MCFT: MORE Easy Top 5 (healthier) Braces Friendly Recipes

MCFT: MORE Easy Top 5 (healthier) Braces Friendly 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.

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

Spoilers! 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.

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

Spoilers! 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.

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MCFT: Easy (& Healthy) Braces-Friendly Recipes

MCFT: Easy (& Healthy) Braces-Friendly Recipes

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.

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Spoilers! Brush you must!

Spoilers! Brush you must!

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.

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

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

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.

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Spoilers! Not Sure If You Should Get A Car… Or Get Braces.

Spoilers! Not Sure If You Should Get A Car… Or Get Braces.

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.

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