid.”

The first two weeks after my first tightening I was bound to a liquid diet. It was horrible. I couldn’t even touch my teeth together. I did the shake thing, the soup thing, the ramen noodle thing, the ice cream/pudding/oatmeal thing. After awhile, you just get tired of that stuff and not all of it is necessarily “healthy” for you and your soon-to-be straight teeth.

I took to the internet to find other recipes I could eat that would fill my stomach and keep my raging gums happy while still being on the healthier side of the food spectrum. Not all of these recipes are exactly healthy but they can be modified for any diet (paleo, no white, etc.). Use your judgement and take your health needs into account when making these for yourself or your kids with braces. All of these recipes can modified as well to be more or less servings! But most of these were make ahead lunches for myself or used for Saturday night dinners for my family.

1. Easy-Peasy Marinara Meatballs (serves 8)

Ingredients:

  • 28-32 Fully Cooked Frozen Meatballs (I prefer the home-style that can be found in the freezer section but you can try your hand at making your own for this meal!)
  • 1 (32 oz.) Jar of Marinara Sauce (Grab your favorite brand or make your own! We actually already had some homemade marinara sauce on hand for this meal.)
  • 2 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (I usually go for a fat free/weight watchers/organic shredded cheese but feel free to switch it up with whatever you like!)

Instructions:

  1. (Skip this step and step 2 if you have cooked your own meatballs!) Brown your meatballs in a pan (preferably a large, deep frying pan) on about medium with a teeny-tiny bit of olive oil.
  2. After browning your cooked meatballs, drain the excess oil from the pan.
  3. With your meatballs in the pan, add your sauce to the pan, coating your meatballs. Set the burner to low and put a lid on it to sit for an hour. (Alternatively you can also cook these meatballs in your slow cooker. Just place the meatballs in a slow cooker and pour marinara sauce over the meatballs and cook on low for 3-4 hours.)
  4. Taste test the meatballs! If they are full of flavor, turn off the burner and serve up your meatballs on plates and top with cheese! Add any sides you’d like or eat them by themselves!

Why this meal? I really enjoy meatballs. My third week after my first tightening, my mom made her sweet and sour meatballs and I just had to have one. The texture is soft enough that there is little chewing involved as long as you cut them up in small pieces. And the melted cheese on top soothes my gums. It’s amazing.

 

2. Super Simple Mashed Taters (about 4 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 4 Medium Sized Microwave-Ready Potatoes (Or you can simply take 4 medium sized potatoes you have on hand, clean them up, put them on a plate, poke with holes throughout, and cover them with a damp rag, turning over at half the microwave time for potatoes.)
  • 3 tbs. of Milk (You may need more depending on how you like the consistency of your potatoes.)
  • 2 tbs. of Non-Fat Greek Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 cup of Shredded Cheese of your choice (I used Weight Watchers’ Mexican blend! Yummy!)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Microwave the potatoes as directed on the package or follow the steps as I have noted above. (There’s a handy potato button on the microwave, just push it 4 times!)
  2. Remove the skin from the potatoes. The skin is usually soft enough that you can tear it right off with your fingers. (These can be really hot! Let them rest for a few minutes before attempting to peel off the skins!)
  3. In a large bowl, mash together the cooked potatoes, cream cheese, shredded cheese, milk, and salt and pepper.
  4. Taste test your mashed potatoes!

Why this meal? If you know me personally, you know I love potatoes! And while my mom’s recipe is delicious but much more time consuming, this was great for me to make ahead of time for lunches or modify for just one potato for a single meal if my mouth is especially sore that day. These are soft enough that no chewing is required and yummy enough to fill your tummy!

 

3. Lightened-Up Chicken Salad (about 8 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Cooked Chicken Breast, shredded or cubed (Very small cubes or shredded is best when it’s hard to chew!)
  • 1/2 cup Mayo (To make this even lighter, go with a full cup of non-fat Greek yogurt rather than the half mayo, half yogurt.)
  • 1/2 cup Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
  • 2-3 Boiled Eggs, chopped
  • 2 tbs. Minced Onion
  • 2 tbs. Minced Dill Pickle
  • 1 tbs Minced Sweet Pickle
  • 1 tbs. Mustard
  • Pinch of Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Note: This is not an exact recipe. I taste  throughout this process and add/lessen spices as I go so that the taste is to my liking. I highly suggest you use your own eyes and mouth to make this chicken salad!

Instructions:

  1. In mixing bowl, simple combine cooked shredded chicken, mayo, non-fat Greek yogurt, chopped boiled eggs, and mustard.
  2. Once mixed together, slowly add in onions, minced pickles, and spices, tasting along the way until it is to your liking.
  3. Eat this by itself or on soft bread. Crackers are not recommended right after tightening as they may be too hard on your sensitive mouth.

Why this meal? This lightened up chicken salad is not only better for you the regular chicken salad your grandmother makes, but it’s easier on your teeth. You can make any chicken salad/tuna salad braces friendly just by eliminating hard foods in the recipe like nuts, celery, etc. Plus this meal is super filling on a wheat bun!

 

4. Clean Chocolate Chip Muffins (about 12 muffins)

Ingredients:

  • 2 Ripe Bananas, roughly chopped
  • 2 Organic/Free-Ranged/”Brown” Eggs
  • 1 cup Plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
  • 2 cups Quick, Rolled Oats
  • 3/4 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 and prepare a muffin pan by spraying the cavities with cooking spray or lining them with paper liners. (I used silicone liners for my muffins, so I generously sprayed the insides of those.)
  2. Add all ingredients except for the chocolate chips to a blender or food processor and process on high until oats are broken down and batter is smooth and creamy. (I used my ninja for this and everything came out perfectly smooth.)
  3. Pour mixture in a separate bowl and stir in chocolate chips slowly.
  4. Pour your batter into the muffin pan/liners, filling each cavity until it is about ¾ full. (If you are using silicone liners, you want to fill these up almost the the top; leave about a half-inch to an inch of room between the batter and top. For some reason they don’t rise as much in the silicone liners.)
  5. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the tops of your muffins are set. (You can check your muffins by using a toothpick. Just stick it right in the middle of the muffin and see if it comes out clean.) Allow muffins to cool in pan for about 10 minutes before serving/storing. You can store these in an air-tight container for up to a 4 days.

Why this meal? These muffins are ultra soft and will kick your sweet cravings without all the bad stuff! You can easily reheat these in the microwave for twenty seconds and eat with a fork on your days when your mouth just isn’t up the biting into anything.

5. Nutty Fruit Dip (can be any serving amount)

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 part Non-Fat Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 part Honey
  • Optional: Dash of Cinnamon
  • Any soft fruit you like! (I like this with baked apples, strawberries, grapes, etc. You can also try bananas and other fruits too.)

Note: An example of a single serving is 1 tbs. peanut butter, 1 tbs. vanilla Greek yogurt, and a 1/2 tbs. honey!

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together except for fruit.
  2. Store dip in air-tight container if not devouring immediately.

Why this meal? This dip is great for snacks or putting on toast in the morning if you’re in a rush. It accompanies soft fruit nicely while still being soft for your mouth. I love the sweet/nutty taste of this dip and it goes so well with strawberries while still being healthy.

Brush you must!

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2/4/15 – This is my second tightening session. After my first round, eating anything solid for two weeks was a no-no. My gums were so sore and I couldn’t touch my teeth together without the raging pain of feeling like a million teeth were being broken inside my mouth. I was on a liquid diet for two weeks, which I’ll go over in another post. Today I went in knowing exactly what was going to happen. I had already taken my Tylenol 30 minutes before hand and the nervousness I had felt at the last appointment was gone.

They removed the old wires and put in new ones that are suppose to be “stronger.” (I have no idea what the difference is.) I also got a cool coil that is suppose to help move my teeth along the bottom to make room for a bracket-less tooth. Needless to say I am super excited to see if my teeth move more this month.

The pain hasn’t set in yet so I can’t tell if this feels any worse/better than the first time around. I’m not taking any chances though. I’ve made myself some soft food to hold me over for the week, bought soups and pastas, and have been popping my Tylenol as directed.

Other than the pain of tightening, the only other thing that has bothering me has been the wires that are not being attached to teeth (like the spaces that need to the closed up and the two teeth – top front tooth and bottom overcrowded tooth) have been extremely annoying. I’ve ripped open my mouth repeatedly and now have scar tissue built up on my bottom lip (which at first felt like an awful blister). If you look closely at where the coil is in the second picture, you can see the tissue build-up on my bottom lip. Luckily the coil is providing some comfort for the moment against this tissue. We’ll see how long that lasts.

On another note, I’ve been wondering how in the hell does anyone with braces go without brushing after every meal? Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been in social situations where I couldn’t brush my teeth until some time later after eating but you can bet your ass that I swish water around in my mouth until I can get my hands on a toothbrush. I brush at least 3 times a day. After every time something goes in my mouth, I brush my teeth. In my purse is a small bag with two tooth brushes (one electric, one traditional), superfloss, tooth paste, and dental wax.

If you’ve got these horrible things in your mouth, at least take care of your future straight teeth. Besides, no one wants to see that gross piece of spinach shredded between your wires.

 

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2/7/15 – So on this beautiful Saturday, I decided I’d do a little update on the newly tightened braces. The coil is definitely doing its thing. I can feel the spaces on the bottom (where teeth were pulled) closing up. Also, the pain has definitely been better this go around. I’ve been sticking to softer foods but I enjoyed conecuh sausage last night with red beans and rice (yummy!) with no problems at all! If every tightening is like this now, I think I can live with it. Only 16 more tightenings to go (hopefully).

The next tightening is scheduled for March 4th but between now and then I will be posting some (healthy) braces friendly recipes I’ve been trying, some tips for braces, and some original Geeky Gal stuff! I got a new game from my awesome boyfriend for Christmas by Quantic Dream (dream job right there!) and I cannot wait to write you guys a review! I’m in love with their work! Be on the look out for TWO reviews for two of mt favorite games by this awesome company.

You were suppose to fix my mouth, not destroy it!

 

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This was pretty much how it felt after my oral surgery: 4 teeth missing and stitches lining the insides of my mouth with pesky brackets making everything worse.

1/2/15 – Today I go in to have oral surgery. They’re pulling 4 teeth in addition to cutting out my wisdom teeth. I’m a little nervous about them pulling out my teeth. The orthodontist didn’t put brackets on the the ones being pulled. Sure enough, the other night a bracket came out. I was flossing and the floss wrapped around the hook (where the rubber bands will attach) of the bracket. Before I had even realized this, the bracket popped right into my hand, glue and all. I put it in a baggy to take with me on the 7th when they finally put in my wires. I’m going to tell them to be super, super careful when they go to pull the right teeth. I know they do this all the time, but I can just imagine getting home and looking in my mouth to see the wrong tooth gone!

I’ve done a lot to prepare for the pain and discomfort for after the surgery. I bought mashed potatoes, cream of chicken soup, tomato soup, pudding, and yogurt. I got out our ancient heating pad and wrapped it in a towel to keep it from burning my face. I also invested in two squirt bottles for water. Between my mouth being numb for a day and the “no sucking through a straw” rule, I think these are the best option for keeping hydrated. I also bought more dental wax. I don’t want the brackets bothering me on top of the stitches. I set up my netflix list to include Law & Order SVU and Helix. I also prepared my bed with pillows to keep my head elevated during naps and sleeping per doctor’s orders (something about the blood draining?). I also bought tylenol for when the pain medication is gone and I’m still hurting.

Wish me luck! I’m headed to the oral surgeon with my wonderful mother and brother who plan to mock me in my dizzy and “not-all-there” state.

 

1/7/15 – Surgery went well! I’m finally better enough to write a little update.

They pulled the right teeth! So that was a huge relief. I also slept an extra half hour after they turned off the anesthesia. Which was a little weird. I wasn’t out of my mind either. It almost makes me second guess those hilarious wisdom tooth videos…. I couldn’t talk at all. My mouth was stuffed with gauze and was completely numb. I couldn’t feel my tongue. I was also insanely thirsty so I was glad we had stopped to get bottled water (in a squirt bottle!) before we got to the office. I had to make hand motions for the first half hour of the car ride home to communicate with my mom and my brother. My brother thought this was hilarious. I was in a really good mood though. I also squirted the water all over myself, missing my mouth completely because I couldn’t feel the nozzle. (Cue more laughter from my brother.)

After an hour, I started to feel the pain. This wouldn’t have been an issue, but we had made it over half way home (it’s about a 45 minute drive to the oral surgeon) when my mom realized they had given us someone else’s prescription. We turned around and got the right one and dropped it off at the pharmacy. Because of the hour wait time, we decided letting my dad pick it up on his way home was the best option. After getting home and getting propped up with water and food, the pain was really getting to me. Luckily dad got home just in time.

Now the pain medicine definitely worked but it made me practically a baby. I was so dizzy, I was almost sure I was on a carousel so walking was a chore. I also never wanted to eat but I needed to or the medicine would make me nauseated. The steroids did their thing too but between the antibiotics (every 8 hours/3 a day), pain medication (every 4 hours), and steroids (every 6 hours), I didn’t get much sleep. I was constantly waking up to take another dose or eat.

Because the stitches are still in and I’m still in pain and unable to drive. I’ve pushed my date to get wires in to the next wednesday, the 14th.

PS: GET SQUIRT BOTTLES! They are a life saver!

 

1/18/15 – Wires are in! And let me tell you, they hurt like hell. Take a tylenol before you even walk in the door and take them as directed for the next few days because it feels like your teeth are being ripped out of your skull. And forget eating. Your teeth can’t touch without you howling in agony. I thought I was okay, having taken my tylenol, eating soup for dinner that night… that I could eat a Reese’s cup. NO. Just don’t.

Wednesday was the worst day. My mouth hurt. I was confined to smoothies and soup again. Even brushing felt like I was ripping out each tooth. I didn’t even brave flossing.

Thursday was a tiny bit better. Still drinking smoothies and eating soup.

Friday I had had it. Mom had made pizza for dinner and I wanted it! So I took two small slices without the crust and cut them up really small and chewed on my back teeth. The warm cheese felt good and as long as I stayed on my back teeth, I could chew slowly without agonizing pain.

After Friday, I basically went back to eating solid foods but being very careful. I can’t use my front teeth at all but at least my teeth can touch! I’ve also completely cut out snacking. The wires make eating uncomfortable and I swear they eat more than I do. Every time I’ve put something in my mouth I’ve had to brush and floss. The spaces where my teeth are missing are a catchall. It’s gross and I don’t see how anyone goes without brushing after every meal.

I’m excited to say though that I can already see a huge difference in my bottom teeth from 4 days ago. These pictures are from 4 days ago (about 3 hours after the initial tightening). I’ll post more pictures on February 4th after the next tightening for you guys can see the progress.

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Even though these things have been expensive and annoying and uncomfortable, I’ll finally be able to smile and show my teeth. This year (and a half?) cannot fly by fast enough for me!

Not sure if you should get a car… or get braces.

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12/12/14 – I went to the oral surgeon today. Not only was it a long wait (one and a half hours), but I also almost cried when they said how much it was going to be to get the 4 wisdom teeth plus the 4 additional teeth removed. $2,600. Up front. No payment plans. Now my lower wisdom teeth are (going to be?) impacted which jacks up the price per wisdom tooth. Added on to that is the 4 teeth ($$$) they will also pull while I’m under the anesthesia ($$$). All this stuff combined makes for a hefty price tag. This is going to be a grand total of $8,600. Almost as much as my car that I’m currently paying on!

After having a small freakout and cry session, I settled down and crunched some numbers. It’s more cost effective for me to pay the $2,600 than it is to have the wisdom teeth taken out then the other 4 teeth pulled by a dentist at a later date (for a cheaper price). Taking days off off work is going to put me in the hole with both my jobs. Plus healing time would be best this way as well. I’ll only have to heal once, and I can save myself from taking off more unpaid time from work.

Now I had two options for payment to the oral surgeon. There is a care credit card which pays for health related things (like vet, hospital, and dental bills) that you pay monthly with no interest as long as you never miss a payment. My other option was to use my own money to pay for it. I already used a portion of savings to put a down payment on my braces (about $1,400) and the bill will be $195 per month for 24 months. I still had some money in savings, some money in a retirement account I could take out (with a penalization from the government), plus a Christmas bonus from a job.

Rather than taking on another bill with the card, I have opted to pay for it myself. I scheduled the appointment for just after New Year’s Day. I’ll also be getting my wires put on the 7th of January if I’m all healed up.

I also tried a burger since getting the brackets put on. It was soft enough to bite into but I bit right into a bottom bracket. It’s still on and isn’t loose, but I’ve been more careful with my food since then. Instead of biting into the hamburger, it’s best to pinch off small bites. After a long time pinching off bites of my burger, I was too tired/full to try my fries.

Side note: DO NOT get brackets put on before having teeth pulled/wisdom teeth cut out. It’s simply annoying, and the wires aren’t on to help straighten your teeth anyway. Waste of time to do it this way even when the orthodontist tells you it’s the best way! It’s not. I promise. I’m going a month with hardly eating hard foods because of the stupid brackets and they aren’t even doing anything.

 

12/14/14 – A short update on the brackets: dental wax is your best friend. The hooks that stick out for the rubber bands that I don’t have yet are constantly ripping my cheeks open when I smile, talk, and eat. Wax gives me so much relief. I’ve getting a little used to not using as much wax since the first day but I always put it on the hooks before I go to sleep. It saves you from holes in your cheeks when you wake up.

Yesterday I had meat for the first time since having the glue put in my upper molars and the brackets on. I drooled. My dad was sweet enough to cut my pieces extra small and thin. I highly recommend doing this as it is so easy to chew and enjoy. I also had skillet potatoes cooked extra soft and cooked carrots. I told my parents it was the best meal I had ever eaten and I wasn’t lying!

That morning I also got to enjoy pancakes. Pancakes are so soft that they don’t normally need to be chewed but I used them to gently chew/mash in my back molars to test how the glue felt and to get used to chewing. I’m glad I did this because I was ready for the meat that night at dinner.

Before then I had been living on instant (real) mashed potatoes (Betty Crocker’s cup potatoes and Idaho’s cup potatoes are pretty delicious, and you can make this easily at work with water and the microwave), Go-gurt, pudding, grits, and Chef Boyardee’s ravioli’s and Spaghettios with meatballs. It doesn’t sound healthy, but I’ve cut back on almost all snacking unless I have a small snack cake immediately after a meal (which isn’t often since I’m eating slower and becoming full faster).

 

No updated pics. No wires until January.