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Now That I Have Braces, What Can I Eat? Dr. Baruffi Explains

May 14th, 2009

At Southcenter Dental, we see a lot of patients who are also in orthodontic treatment. One of the most common concerns we hear about is all the foods you can't eat! Particularly anything sticky, hard, crunchy, or chewy. What does this leave for you to eat? Lettuce? Nothing?

Luckily, there was someone else wondering the same thing when she first got braces! Brenda Waterman, 13, decided she was going to find a way to have her cake and eat it too, so she created a variety of “braces-friendly” recipes that allow you to enjoy your favorite treats without interfering with your orthodontic care! Her cookbook, “The Braces Cookbook: Recipes you (and your Orthodontist) will Love,” gives patients a variety of delicious recipes, safe to eat with braces; plus additional tips and advice for packing lunches, what to eat at parties, and braces-friendly restaurant dishes! There’s even a section with tips for dealing with the soreness that can occur when your braces or appliance are adjusted. Enjoy the foods you love – even with braces!

At Southcenter Dental, we wanted to share a delicious, sneak peek recipe from “The Braces Cookbook:”

Wonderful Waffles

Forget the recipe that came with your waffle iron – this recipe will redefine fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth goodness. The secret to delicious waffles is letting the batter "sit" for five minutes before pouring into the waffle iron. Top cooked waffles with syrup, jam, fresh fruit or even whip cream. Makes about 5 servings!

Preheat your waffle iron according to the directions. You may want to lightly spray it with vegetable oil before heating.

--3 cups flour
--2 Tbl + 2 tsp baking powder
--1 tsp salt
--2 Tbl sugar
--4 cups milk
--4 eggs
--1/2 cup vegetable oil

In a large bowl, whisk (or use electric mixer on low) together all ingredients. Let batter sit for about five minutes to activate the baking powder.

When waffle iron is ready, pour about 1/3 cup of batter onto each of the four squares (experiment with your iron – you don't want the batter overflowing). Gently close the cover and set your timer as the manufacturer suggests. Do not lift the cover while they bake. When done, carefully lift one edge with a flat spatula and pull the waffle away from the iron. Keep waffles warm on a plate under a clean dishtowel while the others bake.

Everybody Is Brushing With Southcenter Dental

May 7th, 2009

Watch this fun video with your kids to teach them the importance of good oral hygiene!

Time for your kids to have a dental checkup? Give us a call at Southcenter Dental! We are conveniently located in the Seattle Metropolitan Area to meet the needs of all our patients.

Getting Married? Smile Bright with Southcenter Dental

April 27th, 2009

Summer is coming and you know what that means – the most popular time of the year for weddings! June and August are the most popular months to tie the knot. If you are gearing up for a wedding this summer, consider matching that white dress to a perfectly white smile!

At Southcenter Dental, we offer in-office tooth whitening for the bride, the groom, or the entire wedding party! You get the girls together to get their nails done, and now you can get them together to get their teeth done!

In-office whitening is the quickest, most effective way to achieve whiter teeth. Because we at Southcenter Dental are dental professionals, we have the expertise to use higher percentages of whitening agents than the at-home systems allow. So you can get a brighter white, usually in just one visit!

Give us a ring at Dr. Baruffi's office and let us add some extra sparkle to your “I do”!

Common Questions About Teeth Whitening

April 20th, 2009

How Long Does Whitening Last?

Worried about turning back into a pumpkin after your transformation? Whitening toothpastes, to the small degree that they are effective, lose their effect when you stop brushing with them. OTC products can produce results that last several months, while in-office procedures can whiten your teeth for years. Results vary quite a bit, depending on factors such as your current tooth color, whether you smoke, if you regularly drink staining beverages like coffee, and how well you take care of your teeth.

What About Side Effects?

The only potential side effect of the whitening process is sensitivity of the gums and tissues. In-office procedures (during which we coat your gums) and custom-fitted mouth trays for at-home systems can help avoid this possibility. In most cases, sensitivity is temporary and disappears soon after treatment is complete. If you already have sensitive teeth or gums, talk to us at Southcenter Dental before you consider any type of whitening treatment; this may not be the best course of action for you.

Important Considerations

When deciding how to improve the appearance of your teeth, it's important to note the circumstances in which whitening may not be appropriate:

--If your teeth or gums are not in ideal health, whitening should wait. If, for instance, a cavity is forming, or your gums have begun to recede, whitening could be a painful experience for you. Once we have resolved any problems, then you can proceed with whitening.

--If your front teeth (those visible when you smile) have crowns or fillings, whitening may not be the best solution for you, because the restoration materials will not change color with your teeth, and will stand out against the lighter shade. In this case, you may be a candidate for veneers or bonding. Alternatively, you may want to have your restorations replaced in a lighter shade before you whiten – in which case it's important to keep your teeth white, lest you lose the match.

--If your teeth are severely stained, or if the staining is medication-related or congenital (present since birth), whitening will likely not do the trick. Veneers or bonding may be the best choice for you.

Before you make any decision about whitening, your teeth and gums should be in optimal health. At Southcenter Dental, we make sure you're in prime condition before you proceed with any type of treatment, be it over-the-counter or in-office. Give us a call to set up an appointment today.

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