November 21st, 2019
Holidays can feel like a challenge with braces, especially if this is your first holiday season with them.
With Thanksgiving coming up next week, we made a short list of holiday food favorites that are safe for you to eat; as well as ones to avoid when you have braces.
These should be safe for you to eat with braces:
- Ham and/or Turkey
- Corn: this can be tricky, while you shouldn’t have corn on the cob, cream corn is fine
- Sweet Potatoes
- Mashed Potatoes
- Stuffing (as long as there are no nuts or crunchy foods hidden within it)
- Green beans (with the same warning to be on the look out for crunchy items in casseroles)
- Most desserts are safe as long as they aren’t too crunchy or have anything to sticky like caramel etc on them.
Here are some foods to avoid this holiday season, and the rest of the year!
- Caramel (as mentioned above)
Enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving!
November 12th, 2019
Join Kennell Ortho, along with the Salvation Army in keeping kids and families warm this winter!
November 5th, 2019
There are many options for straightening teeth and the decision of one treatment over another can be overwhelming. Which treatment is best? Which will fit your lifestyle? Which can you afford and maximizes treatment time? All these questions can be answered by Dr. Kennell and his Kennell Orthodontics team! One type of treatment offered by Dr. Kennell is Invisalign. This revolutionary approach uses aligners that are clear, smooth and plastic - versus brackets and wires bonded to your teeth. This treatment offers the convenience of an orthodontic treatment without interfering with your appearance. Check out bracesinfo.com/invisalign for more information and contact Kennell Orthodontics today to discuss whether Invisalign is right for you!!!
October 29th, 2019
Five orthodontic-friendly recommendations by the Lakes Region's Orthodontist, Dr. Alan Kennell
October is National Orthodontic Health Month. And each October, thousands of kids have one thing on their mind: Halloween candy! For orthodontists, the Halloween season is all about helping patients avoid potentially sticky situations.
October is the perfect time of year to learn about orthodontic health and how an orthodontist helps patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. Besides, everyone knows that Halloween candy can give any orthodontist a scare!
The Lakes Region and White Mountains orthodontist, Dr. Kennell of Kennell Orthodontics, offers these five timely tips to help protect braces, aligners and other orthodontic “appliances” while protecting teeth from decay.
- Let sticky foods RIP. If it’s hard, sticky, chewy or crunchy, stay away! Avoid caramel, taffy, bubblegum, licorice, gummies or any snack that can damage brackets or wires. Also, be sure to say “boo” to hard-shelled peanut candies, nuts or nut-filled candies, taco chips and popcorn (especially unpopped kernels).
- Choose “spooktacularly” soft foods. Opt for soft chocolates, peppermint patties, peanut butter cups or other melt-in-your-mouth varieties.
- Dare to take extra care. Sweets can cause cavities, which is why brushing and flossing are even more important than ever during the Halloween season. Orthodontic patients should be especially vigilant about brushing and flossing immediately after eating sugary or starchy foods.
- Set yourself up for success. Kennell encourages parents to keep acceptable treats on hand to substitute for “off limits” candies for trick-or-treating.
- Commit to oral health. Deciding to avoid hard and chewy sweets before the Halloween season increases your rate of success – and reduces the likelihood that you’ll break wires.
“We want kids to have fun on Halloween,” says Dr. Kennell. “And there’s no need to feel left out. Patients are free to enjoy acceptable treats in moderation. The payoff is a healthy, beautiful smile. It’s always worth it in the end!”