Thinking about getting Invisalign or braces? Are you worried about pain and discomfort? Going through orthodontic treatment is a process that provides a lifetime of benefits however, requires not only patience, but a little effort too. We would be fibbing if we said there is zero discomfort during orthodontic treatment. Getting braces on, wearing new Invisalign aligners, and the required adjustments made during treatment all cause soreness. So, like we said before, patience is definitely a virtue during treatment. But, not to worry, discomfort can easily be dealt with, you just need to put in a little extra effort.
Soreness can be eased by rinsing with warm salt water and taking the recommended dosage of either a type of ibuprofen or acetaminophen. But, at Legler Orthodontics we know that nothing feels better than an ice-cold smoothie to ease the tenderness. Now, don’t let us scare you! Discomfort and soreness are minimal and only last a couple of days but we wanted to share several smoothie recipes that are delicious and healthy!
Before we share these recipes, we want to stress that not all smoothies are created equally. It is very easy to overload a smoothie with sugar and other unhealthy ingredients without even realizing. While it may taste delicious, smoothies like this can contribute to tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and an array of other problems. Therefore, you make a smoothie to relieve soreness to then create other issues that can easily be avoided. If you keep sugars and acids to a minimum and include other ingredients that are good for mouth health, you are in business! Some of these ingredients include:
Low Sugar Fruits- They add sweetness to smoothies without going overboard. Berries, apples, pears, and bananas are always great options.
Yogurt with Little Sugar- teeth are essentially minerals so, the calcium and phosphates in yogurt help rebuild teeth and strengthen them.
Tea- Polyphenols found in tea are good at controlling plaque and bacteria.
Coconut Oil- Potent antibacterial properties are found in coconut oil and as a result help to prevent cavities and other infections.
Ghee- This ingredient is a butter that is high in vitamins that helps strengthen and re-mineralize teeth.
Overall, smoothies help soreness, promote teeth and mouth health, and fill an empty belly with nutrients and of course deliciousness. Here are some recipes that are yum yum yummy and extremely healthy:
Healthy Mouth Smoothie
½ cup green tea
½ cup plain yogurt
1 tsp ghee
1 TBL of coconut oil
Banana, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries
Frozen Smoothie for Soreness
½ cup vanilla yogurt
Frozen peaches and blueberries
½ tsp cinnamon
2 TBL Lime juice
1 TBL honey
1 cup black tea
2 ½ cups low sugar pineapple juice
2 ½ cups orange and grapefruit slices
3 TBL honey
½ tsp cinnamon
Apple Peanut Butter Smoothie
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
½ cup chocolate yogurt
2 whole medium sized cored apples, yellow and red
Organic peanut butter