Tooth-Friendly Recipe 6: Banana “Ice Cream”

banana ice cream braces recipesTooth-Friendly Recipe 6: Banana “Ice Cream”

There can be some slight discomfort during that first week of having braces, and some discomfort following adjustments every few weeks. On the way to having a beautiful smile and straight teeth, soups and well-cooked veggies are going to be the safest and easiest foods at mealtimes. Chances are your child is still going to be asking for dessert. Cookies are obviously out of the question! Candy is too hard, sticky, and risky. Ice cream will be the best option. Not only is it soft and unable to damage the brackets, but it’s also cold and will feel soothing on those shifting teeth. Try this sugar-free and dairy-free banana ice cream! Bananas are brimming with calcium and Vitamin D, two nutrients that contribute to strong teeth.

Recipe

Ingredients:

5 ripe bananas
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. sea salt
13.5 oz. can of full-fat coconut milk

Directions:

Place the can of coconut milk in your refrigerator the night before you make the ice cream. Peel the bananas and chop them into two-inch chunks. Put the banana chunks in a sealed plastic bag or container in the freezer overnight. Once the bananas are frozen and the coconut milk is chilled, place all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend the ingredients until they are combined, and serve. To store the ice cream, place it in a freezer-safe container in your freezer.

Try adding a sprinkle of cinnamon or a dollop of creamy peanut butter to switch up the flavor every time you make it. Trust me – your child is going to want this banana ice cream after every visit to the orthodontist. This recipe will yield eight servings. Place the leftovers in the freezer or let your child share his ice cream with the whole family. Enjoy!

Schedule an Orthodontic Appointment At Nalchajian Orthodontics

If you live in California, then you can schedule an appointment at Nalchajian Orthodontics to learn more about fixing your malocclusions. An orthodontist at one of our facilities can examine your teeth to determine what type of treatment you require to improve your smile. We have two experts available, including:

• Dr. Nicole Nalchajian
• Dr. Greg Nalchajian

You can visit our Clovis or Fresno location to have orthodontic treatment with these devices:

• Ceramic or metal braces
• Invisalign aligners
• Herbst appliances
• Retainers

After your examination that includes medical images, you will enjoy a free consultation to learn more about orthodontic treatment.

Nalchajian Orthodontics
7501 N Fresno St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93720
Phone: (559) 432 7100

Tooth-Friendly Recipe 6: Banana “Ice Cream”


Do​ ​orthodontic​ ​appliances​ ​cause​ ​pain?

braces painDo orthodontic appliances cause pain?

Many patients first decide to explore orthodontic treatment in a quest for a straighter, whiter smile. This is a great reason to have treatment and also one that really works! But the cosmetic perks of having a course of orthodontic treatment can’t hold a candle to the real lifelong benefit of improved oral health and decreased risk of serious issues like periodontitis and oral cancer.

As it turns out, when you receive high-quality orthodontic care from a highly trained and skilled orthodontist, you get both benefits – guaranteed. So why don’t some people follow through on their initial research? The reason boils down to this: many patients are afraid that orthodontic appliances will hurt. This fear is not limited to kids, tweens and teen patients. Adults are often afraid of this too. In this post, learn the truth about what it feels like to have orthodontic treatment and the many options for comfortable modern care.

Types of Orthodontic Appliances

The days when your only option for orthodontic treatment boiled down to old-style traditional metal braces, complete with clunky accessories, is long gone. Today, patients who opt for braces have a number of sleek, minimally visible and attractive braces that can do a lot more in a lot less time.

Modern Traditional Braces.

Today’s traditional braces come in many styles and colors, including behind-the-teeth braces (sub-lingual braces), ceramic (tooth-color) braces, clear braces and colorful braces accessories. For example, some types of braces today permit extensive customization that includes colorful elastics and ties and uniquely shaped brackets (hearts, stars, and other choices) to personalize your treatment. This can be especially fun for younger patients, who enjoy picking out favorite colors and styles and mixing things up from an adjustment to adjustment.

Invisalign Aligners.

For teens and adult patients who qualify (based on the individual tooth, bite and jaw corrective needs), the Invisalign system of aligners offers a popular alternative to modern traditional braces.


This system uses removable clear aligners (they look similar to mouth guards but much slimmer and sleeker) to invisibly and comfortably move teeth into the optimal position for your overall oral health and smile goals.

There are several attractive perks for choosing the Invisalign system, including the option to remove the aligners for daily oral health (brushing, flossing) and for special events. As well, there is no need to restrict diet choices or activities while treatment continues.

Accelerated Treatment Options.

Both modern traditional braces and Invisalign aligners can deliver better results in less time than the braces of decades past. But there are also additional orthodontic appliances that can further accelerate treatment results and minimize the length of treatment. These include the Herbst Appliance and Acceledent Aura, both of which Nalchajian Orthodontics is proud to offer patients.

So Does Orthodontic Treatment Hurt?

The truth is, most patients will experience a slight amount of discomfort at the time treatment begins. The level of discomfort is similar to what you might feel while breaking in a new pair of shoes or working out to increase your muscle strength.

However, any discomfort that you do feel should quickly resolve as your mouth, teeth and jaw adjusts to the process of orthodontic adjustment itself. If you have a particularly low pain tolerance, there are topical and over-the-counter pain soothers that can help ease any temporary discomfort. As well, there are additional temporary soothers such as oral wax and cotton pads that can alleviate minor discomfort as your mouth adjusts.

Invisalign patients often report very little to no discomfort, since the aligners system can be gentler overall as well as require fewer in-office adjustment visits (which is when the teeth and mouth tissues can often feel a bit tender again).

The key to minimizing any discomfort or tenderness is to select an experienced and skilled orthodontist with extensive expertise in treating different oral health issues in all ages. Minimizing discomfort in a young patient whose teeth and gums are still moving into adult position is an art in itself, and one Dr. Greg and Dr. Nicole are proud to provide!

In the same way, following daily hygiene and care recommendations, including any dietary or activity restrictions and attentive flossing and brushing, can greatly reduce the potential for discomfort while receiving treatment. Healthy teeth, gums, and tissues are far less likely to feel tender during the normal micro-movements required to achieve optimal oral alignment.

About Nalchajian Orthodontics

Drs. Greg and Nicole Nalchajian started Nalchajian Orthodontics to provide the highest level of orthodontic care to patients of all ages throughout the Fresno and Clovis, CA, areas.

Dr. Greg Nalchajian is a top one percent Invisalign provider who maintains a busy lecture schedule in addition to caring for his patients. With a background in rocket science (literally) and a lifelong love of music, Dr. Nalchajian, along with his wife Juliette and his two sons, is proud to call the Clovis area home.

Dr. Nicole Nalchajian joined Nalchajian Orthodontics in 1999 and has been an integral part of the practice ever since. In addition to her love for soccer, heart for volunteer work and ongoing studies in the Spanish language, Dr. Nicole is a tremendous chef who delights the bellies of all the staff at Nalchajian Orthodontics.

Schedule an Orthodontic Appointment At Nalchajian Orthodontics

If you live in California, then you can schedule an appointment at Nalchajian Orthodontics to learn more about fixing your malocclusions. An orthodontist at one of our facilities can examine your teeth to determine what type of treatment you require to improve your smile. We have two experts available, including:

• Dr. Nicole Nalchajian
• Dr. Greg Nalchajian

You can visit our Clovis or Fresno location to have orthodontic treatment with these devices:

• Ceramic or metal braces
• Invisalign aligners
• Herbst appliances
• Retainers

After your examination that includes medical images, you will enjoy a free consultation to learn more about orthodontic treatment.

Nalchajian Orthodontics
7501 N Fresno St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93720
Phone: (559) 432 7100

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Tooth-Friendly​ ​Recipe​ ​5:​ ​Avocado​ ​Yogurt​ ​Dip

avocado yogurt dipTooth-Friendly Recipe 5: Avocado Yogurt Dip

Finding a recipe that tastes good and isn’t bad for your teeth tends to be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Take a twist with two of your favorite foods, yogurt, and avocado, to make this delicious creamy avocado yogurt dip. Use it as a quick alternative to traditional dips with pita chips, snack-sized vegetables or soft chips for a satisfying snack that doesn’t cake your teeth with sugar while giving you a burst of energy with its high protein content.

Ingredients

  • Two avocados with the peels and seeds removed and mashed if not using a blender or food processor
  • 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt as an alternative to sour cream or mayonnaise (Full fat or fat-free depending on your individual preferences)
  • Single clove of garlic or the equivalent of minced garlic
  • 3 TBS freshly chopped cilantro
  • 1 TBS chopped and seeded jalapeno pepper
  • A dash of cumin, salt, and pepper
  • 2 TBS lime juice
  • Soft chips, pita chips or veggies cut up to individual serving sizes
  • Food processor or blender (optional)

Directions

  • Pour the yogurt, avocados, garlic, jalapeno, cumin, lime juice and cilantro into your food processor or blender to mix everything together until it gets to a smooth, creamy texture. Add the salt and pepper after it is mixed to taste
  • Scrape the dip into a serving container and place the vegetables or chips around it to present to your guests at your next family function or party

Store it in the refrigerator with a cover if there is any left.

Finding food that doesn’t harm your teeth knocks most sugary sweets out of the picture, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste when entertaining guests. Keep your teeth healthy, clean and get your perfect smile with a complimentary consultation at Nalchajian orthodontics located in Fresno, California.

Schedule an Orthodontic Appointment At Nalchajian Orthodontics

If you live in California, then you can schedule an appointment at Nalchajian Orthodontics to learn more about fixing your malocclusions. An orthodontist at one of our facilities can examine your teeth to determine what type of treatment you require to improve your smile. We have two experts available, including:

• Dr. Nicole Nalchajian
• Dr. Greg Nalchajian

You can visit our Clovis or Fresno location to have orthodontic treatment with these devices:

• Ceramic or metal braces
Invisalign aligners
• Herbst appliances
• Retainers

After your examination that includes medical images, you will enjoy a free consultation to learn more about orthodontic treatment.

Nalchajian Orthodontics
7501 N Fresno St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93720
Phone: (559) 432 7100

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Can Lasers Make Your Orthodontic Treatment Faster?

Lasers are precise beams of high-energy radiation that are commonly used in different types of medical specialties including dentistry and orthodontics. Some lasers are designed for use on hard tissues such as bones and teeth while others are designed to be used on soft tissue to kill tumor cells, reduce pain, and inflammation and promote healing of wounds. Orthodontists mainly use soft tissue lasers on gums and gingiva to increase the treatment efficiency. Lasers are used in orthodontics and dentistry for several purposes including:

  • Tooth decay lasers are used to remove decayed tissue in a tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel to receive the filling material. Lasers are also used to cure or harden the filling material.
  • To reshape or cure diseased gums
  • Biopsy or removal of lesions: Lasers are commonly used to remove small pieces of tissue from the patient’s mouth for examination of diseases such as cancer.
  • Teeth whitening lasers are commonly used to speed up teeth whitening procedures carried out by orthodontists. The orthodontist applies a peroxide bleaching solution on the surface of the patient’s teeth and then activates it using a laser beam.

Many patients often wonder what the key benefits of lasers orthodontic treatment are. Are lasers capable of accelerating the treatment process and encourage faster healing? Do lasers give better results than other types of orthodontic treatments and are they more comfortable?

Applications and Benefits of Lasers in Orthodontics

Laser orthodontic treatment has many applications and comes with numerous benefits. Orthodontists use lasers to treat problems such as crowded teeth, teeth spacing issues, cross-bite, overbite, open-bite, offset midlines and teeth protrusions.

But perhaps the single biggest reason that explains the popularity of lasers in orthodontics is the fact they can drastically shorten treatment time. If your orthodontist wants to align your teeth to give you a better smile and good bite, they will normally use braces on each tooth. In numerous cases, the surface of the tooth may be either partially or fully covered with gum tissue, maybe because the tooth is impacted or has not come in all the way. Whatever the reason, using a laser to remove this excess gum tissue so that the orthodontist can easily place a bracket on it can save you about six months of waiting. The orthodontist simply applies a topical anesthetic before removing the gum tissue.

As laser treatment in orthodontics continues to advance, and new discoveries are continually being made. One such discovery is that a laser beam shone above the gingiva of teeth before the orthodontist applies the braces actually speeds up the process of alignment. Perhaps this is the case because the gingiva become more relaxed after a laser is shone on the gums and allows the teeth to move with less resistance.

FAQ: How to Get Affordable Braces in Clovis?

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Wearing teeth braces usually results in considerable frictional force impacted by the brace on the teeth and gums. This force is necessary because it is responsible for gradually moving the teeth into position. Unfortunately, all this frictional force often makes the patient’s gums quite sore. In some cases, the patient develops a canker sore or even ulcerations where the braces make contact with the gums, resulting in a lot of discomfort. To prevent this from happening, orthodontists usually shine a laser beam on the gum area where the braces will go. The gum tissue absorbs the energy from the laser and becomes desensitized. This minimizes discomfort for the patient when wearing braces, and also speeds up healing time.

In some patients, tissue attachments affect the positions of the teeth and can sometimes cause wide spaces between the teeth. This is a pretty common condition that you might have seen in some people. A common area where this condition occurs is the frenum tissue that connects the lips and cheeks to the gums. This tissue often has muscle and fiber that causes wide spaces between the teeth and recession of the teeth. To correct this condition, an orthodontist applies a topical anesthesia and then uses a laser to loosen up these fibers and move them up to prevent the patient’s teeth from receding any further.

Yet another common use of lasers in orthodontics is during the treatment and removal of plaque. Plaque is a thin, soft and sticky film that builds on your teeth and harbors millions of bacteria. These bacteria break down the sugars in your food and produce acids in the process. These acids attack the enamel and can cause tooth decay and gum disease if they are allowed to accumulate on the surfaces of teeth and gums. That is why it’s highly recommended to frequently brush and floss your teeth to remove this layer of plaque. Patients who are wearing teeth brackets often find it hard to reach some surfaces on their gums and teeth, which encourages the build-up of plaque which often results in swelling of gums. To prevent this from happening, your orthodontist uses a laser to remove excess gum tissue to allow the patient to access all parts of their gums and teeth for proper oral hygiene.

Once the treatment is complete, the orthodontist evaluates the contours of the edges of the patient’s teeth as well as the contour of the gingiva on the patient’s teeth to make sure it is smooth, has an even height, and is symmetrical. The gingiva is often uneven in patients with crooked teeth. Once the orthodontist is satisfied that your teeth are properly aligned, they use a laser to re-contour your gingiva to make it even and symmetrical which improves your smile even further.

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New and Exciting Discoveries in Laser Treatment in Orthodontics

One of the most exciting discovery made recently regarding laser use in orthodontics is that lasers might one day be used to regrow damaged teeth! We were all told as children that we only get one set of permanent teeth as adults and once we lose those we have to make do with artificial teeth (unlike crocodiles and sharks whose teeth are constantly replaced soon as they drop off). Researchers have found that low doses of laser radiation shone on the cavities left behind when teeth fall of in rats encouraged growth of new stem cells and dentin. This could turn out to be a really big discovery that will benefit millions of adults who wear artificial teeth.

Come and Get State-of-the-art Orthodontic Treatment in Fresno, Ca

Nalchajian Orthodontics is a top Fresno Orthodontist practice that specializes in state-of-the-art orthodontic procedures including laser treatments for patients in Fresno and Clovis area. Being one of the top Fresno Orthodontists, we are passionate about getting results far beyond the expectations of the average treatment process. By utilizing modern technology including soft tissue lasers in our procedures, we are able to continually go over and above the standard care to achieve a truly successful outcome. So, what are you waiting for, call us or schedule a visit to our Orthodontist Fresno Ca offices and get the smile you have always dreamed of.

Nalchajian Orthodontics
7501 N Fresno St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93720
Phone: (559) 432 7100

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Tooth-Friendly Recipe 4: Broccoli Cheese Soup

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Enjoy Nutritious Broccoli Cheese Soup

It is important to eat nutritious foods after you begin orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign aligners. Smooth soups are easy to consume because you won’t need to chew hard ingredients. Broccoli cheese soup is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals to keep your teeth and facial bones stronger. When you are eating a bowl of broccoli cheese soup, you are ingesting vitamin C, iron and calcium. It is easy to make broccoli and cheese soup in a saucepan to have it ready for lunch or dinner. If you make extra soup, then you can refrigerate it for the next day, and it is possible to freeze this food in small containers.

How To Prepare Broccoli Cheese Soup

To make broccoli and cheese soup, you can use frozen broccoli along with a variety of cheeses. You will also need milk for the base of the soup along with vegetable broth. For additional flavor, mince an onion and saute it in margarine before adding the milk. Use a whisk to add a small amount of flour to thicken this mixture before adding the broth. As this mixture begins to simmer, add cubes of cheese that will melt as you stir the soup. Last, add small pieces of broccoli to the soup. Cook this mixture over low heat while stirring it frequently.

Recipe

Ingredients:
3 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
1 ¾ cups broccoli florets (about 8 ounces)
1 ½ cup diced yellow onion
3 medium carrots
2 garlic cloves
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¾ cup half-and-half
4 ounces shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
Fresh parsley
Instructions:
Chop the broccoli florets and carrots, dice the onion and mince the garlic cloves. Pour the stock into a large saucepan and bring to a boil, adding the broccoli, onion, carrots, salt, pepper and garlic. Reduce heat and cook until broccoli is tender. Remove soup from heat and blend ingredients, either using a hand blender or by pouring batches of soup into a blender or food processor. Once fully blended, return soup to saucepan. Stir in half-and-half and two ounces of cheese. To serve, top with parsley and remaining cheese.

 

Recipe from https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/broccoli-cheese-soup.html

Schedule an Orthodontic Appointment At Nalchajian Orthodontics

If you live in California, then you can schedule an appointment at Nalchajian Orthodontics to learn more about fixing your malocclusions. An orthodontist at one of our facilities can examine your teeth to determine what type of treatment you require to improve your smile. We have two experts available, including:

• Dr. Nicole Nalchajian
• Dr. Greg Nalchajian

You can visit our Clovis or Fresno location to have orthodontic treatment with these devices:

• Ceramic or metal braces
• Invisalign aligners
• Herbst appliances
• Retainers

After your examination that includes medical images, you will enjoy a free consultation to learn more about orthodontic treatment.

Nalchajian Orthodontics
7501 N Fresno St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93720
Phone: (559) 432 7100

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Are braces painful?

bracesAre braces painful?

Orthodontic treatments have changed a lot in response to new technology, and you will be happy to know that this has drastically reduced the discomfort associated with braces. While everyone wants a beautiful smile, it is common for people to express concern about having to deal with pain. As you know, orthodontists like to know that their patients are comfortable, and they will use every technique available to keep you as pain-free as possible. While orthodontic treatment is not completely painless, understanding the differences in appliances and maintenance strategies can help you choose the most comfortable option.

Benefit From New Attachment Methods For Metal Braces

Many older adults can remember when metal brackets were rings that had to be forced between the teeth. This often led to increased discomfort during the initial placement, and patients sometimes found that the metal brackets irritated their gums. Now, brackets are usually able to be cemented to the teeth using a special type of orthodontic glue that can be removed when treatment is complete. These smaller brackets reduce the pressure placed on the rest of your mouth, and it makes getting your new braces as comfortable as getting a dental cleaning.

Understand The Treatment Process

Orthodontic appliances work by creating tension that pushes or pulls your teeth into the preferred alignment. It is this tension that is usually the cause of any pain that you might feel during your treatment, and it is typically worse the first few days after you have your braces placed on your teeth. Eventually, the pain will recede, but it may flare up occasionally when you visit your orthodontist to have your braces adjusted. It is important to note that everyone responds to the pressure differently. Older teens and adults tend to be able to ignore the pain more than younger kids who may not understand what is happening. Talking about the treatment process, and reminding kids that the pain eases up over several days helps them manage any discomfort that they feel.

Find Out If Invisalign Is An Option

Many people prefer clear plastic aligners for aesthetic reasons, but you may also find that they are more comfortable than the traditional metal appliances. This is because Invisalign works by using aligner trays that are customized to fit your teeth. Since the aligners fit over your teeth, there is no need for metal wires that can hurt your cheeks and gums. While you will still have that mild discomfort caused by pressure that occurs whenever you change out your trays, you can reduce other types of pain.

Recognize When Pain Means Something Is Wrong

Once you get used to your braces, you should feel comfortable the majority of the time. You will also begin to recognize what normal discomfort is that follows having your braces tightened. For instance, you may have a feeling of pressure in your mouth, and some people have mild headaches. However, you should never find that having orthodontic treatment creates severe pain that interferes with your normal activities. When pain feels constant, sharp or unusual compared to the normal pressure, it is important to visit your orthodontist to see what might be wrong. Sometimes, you may have a broken wire poking your mouth, or your braces may be too tight. Either way, your orthodontic team can make a few corrective adjustments to make sure that you can eat and speak normally without being in pain.

Minimize the Pain Associated With Treatment

While a little discomfort just goes with the process of straightening your teeth, there are many things that you can do to keep the pain levels low. For instance, you can use special wax to protect your tender cheeks and gums from areas where the metal brackets and wires might rub. You can also take a mild pain reliever before and after your orthodontic appointments to ease the discomfort and inflammation. If you get a scrape or sore in your mouth, then using salt water rinses helps the area to feel better and heal faster. If you are a good candidate for Invisalign, then you might also prefer this treatment since you can remove your trays for eating so that it is more comfortable as well.

Follow Your Treatment Instructions

Taking care of your orthodontic appliances goes a long way toward ensuring that you do not deal with major pain because things like broken wires or retainers hurt. If you have traditional metal braces, then make sure to listen to your orthodontist’s instructions regarding which foods to avoid. This is because hard or sticky foods can break the wires and lead to a need for an emergency appointment. It is also important to avoid oral behaviors such as biting your nails or chewing on pencils for the same reason. With both types of braces, you will also need to keep up your oral hygiene routine. Make sure that you know how to brush and floss your teeth properly and learn how to clean your aligner trays. This way, you can avoid having other oral health issues such as cavities arise during your treatment that can generate serious pain.

Schedule an Orthodontic Appointment At Nalchajian Orthodontics

If you live in California, then you can schedule an appointment at Nalchajian Orthodontics to learn more about fixing your malocclusions. An orthodontist at one of our facilities can examine your teeth to determine what type of treatment you require to improve your smile. We have two experts available, including:

• Dr. Nicole Nalchajian
• Dr. Greg Nalchajian

You can visit our Clovis or Fresno location to have orthodontic treatment with these devices:

• Ceramic or metal braces
• Invisalign aligners
• Herbst appliances
• Retainers

After your examination that includes medical images, you will enjoy a free consultation to learn more about orthodontic treatment.

Nalchajian Orthodontics
7501 N Fresno St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93720
Phone: (559) 432 7100

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Tooth-Friendly Recipe 3: Celery Root Soup

Celery Root SoupTooth-Friendly Recipe 3: Celery Root Soup

Healthy, beautiful teeth require good nutrition. Vegetables provide many of the needed vitamins and minerals that make up strong teeth. Soup is the perfect food to consume the first, few days with braces or after an adjustment. Warm, creamy soup is soothing in the mouth and beneficial to the body.

Celery Root (also know as celeriac) is loaded with Vitamins A, C and K. Vitamin K is known to improve bone mineralization. Celeriac also contains essential minerals phosphorus, iron and calcium. Phosphorus is required for bone and teeth formation.

This root vegetable has a mild, pleasant taste and when combined with potatoes produces a delicious and satisfying meal. The soup is easy to make and can be stored in the refrigerator and reheated.

Here is a recipe for Celery Root Soup.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon butter

1 medium onion

1 clove garlic

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 celery root

1 large potato

4 cups vegetable stock

1 cup whipping cream

Ground nutmeg

Fresh dill

Instructions:

Chop onions. Peel potato, and then cut into cubes. Melt the butter over medium heat in a deep pot. Add chopped onion and cook for three minutes, stirring constantly. Add salt, pepper and minced garlic. Stir in celery root and potato, pouring stock over the mixture. Cook until vegetables are tender. Then, blend vegetables (by transferring to a blender or using a hand blender), and add cream and a pinch of nutmeg. Cook on high for 15 minutes, then serve with a garnish of dill.

Recipe from https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/celery-root-soup.html 

Schedule an Orthodontic Appointment At Nalchajian Orthodontics

If you live in California, then you can schedule an appointment at Nalchajian Orthodontics to learn more about fixing your malocclusions. An orthodontist at one of our facilities can examine your teeth to determine what type of treatment you require to improve your smile. We have two experts available, including:

• Dr. Nicole Nalchajian
• Dr. Greg Nalchajian

You can visit our Clovis or Fresno location to have orthodontic treatment with these devices:

• Ceramic or metal braces
• Invisalign aligners
• Herbst appliances
• Retainers

After your examination that includes medical images, you will enjoy a free consultation to learn more about orthodontic treatment.

Nalchajian Orthodontics
7501 N Fresno St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93720
Phone: (559) 432 7100

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Is it Required that Teeth are Shaved to Correct Crowding with Invisalign?

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LAST UPDATED: APRIL 25, 2017

If you are thinking about Invisalign treatment, whether it is for yourself or your teen, you are probably dealing with an issue that requires the orthodontist to correct crowding. While Invisalign is a wonderful solution for anyone who wants the benefits of braces without the appearance of traditional metal wires and brackets, there is also a down side to Invisalign aligners. In some cases, teeth shaving is the only answer.

FAQ

How does the orthodontist deal with Crowding Issues?

The majority of orthodontic patients are dealing with crowding problems. There simply isn’t enough space in their mouths, resulting in overlapping or crooked teeth. To correct crowding, Clovis Orthodontics will need to find a solution that will create space in the mouth. This can happen in three different ways. Teeth can be removed to make more room for the rest of the teeth to shift into place, the arch can be expanded, or teeth can be shaved to create space. When shaving is performed, only the slightest amount of tooth is actually removed. Otherwise, you will need to think about more extreme methods, such as tooth extraction, to get the same results. Invisalign treatment is attractive, effective, and convenient. Aligners can be removed during sporting events, special occasions, and when eating. It’s an excellent solution for anyone with an active lifestyle, helping them to avoid many problems that can occur with traditional braces. Invisalign aligners make it much easier to keep teeth clean, ensuring healthier teeth as well.

What is the solution?

Choosing to move forward with orthodontics is a major decision. It means making a financial investment and a commitment to yourself that will take a long time to finally see the end results. Whether you opt for Invisalign or another form of orthodontic treatment, it will likely mean at least a year of treatment for most cases. More often, two years can be expected. You need to be satisfied with the alternative that you choose in the end. You also need to understand what will be involved in every step of the way for your treatment plan. If you are completely opposed to teeth shaving, your orthodontist is still going to need to make room. Tooth extraction means saying goodbye to adult teeth forever, while shaving will only remove a portion that is not noticeable in the least. The choice is yours.

Contact Clovis Orthodontics Today

Visit Nalchajian Orthodontics to learn about Invisalign and other orthodontic solutions. Discover what services are offered at your local orthodontist’s office. The next step is to set up your consultation so that you can find the answers to all of your questions. Through evaluation, your orthodontist will be able to devise a treatment plan and discuss what is involved in the process. If you are concerned about teeth shaving, find out what other options are available to get satisfactory results. Orthodontics can truly change your life or the life of your child. The only way to find out more is to make that call.

Nalchajian Orthodontics
7501 N Fresno St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93720
Phone: (559) 432 7100

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Tooth-Friendly Recipe 2: Eggplant Pizzas

eggplant pizzaDelicious Eggplant Pizzas are a Tooth-Friendly Option

If you have kids, you already know, trying to get them to eat healthily can be a challenge. Of course, if they have braces, you have to be even more conscientious about finding tooth-friendly recipes that are both kid-friendly, nutritious, and not frowned upon by your orthodontist.

Many leading orthodontists recommend avoiding the following:

• Popcorn
• Crunchy style chips
• Ice
• Corn on the cob
• Nuts
• Pizza crust

Well, as a parent, you’re probably already wondering what you’re going to feed your child. These tend to be some of the most popular foods for pre-teens and teens. Can you imagine telling your child that pizza is off limits? Fortunately, with a few minor substitutions, you’ll be able to satisfy their desire for a yummy pizza without risking a disapproving look from the orthodontist.

A delicious eggplant pizza is not only tooth-friendly, but it is as delicious as it is nutritious. This is the type of pizza you can feel good about serving your kids whether they have braces or not. Whether you use it as a substitute for your traditional Friday night pizza party or you serve it as a quick weekday meal, even the fussiest kids will quickly become fans.

The low carb roasted eggplant base makes the perfect faux crust for your favorite pizza. Simply top the eggplant rounds with your choice of toppings or follow the recipe to get amazing results. If you think your kids are going to turn their noses up at the thought of making a substitution to their favorite takeout pizza, you might be surprised. Cook up these pizzas, let the kids help, and everyone will have a great time as well as a delicious meal.

Schedule an Orthodontic Appointment At Nalchajian Orthodontics

If you live in California, then you can schedule an appointment at Nalchajian Orthodontics to learn more about fixing your malocclusions. An orthodontist at one of our facilities can examine your teeth to determine what type of treatment you require to improve your smile. We have two experts available, including:

• Dr. Nicole Nalchajian
• Dr. Greg Nalchajian

You can visit our Clovis or Fresno location to have orthodontic treatment with these devices:

• Ceramic or metal braces
• Invisalign aligners
• Herbst appliances
• Retainers

After your examination that includes medical images, you will enjoy a free consultation to learn more about orthodontic treatment.

Recipe

Ingredients:
2 medium eggplants
1 lb Roma tomatoes
2 cups grated cheese
Salt
Pepper
Oregano
Basil
Olive oil
2 cloves garlic
Instructions:
Grease a baking tray with olive oil. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the eggplant into circles about half an inch thick, and place on baking tray. Sprinkle salt on the eggplant circles, as per taste. Cut up the tomatoes into circles about a quarter-inch thick. Place tomato circles on the eggplant, covering as much surface as possible. Put garlic cloves through a garlic press, and add a touch of garlic to each tomato. Sprinkle salt, pepper, oregano and basil on top, and then cover each circle with cheese. Cook for 20 minutes or until cheese is golden-brown.

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Tooth-Friendly Recipe 1: Garlic Sweet Potato Mash

garlic sweet potato mashTooth-Friendly Recipe 1: Garlic Sweet Potato Mash

Eat Delicious Mashed Sweet Potatoes That Are Flavored With Garlic

After you begin to wear braces or Invisalign aligners, your soft oral cavity tissues will feel tender, and it is a good idea to eat soft foods. Mashed potatoes are always an excellent choice because you don’t need to chew the food, but it offers a lot of nutrition. If you get tired of mashed potatoes made from white potatoes, then switch to making mashed sweet potatoes. You boil sweet potatoes with water until the vegetables are ready for adding milk and butter. For additional flavor, add a clove of minced garlic to the sweet potato mixture. It is easy to make extra garlic sweet potato mash to have for the next day or to pack in a container for your lunch.

Nutrients In Sweet Potatoes

Your orthodontist will tell you that consuming nutritious food is vital for your health because it helps to keep your teeth and bones stronger. Sweet potatoes offer several nutrients that include:

• Manganese
• Iron
• Vitamin A
• Calcium
• Thiamine
• Niacin
• Vitamin B

While you shouldn’t eat hard foods that can damage your wires and brackets, it is still possible to enjoy tasty food while you undergo orthodontic treatment.

Schedule an Orthodontic Appointment At Nalchajian Orthodontics

If you live in California, then you can schedule an appointment at Nalchajian Orthodontics to learn more about fixing your malocclusions. An orthodontist at one of our facilities can examine your teeth to determine what type of treatment you require to improve your smile. We have two experts available, including:

• Dr. Nicole Nalchajian
• Dr. Greg Nalchajian

You can visit our Clovis or Fresno location to have orthodontic treatment with these devices:

• Ceramic or metal braces
• Invisalign aligners
• Herbst appliances
• Retainers

After your examination that includes medical images, you will enjoy a free consultation to learn more about orthodontic treatment.

Recipe

Ingredients:
4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 tablespoon butter
3 cloves garlic, crushed
½ cup 1% milk
2 tablespoons light sour cream
Salt and pepper
Instructions:
Place sweet potatoes in a slow cooker and cover them with water. Salt the water, then place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for four hours. Just before the potatoes are done, melt the butter in a pan and sauté the garlic until golden. Use a colander to drain the potatoes and put them back into the slow cooker. Add the garlic butter, milk and sour cream, then mash until creamy. Season with salt and pepper to desired taste. You can keep the sweet potato mash warm in the slow cooker for up to two hours.

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