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The Best Winter Foods to Eat with Braces

Temperatures are plunging, and it’s time to embrace hearty foods to warm the cockles. If you’ve got braces, you may be looking for wintry dishes that are easy to manage. Here are some suggestions for the best winter foods.

Potatoes: potatoes are a great option for people with braces. Mashed potato is easy to make, it’s filling, and it’s easy to eat. Add mash to mince and make a cottage pie or serve with cod fillets, parsley sauce and peas.

Eggs: eggs are one of the most versatile foods out there. They’re also really easy to chew with braces. Start your day with scrambled eggs or round off a busy day with a simple omelette and salad.

Porridge: porridge is a winter staple. It’ll warm you up, and keep you full until lunchtime. Oats are rich in fibre and they release energy slowly. If you have a sweet tooth, drizzle over some honey or add berries, rather than adding sugar.

Soup: nothing warms you up in the winter like a big bowl of soup. Microwave or heat a tin of soup on the hob for a meal in seconds, or make your own creations using fresh vegetables and meat. If you’re struggling with fresh bread, soak the bread in your soup and it will become much softer and easier to tolerate.

Pasta: pasta is a great lunchtime or dinner option. Cook your pasta until its soft if you have braces, as this will make it easier to break down than if you leave it al dente. Add a jar of sauce, or make your own using chopped vine tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and oregano.

If you need any advice about which foods you can eat and which to avoid, your Chelmsford Dentist will be happy to help. Simply give us a call, or pop in and see us.

Invisalign vs. Conventional Braces

Many may remember braces from their childhood, but these are rarely fond memories. The first day was always the worst, going to school wondering what reception your new mouth full of metal would receive. While traditional braces are still widely used, braces technology has come a long way and there are now a number of aligners and braces that are both highly discreet and effective. One of the most notable of these new devices is Invisalign.

Invisalign is a revolutionary new device, which quickly and efficiently readjusts your teeth into a more pleasing shape, while remaining unnoticeable. The aligner is also removable, making it more flexible to allow for meetings, interviews and other important social events.

Every fortnight, a new set of aligners will be given to you and adjusted very slightly to match the changes that the previous aligner made. The constant change means that the teeth don’t have time to settle into one shape until your smile is completely straight and you are happy with the results.

Invisalign can be used to treat a number of dental issues such as overcrowding, crossbites, overbites and underbites. Noticeable results can be seen within as little as 1 to 1 and a half years.

When compared to traditional braces, which in some cases can be more expensive and slower, it’s no wonder that many people are turning to Invisalign. The need to visit the dentist every two weeks for new aligners is the only way the two braces are similar, as traditional braces also require regular trips to the dentist to have them adjusted to meet the shift in position of your teeth.

It is recommended that you seek the advice of a dentist before choosing the type of brace you want to go with, but unless the changes that need to be made are dramatic, chances are the best brace for you is Invisalign.

A Braintree dentist gives advice on Inman Aligners

Inman Aligners are an orthodontic brace that straightens and moves the teeth to a position that nature intended, many adults have crooked teeth and to use general braces would be prohibitive for them. Most dentists use Inman Aligners as an alternative to the Invisalign type of brace. Inman Aligners are limited to the amount of movement they can achieve, and generally work better on misalignments of the lower and upper front teeth. They are generally not suitable for cases where the teeth are crowded or compacted in the mouth. After the first consultation, your dentist will be able to determine if you are suitable for the Inman Aligner. The Inman Aligner is not entirely clear like its rival the Invisalign brace; it has a metal bar that is prominent across the front of the teeth. However, the Inman Aligner has more benefits than the invisible brace system. One of the main benefits is that this system is removable at will; the patient can easily remove and replace it at any time. This makes eating and cleaning the inman aligner much simpler, it is also handy for the busy executive who needs to be brace free at a business meeting. The brace works by pulling and pushing the misaligned teeth into the position that is required by the patient, and this whole operation can take in between 6 to 16 weeks. The cost isn’t too much either, and you can expect to pay anywhere between £1,300 and £2,500 depending on the length of time and the amount of visits required. A patient will need to visit the dentist every two weeks to have a new aligner fitted, this is done by adjusting the springs and the bar to lessen or increase the push and pulling elements of the brace. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

Braces from Chelmsford dentist create the perfect smile

Braces are orthodontic teeth straighteners used to improve the appearance of the teeth, smile and profile. There are many types of braces and aligners that can be used to address specific problems with the teeth but all are used with the aim of making the teeth look more attractive.

Braces have been used for many years although treatment has improved almost beyond the recognition of the earliest braces. Traditional fixed metal braces, often known colloquially as ‘train-tracks’, are effective but they also have a number of drawbacks. Some of the most common include that they are often uncomfortable and even painful after tightening appointments, look unattractive and that treatment often lasts a very long time. In fact, in some cases patients may need to wear the braces for up to three years. This is a very long time for anyone but especially if you are in your difficult teenage years.

Thankfully, over the last ten or so years, a number of companies have taken it upon themselves to produce new kinds of orthodontic braces that address some of these complaints. Braces such as Invisalign and Damon are just as effective as traditional braces but also have the added bonus of being much more discreet, especially in the case of the virtually invisible Invisalign brace, as well as much more comfortable. A number of braces such as Inman aligners and again Invisalign are also completely removable, which means they can be taken out for social occasion and importantly for teeth cleaning.

Treatment times have also been significantly reduced with some treatments lasting as little as six months. This, as well as other improvements, means that orthodontic braces are no longer feared as much as they once were. Patients are happy to wear braces from Chelmsford dentists to improve the appearance of their smile without having to make a sacrifice of three years worth of unseemly fixed braces. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.