Life with Braces: Food to Eat with Braces

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When you first get your orthodontic braces here at Castilla Orthodontics in Marion County, OR, you are probably going to experience some discomfort and/or soreness. It may also take some time to get adjusted to your new, affordable braces, but even then, you might not be ready to jump back into your normal eating routine as anything too hard or too crispy might be difficult to eat for a few days. Here are five of the best foods to eat with braces, clear braces, and/or Invisalign.

What’s a Great Food to Eat with Braces?

1. Yogurt. Looking for something quick and easy to have for breakfast or a snack on the go? Yogurt requires no chewing, and because there are literally hundreds of different types of yogurt, you are sure to be able to find one or many that you enjoy.

2. Mac and Cheese. Tip: boil the noodles for an extra minute so that they become extremely soft. Mac and cheese is a great choice of food to eat with braces. Some chewing is required, but this tip makes it manageable.

3. Chicken Noodle Soup. Chicken noodle soup is usually associated with cold winter days, or when one is sick, but it’s a go-to meal in the early stages of braces. Filled with protein, vitamins, and minerals, chicken noodle soup will also help your mouth heal. Live a little and soak bread or crackers in the broth until they too are easy to eat!

4. Zucchini Parmesan Crisps. Speaking of living a little, we here at Castilla Orthodontics in Marion County, OR, came across this tasty zucchini parmesan crisps recipe that won’t break your brackets!

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5. Ice Cream. Whether you just got adult braces, or your child just saw a children’s orthodontist, ice cream is an ideal choice for new braces as it helps to numb the pain and relieve some of the inflammation that comes along with wearing braces. Bonus: getting to eat ice cream after getting your braces on is sort of like a reward for adults and children alike! You did something that might be a little difficult and a little scary, but you also get to have ice cream!

Let’s Talk Teeth!

If you’re interested in braces contact us here at Castilla Orthodontics in Marion County, OR to schedule a FREE braces consultation! And if you and/or your child already have braces and you know of any other foods to eat with braces during the first few days of new braces and/or adjusted braces, let us know!


Dr. Ana E. Castilla and the team here at Castilla Orthodontics are experts in braces. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in the 97383 zip code area: Stayton, Sublimity, Monmoth, Keizer, Salem, or Marion County, OR, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Castilla, contact Castilla Orthodontics at: 503.399.0721.

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The Truth about Braces: Busting the Top 5 Orthodontic Myths

Choosing to pursue braces as treatment for a dental condition is a big decision. There are many factors to consider from cost to length of treatment to aesthetic. Dr. Ana E. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics are experts in braces and we want to alleviate your fears! Here are our top 5 myths (some silly and some understandable) about braces, BUSTED!

Busting Orthodontic Myths

Myth: Braces are always painful!

Some discomfort is inevitable when wearing braces, but due to advancements in materials used, the minor pain experienced is more than manageable! There are also options outside of traditional braces that offer varied levels of comfort and discretion.

Myth: Traditional braces are your only option!

When you think of braces, you may think of clunky, metal headgear. The truth is that there are new options outside of traditional, metal braces that can be more comfortable and make the appearance of braces far less obvious. They include:

  •         Invisalign
  •         Invisalign Teen
  •         Clear/Ceramic Braces
  •         Lingual Braces

Myth: I can’t play an instrument with braces!

As an expert in braces in Marion County OR, Dr. Castilla would never discourage her patients from doing something they love, especially something as important as playing music. Because braces are foreign to you, you will go through a period of adjustment, at first, but once that’s over, you will hardly notice that they are there, playing music as beautifully as before!

Myth: I will be more apt to be struck by lightning!

You’d be surprised at how often we are asked about lightning! People who wear braces have a 1 in 700,000 chance of being struck by lightning, which is the same as people without braces. We are glad to report that braces do not make you a lightning pole!

Myth: I’m too old for braces!

We hear this, all of the time! The truth is that 25% of all orthodontic patients are adults. With the development of some of the above mentioned options in treatment (most popularly, Invisalign), more adults are committing to pursuing orthodontics in order to improve their health, as well as their confidence!

Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics want nothing more than for you to be comfortable with your choice to pursue braces in the Salem OR area. These myths prevent people from choosing to get braces that could improve the quality of his/her life! If you have any questions or concerns, we are always happy to bust the myths that may be keeping you from having your most beautiful smile!


Dr. Ana E. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics are expert providers of braces in Marion County OR. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Stayton, OR, Sublimity, OR, Monmoth, OR, Keizer, OR, Salem, OR, Marion County, OR, or the 97383 zip code area, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ana E. Castilla, contact Castilla Orthodontics at: 503-399-0721

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How Do I Make Wearing Braces More Fun for my Child?

The idea of having to wear braces to correct an orthodontic issue is not a fun prospect for a kid near Stayton OR. For parents, getting your child to look forward to their treatment may be a tough sell. But braces are often a necessary step in helping a child’s teeth to grow in strong, straight, and functional. They can be, however, visible, uncomfortable, and limiting for the child wearing them. Dr. Ana E. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics know that the time, effort, and expense put into orthodontic treatment now will bring lifelong benefits to the child in terms of a healthy mouth, straight teeth, and a secure self-image. They have ways that can help your child come to terms with the idea of wearing braces and maybe even make wearing braces more fun.

  1. Braces-friendly Cooking

To provide your kids with some motivation for good brushing and flossing habits, give them some positive reinforcement. Baking some favorite (soft) desserts is a great way to spend time together with your child and to illustrate how good food and good times are all still available to them while they are wearing braces.

  1. Colored Bands

Some orthodontic treatment plans require the patient to wear rubber bands around their braces. Colored bands are now quite common and come in an array of colors to choose from. Have your child consider a color scheme like the colors of their favorite sports team, their school’s colors, or holiday colors. It’s also fun to have them pick just one of their favorite colors, with the possibility of changing them during adjustment visits.

  1. Make Orthodontic Visits Something Special

The folks at Castilla Orthodontics say that it’s great to plan a special activity after a successful visit to the orthodontist. There are lots of fun things to do near Stayton OR! Going to the park, seeing a movie, or playing their favorite video game together will get children excited for their orthodontic appointments. It can be anything really, just consider what your child enjoys and try to turn that into something that both of you can enjoy together.

  1. Make a Photo Album of Their Progress

A photographic timeline of your child’s orthodontic development will show them that their braces are working and that dedication to their treatment will leave them with great looking straight teeth. Dr. Castilla says that this is also extremely helpful to him, as he can analyze copies of the pictures to see your child’s progress.

  1. Make a Game of Brushing

Keeping good oral hygiene is a major part of orthodontic treatment, and can speed up the treatment process. Several products on the market today that are designed to help children understand and enjoy good oral hygiene. There are interactive apps for smartphones and tablets that are free. One called “Magic Timer” was recently rated “Best New App for Kids.” The app works in conjunction with several Oral-B toothbrushes with themes like princesses, Disney characters like Goofy and Donald, or superheroes that will reward a child with “stickers” for brushing for two minutes and for brushing twice a day.

If you’re looking for an orthodontist near Stayton OR that can provide orthodontic treatment with braces for your kids and make it fun, then Dr. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics can help. Call (503) 399 – 0721 to speak with a Castilla Orthodontics associate and put your child on the path to healthy, beautiful teeth!


Dr. Ana E. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics are expert providers of braces near Stayton OR. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Stayton, OR, Sublimity, OR, Monmoth, OR, Keizer, OR, Salem, OR, Marion County, OR, or the 97383 zip code area, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ana E. Castilla, contact Castilla Orthodontics at: 503-399-0721.

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Traveling with Invisalign

Straightening teeth with Invisalign clear aligners in Salem, OR is a specialty of Dr. Ana E. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics. They know that when away from home, Invisalign is a portable and convenient method of orthodontic treatment for busy travelers.

The removable nature of Invisalign means that it can be cleaned on the go, wherever there is a sink and a toothbrush. Invisalign wearers often travel with a small kit of a toothbrush and some toothpaste and floss. Whether travelling by train, plane, or bus, Invisalign is the clear alternative to braces.

Benefits

  • Simplicity
    Invisalign clear aligners fit into a carry-on bag, purse, or pocket. Invisalign is made of a clear thermoplastic material that fits snuggly over the teeth and is practically invisible. It is removable by the wearer to eat, brush, or floss. They’re also easy to carry; your dentist or orthodontist will supply a carrying case that easily fits into a pocket or purse.
  • Adaptability
    A series of Invisalign trays are worn throughout the course of treatment with Invisalign, and each new tray set gradually moves the teeth, progressively, until you’ve reached your treatment goals. Frequent office visits for physical adjustments to your traditional braces are not necessary.
  • Invisibility
    Because the Invisalign trays are completely clear, they are unnoticeable during normal social interaction. Invisalign patients can be confident when meeting people, attending events, and doing business while wearing the aligners. It’s almost like you’re not even wearing braces (great for photo-ops when seeing the sites).
  • Flexibility
    Invisalign clear plastic aligners are made of a soft plastic material, but their real flexibility is in their invisibility and their removability. Invisalign wearers are undergoing orthodontic treatment while working, playing, talking, and smiling with no one knowing they are wearing an orthodontic appliance. And when it’s time to eat, Invisalign pops out easily.

For travelers, a strict schedule of frequent adjustment appointments with their orthodontist is not practical. When on the go, Invisalign patients know they are being treated with a discreet, effective, and easy-to-wear solution to their orthodontic needs.

Dr. Castilla and the professionals at Castilla Orthodontics are experts in treating their patients in Salem, OR, with Invisalign clear
aligners. To find out more, call: 503-399-0721.


Dr. Ana E. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics are experts in Invisalign. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Salem, OR, Stayton, OR, Sublimity, OR, Monmoth, OR, Keizer, OR, or Marion County, OR, or the 97383 zip code area, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ana E. Castilla, contact Castilla Orthodontics at: 503-399-0721.

Dental Hijinks: Fun & Games at Castilla Orthodontics in Salem OR


Dr. Ana E. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics are dedicated to helping you build a beautiful smile! We also want to give you a reason to use that smile! Dr. Castilla believes that having fun is just as important as dental heath, so we’ve constructed a few ways to combine those two things into something wonderful!

Fun & Games at Castilla Orthodontics in Salem OR

We offer three main contests that you can be involved in as our patient! They include:

  • Dental Hygeine Contenst
    We understand that keeping up with dental hygeine when you have braces can be difficult! Let’s encourage kids and teens with our dental hygeine contest!
  • Referral Sweepstakes
    The biggest compliment you can give us is a referral. At Castilla Orthdodontics, we genuinely appreciate your trust in us and we want to reward you for it.
  • Token Program
    Earn tokens at each visit. (We’ll tell you how!) Use your tokens to buy items such as gift cards, toys, and movie passes from our “Token Board.”

Castilla Orthodontics College Scholarships

We want you to know how much we appreciate you! Castilla Orthodontics is dedicated to giving back to the community that helped build our practice. Aside from fun contests & prizes, Castilla Orthodontics offers a $500 scholarship to one, graduating high school senior in Marion or Polk County!

In order to apply, each applicant must submit short essay outlining college and post-undergraduate plans, including how they plan to help make the people around them smile on a daily basis. (If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please click here to download the application form. Our 2017 submissions are closed, but stay tuned for more information regarding 2018!)

Additionally, we offer a $1500 scholarship in conjunction with Chemeketa Community College to encourage and support female Latina students entering the Dental Assisting Program. (For more information, please click here.)

Dr. Ana E. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics in Salem OR want you to have fun while we provide optimal service! A beautiful smile is a terrible thing to waste and we hope that we can put a smile on your face with our contests and local contributions, just as you have made us smile by being so supportive of our practice! Be sure to check our website and follow us on social media for regular contest updates and details on how to win!

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Dr. Ana E. Castilla is the expert orthodontist of Castilla Orthodontics. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Salem, OR, Mt. Angel, OR, Sublimity, OR, Monmoth, OR, Keizer, OR, Marion County, OR, or the 97383 zip code area, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ana E. Castilla, contact Castilla Orthodontics at: 503-399-0721.