The Blog of Kennell Orthodontics

Packing Brace-friendly Lunches

August 28th, 2014

It’s that time of year and if you are new to the brace world or need a refresher here are some ideas and thoughts to keep in mind when packing lunch for someone with braces:

Soft foods are always easier and more comfortable to eat and are less likely to be caught in braces.  However choices like gummies, fruit roll ups, taffy etc. will stick like glue!

If you/your child has just had their braces tightened, their mouth may be sore so providing pre-sliced fruit (thinly sliced), yogurt, pudding may be better options for these days.

Some other brace friendly suggestions:

  • Banana slices, grape halves, and thinly cut (peeled) apples (dip them all in a bit of lemon juice to keep them from browning)
  • Canned peaches or pears, fruit cocktail and Mandarin orange slices
  • Applesauce or any of the mixed fruit “sauces” in individual servings
  • Thin carrot-curls made with a scraper, plus a small container of grated cheese or hummus, with torn-up fresh pita bread for scooping
  • Individual pudding and yogurt cups
  • Avocadoes sliced or mashed

The goal is to be soft enough to chew, healthy and filling to keep their mind and teeth strong.  Happy School Days!

Next Week in the Lakes Region...

August 21st, 2014

Some great family friendly events happening next week around the Lakes Region:

Greek Summer Festival
Date: August 26, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Authentic Greek Cuisine, Homemade Greek Pastries, Live Greek Music & Dancing, Dance Troupe to Perform, Specialty Imports and Dry Goods, and Raffle Ticket Table.

Family Party Night aboard the M/S Mount Washington
Date: August 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Children 12 and under cruise free aboard the M/S Mount Washington Wednesday evenings. Bring the whole family for a fun evening of dancing and dining on Lake Winnipesaukee. Special entertainment and dancing for children. A great time for all. Limit 2 free children per family. Adults $47, Children 13--16 and additional children pay $37. Buffet dinner is included in the cruise price. Every Wednesday June 25--August 27.
From Weirs beach 6--8 PM.

Tilton Farmers' Market
Date: August 29, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses and meats, oh my!  Baked goods, seafood, and so much more! Visit the Tilton Farmers' Market with over 30 vendors between June 27th and September 26th every Friday, 3-7pm, located near Old Navy Outlet.

What can I eat?

August 14th, 2014

We love when patients ask us that question! Now that you’re wearing braces, it’s even more important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen as you begin your orthodontic treatment.

Braces are known to trap food particles and make it difficult to brush or remove plaque, which is why our team at Kennell Orthodontics recommends that you brush and floss after every meal.

When your braces are initially placed, your teeth are likely to be very sensitive. You may experience discomfort for up to three to five days, which is why we encourage you to eat soft foods during that time. Remember, the less pressure you put on your teeth, the less discomfort you will have.

You may also be thinking, “Okay, so what can I eat?”

Here are a few soft foods that do not require you to do much chewing and are easy to chew on when your teeth are sore:

In the first couple of days, stick to liquid-based foods like yogurts, pudding and soups. Mashed potatoes are a good option as well. You can also cook fruits and vegetables to make them softer. Ice cream, cool soups, Jell-O, scrambled eggs, cream of wheat, oatmeal, baked potatoes, soft cooked pasta, soup, bananas, cottage cheese, smoothies, macaroni and cheese, pancakes, soft cheeses, and milk are all foods you can eat safely without having to worry about pain or breaking your brackets.

It’s crucial to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, please call our office immediately to schedule an appointment for repair.

Lastly, in addition to visiting Kennell Orthodontics during your orthodontic treatment for adjustments, you should visit your dentist for professional checkups and teeth cleaning appointments about every six months, or as recommended by your dentist.

Here are some helpful tips for anyone with braces:

  • Cold foods and drinks are very soothing to sore gums, try drinking milk as it neutralizes acids in your mouth and soothes your gums.
  • Do not eat sticky or hard foods and make sure to brush, floss, rinse with mouth wash, and rinse with salt water every night. Rinsing with salt water will help ease pain and irritation in your mouth.
  • Wear lip salve when you go for checkups and braces tightening. It will prevent you from getting crinkly lips afterwards.
  • Taking a pain pill before bed will make it easier to sleep, as braces usually hurt most when you are lying down or on your side.
  • Don't keep on eating something if it starts hurting.
  • If you can't brush your teeth after meals, at least rinse your mouth.
  • Avoid soft drinks, as most have lots of acid and sugar. This can erode teeth and dental equipment and can also leave white spots. Excessive drinking of soft drinks can lead to cavities.

Braces for Adults, your smile is worth it!

August 7th, 2014

Jennifer Taylor, 42
Sanbornton, NH
Veterinarian, Lake Side Animal Hospital

“Jennifer found herself planning her wedding and regretting her lack of follow-up from having braces as a child.  Upon meeting with Jennifer I presented her with an Invisalign treatment option to straighten her twisted front incisor.  Both Jennifer and I were pleased with the results!” – Dr. Alan Kennell

“As I began planning my wedding and anticipating all the photographs sure to be taken, I started to regret the lack of follow-up I had after having braces as a kid.  Dr. Kennell and his staff assisted me with an Invisalign treatment plan and gave me back my confidence.  The Kennell Orthodontics office is friendly and fun and made visiting “the orthodontist” a pleasurable experience.  Upon completion of my treatment, I am more confident in myself.  I smile all the time and my fears of wedding pictures with my “crooked tooth” disappeared!!  Dr. Kennell and Kennell Orthodontics gave me back the smile I had worked so hard to have.” - Jennifer Taylor