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October is National Orthodontic Health Month

October is National Orthodontic Health Month

October gives us many things to smile about: Gorgeous fall foliage, the excitement of the approaching holiday season, and the spooky fun of Halloween. But did you know that October is also National Orthodontic Health Month? Well, it is! That’s right, our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists created this annual, month-long observance to Read more...
Happy Independence Day from Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC

Happy Independence Day from Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC

Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC would like to wish all of you a safe and Happy Fourth of July!
What is Interproximal Reduction (IPR)? [with Video]

What is Interproximal Reduction (IPR)? [with Video]

Interproximal reduction (IPR) is a procedure in which a small amount of enamel is shaved off of the tooth. The process is also referred to as interproximal enamel reduction, or tooth (teeth) stripping, slenderizing or shaving. In today’s post we’ll cover what you can expect if you need IPR during your orthodontic treatment, as well Read more...
Memorial Day 2017

Memorial Day 2017

While many view Memorial Day as the culmination of a long weekend or an opportunity to catch a great sale, we hope you’ll join us in taking some time today to reflect on the true reason for this day of remembrance, which was declared a national holiday in 1971. This isn’t a call to feel Read more...
Tips for a Braces Friendly Barbecue (with recipe)

Tips for a Braces Friendly Barbecue (with recipe)

Some barbecue favorites can make it difficult to clean your teeth and braces at best, and at worst can cause damage that will potentially add extra time and expense to your orthodontic treatment. Today we’re sharing some tips (as well as a braces friendly recipe) to help minimize your risks and keep the focus on Read more...
Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD) Usage in Orthodontics (with video)

Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD) Usage in Orthodontics (with video)

If you’ve been researching orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, you may have come across the term Temporary Anchorage Device (or TAD for short). Today we’re sharing an excellent video (just under 5 minutes) about TADs, courtesy of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) and the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Read more...
The Most Customizable Recipe in the World: Overnight Oats

The Most Customizable Recipe in the World: Overnight Oats

If this is the first you’re hearing of overnight oats…we’re kind of surprised. But, no worries, we’ll get you up to speed on this super yummy and (generally) super healthy recipe in no time. Read on for the basic formula for overnight oats, as well as few of our favorite flavor combinations and some tips Read more...
Tips for Avoiding Delays in Your Orthodontic Treatment

Tips for Avoiding Delays in Your Orthodontic Treatment

Whether you’re wearing traditional metal or clear braces, Invisalign® or another appliance, if you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment you are probably much(!) more excited about the end result than going through the treatment process itself. After months or even years of commitment to your orthodontic journey, the last thing you want is more time added to Read more...
Four Ways to Serve Braces Friendly Salmon (Recipes)

Four Ways to Serve Braces Friendly Salmon (Recipes)

If you’re looking for easy and delicious ways to incorporate salmon into your meal plan, then this is the post for you! Salmon is not only packed with protein and heart healthy Omega-3s, it’s also easy on the braces, so it’s something every member of the family can enjoy. Today we’re sharing four different salmon Read more...
Braces Giving You a Dry Mouth? Here are Seven Simple Solutions

Braces Giving You a Dry Mouth? Here are Seven Simple Solutions

Getting orthodontic treatment can be one of the most rewarding decisions you make in your life; aside from the health and functional benefits of having straight teeth and a proper bite, the increased confidence and self-esteem that comes with having a beautiful smile has a positive affect on all areas of life, from school and Read more...
How to Prevent White Spots from Forming on Teeth While Wearing Braces

How to Prevent White Spots from Forming on Teeth While Wearing Braces

The day your braces finally come off should be one of celebration. You should feel good about what you see when you smile in the mirror. But for some patients, that’s not entirely the case: While their teeth may be straight and bite corrected, they notice a new problem has developed—white spots on their teeth. Read more...
Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

With Valentine’s Day drawing near, it’s the perfect time to add another sweet treat to our braces friendly recipe collection. And with its vibrant red color and classic flavor, we thought a red velvet cake recipe would be the perfect choice. It’s not hard to find a cake recipe that someone with braces can eat. Read more...
What to Eat with New Braces (or any time your teeth and mouth are sore)

What to Eat with New Braces (or any time your teeth and mouth are sore)

While getting braces put on in itself is a painless process, the teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue may become sore in the following days (and for up to a week or two) while they adjust to your new hardware. You may also experience some mild discomfort for a few days after your adjustment appointments. Eating Read more...
Invisalign Results-Before and After Photos

Invisalign Results-Before and After Photos

Wondering what kind of results you can expect with Invisalign® clear aligners? Well, wonder no more! Today we’re sharing several before and after photos (courtesy of Invisalign.com) in a single graphic that you can download or pin for future reference. Clear Aligner Therapy for Teens and Adults As you’ll see in the photos below, Invisalign® Read more...
Kid Friendly New Year’s Eve in Vancouver, WA

Kid Friendly New Year’s Eve in Vancouver, WA

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve with the whole family (and without the hangover), we’ve got you covered with this roundup of five kid-friendly events in and around Vancouver, WA that are geared toward various age groups and interests. 1. Noon Year’s Celebration—FVRL First up on our list is Fort Vancouver Read more...
Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Dr. Irwin and the team at Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! There’s no better time than Thanksgiving to extend our immense appreciation to all of our amazing patients! We are very thankful for each and every one of you and we hope that your Thanksgiving gives you Read more...
Braces Friendly Recipes Thanksgiving 2016 Edition

Braces Friendly Recipes Thanksgiving 2016 Edition

With Turkey (or Tofurkey) Day right around the corner, we thought we’d share three braces-friendly side dish recipes that can be easily incorporated into your holiday menu. Scroll down to view the recipes in the order written, or use the links below to skip to the recipe of your choosing: Mashed Winter Squash with Indian Read more...
Ortho Themed Halloween Coloring Pages Free Download

Ortho Themed Halloween Coloring Pages Free Download

Hey kids (and parents)!! In honor of National Orthodontic Health Month, the American Association of Orthodontists has provided three ortho-themed Halloween coloring pages free for you to download, print, and color to your heart’s content. Simply click on the preview images below and your full-sized coloring page should download automatically. Happy National Orthodontic Health Month! Read more...
Three Braces Friendly Recipes for Fall that are Filled with Apple Goodness

Three Braces Friendly Recipes for Fall that are Filled with Apple Goodness

It’s officially autumn, and to celebrate we’re sharing three fall recipes that feature one of our favorite flavors—apple! These dishes are not only delicious, but are easy to make, and easy on the braces (of course!). Scroll down to view all of the recipes in order, or use these links to skip through to the Read more...
6 Month Smiles® Before and After Photos

6 Month Smiles® Before and After Photos

If you’re looking for 6 Month Smiles® Before and After Photos, you’ve come to the right place! Not only are we sharing the photos with you (courtesy of 6monthsmiles.com), but we’ve compiled the entire collection into one handy graphic so that you can easily download, pin and share all of the images in one shot. Read more...
Invisalign v. Invisalign Teen: Marketing Ploy or is There a Difference?

Invisalign v. Invisalign Teen: Marketing Ploy or is There a Difference?

Align Technology revolutionized the way orthodontists straighten teeth when they brought Invisalign® to the market back in 1999. Since then, they have made several improvements to the original design and have come out with different versions of the product to address specific issues. One such version is Invisalign Teen®, which was introduced in 2008. Invisalign Read more...
Braces Friendly Recipes: Eat Your Veggies Edition!

Braces Friendly Recipes: Eat Your Veggies Edition!

It’s been a while since we’ve posted a braces friendly recipe, so today we thought we’d share not one, but THREE recipes for you to try. We know that getting kids to eat their vegegies isn’t always the easiest thing to do; and we know that children who wear braces should avoid hard, crunchy things Read more...
5 Reasons to Smile About Invisalign Teen

5 Reasons to Smile About Invisalign Teen

If you’re a teenager in need of orthodontic treatment, then this post is for you! If the thought of being a braceface for the next year or more has you down in the mouth, Invisalign®Teen may give you something to smile about! Five somethings in fact!! Read on to learn some of the benefits of Read more...
Happy Birthday, America! Independence Day at Fort Vancouver (Washington)

Happy Birthday, America! Independence Day at Fort Vancouver (Washington)

Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC would like to wish America a very Happy Birthday on Monday and all of you a fun and safe holiday weekend! While we’re at it, we thought we’d share some info on Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America, as it’s sure to be a fun-filled day for Read more...
4 Facts That Will Change Your Mind About Traditional Metal Braces

4 Facts That Will Change Your Mind About Traditional Metal Braces

With the emergence of Invisalign® and clear and tooth-colored braces, you may be wondering why traditional metal braces didn’t go the way of the cassette tape years ago. The truth is, metal braces are not only far from obsolete, they actually offer some advantages over other orthodontic treatment options. In this post we’ll focus on Read more...
Types of Retainers and Pros and Cons of Each

Types of Retainers and Pros and Cons of Each

As exciting as getting your braces off may be, it’s important to know that this doesn’t necessarily mark the end of your orthodontic journey. Once the teeth are moved into their proper position, retention is usually recommended to make sure the teeth stay in place. In this post we describe a few of the most Read more...
Memorial Day 2016

Memorial Day 2016

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded that Monday’s holiday was created as a time to pause and honor the men and women who lost their lives serving our country. So be safe and have fun this weekend, but also, remember.
Family Fun This Weekend in Vancouver, WA

Family Fun This Weekend in Vancouver, WA

If you’re in the local Vancouver, WA area and are looking for something fun to do with the kiddos this weekend, the city of Vancouver is serving up two events that are sure to be fun for the whole family. FREE FAMILY FUN DAY AT MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER First up is a FREE family fun Read more...
Kids Fight Plaque in Free Online Game by Colgate

Kids Fight Plaque in Free Online Game by Colgate

If you’re looking for a fun and challenging online game to play, Colgate® has you covered with “Attack of the Plaque Monsters.” This game has Colgate®’s resident dentist, Dr. Rabbit, fighting all manner of green ghoulies (plaque monsters) by squirting them with toothpaste. The game is free and serves as a great reminder to brush Read more...
Famous Brace Faces

Famous Brace Faces

While it’s common for kids and adults alike to feel insecure about how they’ll look with braces, these celebs prove that you can proudly rock your brace face and look good doing it, even in the midst of the spotlight! Emma Watson The Harry Potter actress gained her magical smile by wearing braces back in Read more...
Braces-Themed Connect the Dots Printout for Kids

Braces-Themed Connect the Dots Printout for Kids

Have some fun with this braces-themed connect the dots game, courtesy of the American Association of Orthodontists®. Right-click and save the image below, or download the PDF here.
Ortho-themed Crossword Puzzle for Kids

Ortho-themed Crossword Puzzle for Kids

Have fun with this ortho-themed crossword puzzle created by the American Association of Orthodontists®. Right-click and save the image below, or download and print the PDF here.
Ortho-themed Word Scramble for Kids

Ortho-themed Word Scramble for Kids

Today we’re sharing a fun ortho-themed word scramble created by the American Association of Orthodontists®. Right-click and save the image below, or download and print the PDF here.
Ortho Word Search for Kids

Ortho Word Search for Kids

Here’s a fun ortho-themed word search for kids, courtesy of the American Association of Orthodontists®. Right-click and save the image below, or download and print the PDF here.
Dentist or Orthodontist—What’s the Difference and Why Does it Matter?

Dentist or Orthodontist—What’s the Difference and Why Does it Matter?

When it comes to selecting an oral health care provider, many are unaware of the differences between a general dentist and an orthodontist, much less the importance of selecting the correct professional for the given condition being treated. This article will help you understand the differences between a dentist and an orthodontist, as well as Read more...
Damon®System and Damon®Clear Braces for Kids, Teens and Adults in Vancouver, WA

Damon®System and Damon®Clear Braces for Kids, Teens and Adults in Vancouver, WA

Here at Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC, we offer a variety of state-of-the-art treatment options to ensure our patients receive the highest quality of care while keeping office visits, discomfort and overall treatment time to a minimum. Today’s post provides an overview of one of those options—Damon®System. What is Damon®System? The Damon®System is more than just Read more...
Feb 5th is VDA’s First Friday Downtown

Feb 5th is VDA’s First Friday Downtown

If you’re looking for something fun to do this Friday, check out February 5th’s edition of First Friday Downtown in the Vancouver Arts District, sponsored by Vancouver’s Downtown Association. A variety of events featuring the original works of some amazing artists will be hosted by merchants in the area. Highlights include: Boomerang Coffee House (808 Read more...
Get the Perfect Smile You’ve Always Wanted in as Little as Six Months!

Get the Perfect Smile You’ve Always Wanted in as Little as Six Months!

Are you self-conscious about your smile, but don’t relish the idea of having a mouth full of metal for a year or more? Do you want a perfect smile to compliment that perfect wedding dress you found, but worry there’s not enough time before the Big Day to do anything about it? Whether you want Read more...
Affordable and Convenient Orthodontic Treatment for Adults in Vancouver, WA

Affordable and Convenient Orthodontic Treatment for Adults in Vancouver, WA

According to a survey conducted by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment reached an all-time high in recent years, and that number continues to grow today. It’s no surprise, really—with the latest in technological advances and variety of treatment options to choose from, addressing your orthodontic concerns as Read more...
Braces Friendly Sugar Cookie Recipe

Braces Friendly Sugar Cookie Recipe

Sugar cookies are a time-honored holiday tradition that are as fun to cut out and decorate as they are to eat, but they’re often too hard for those undergoing orthodontic treatment to snack on safely and comfortably. Luckily, there are softer versions of this classic cookie that can be enjoyed by the whole family, including Read more...
Happy Thanksgiving from Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists PLLC

Happy Thanksgiving from Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists PLLC

We are beyond thankful for our amazing patients and would like to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving and a safe and fun holiday weekend!
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe opens tonight at the Magenta Theater in downtown Vancouver, WA

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe opens tonight at the Magenta Theater in downtown Vancouver, WA

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe opens tonight at the Magenta Theater in downtown Vancouver (Washington). If you missed your chance to get tickets for tonight’s performance, have no fear–the production will continue to run through December 19th (select dates and times). As per the description on the Magenta Theater’s website: “This dramatization of Read more...
Braces Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

Braces Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, we thought we’d share some braces friendly recipes that will be delicious additions to your holiday menu. These dishes approach classic flavors from a slightly different angle, so they’re perfect if you’re wanting to change things up a bit this year. MASHED CHIPOTLE SWEET POTATOES Sweet potatoes are already sweet (hence Read more...
Veterans Day 2015

Veterans Day 2015

Thank you to all the Veterans out there for your service and your sacrifice. Today and every day, we are grateful.
Three Tips for a Braces Friendly Halloween from Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC

Three Tips for a Braces Friendly Halloween from Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC

Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC would like to wish everyone a very safe and Happy Halloween! And although we recently wrote a post highlighting braces-friendly snacks (and those to avoid), we thought we’d share a few reminders today to help those undergoing orthodontic treatment avoid potential problems while still enjoying all the fun of this treat-centric Read more...
Affordable Orthodontist in Vancouver, WA

Affordable Orthodontist in Vancouver, WA

At Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, we understand that budget is a concern for many families; that is why we aim to make orthodontic treatment affordable for everyone with our military and union discounts, flexible payment plans, and by accepting most insurances and many PPOs. You don’t have to compromise on the quality of your family’s orthodontic Read more...
Google Reviews

Google Reviews

Calling all (former and current) patients!! Would you be willing to take a moment or two to leave us a review on Google? We value your feedback and it not only helps us, but it also helps those seeking an orthodontist for the first time to make an informed decision. If you aren’t sure how to Read more...
Braces Friendly Snacks

Braces Friendly Snacks

Snack options for those wearing braces are not as limited as some might think. For a brief period following the initial installation of braces and again after subsequent adjustments, one may need to stick to softer foods. But for the rest of the time, snack options are wide open…well, almost. Read on for a rundown Read more...
Orthodontic Retainer FAQ

Orthodontic Retainer FAQ

Many who seek orthodontic treatment are under the impression that once the braces come off they can say goodbye to their orthodontist forever. But, the reality is that straightening teeth with braces or Invisalign® is only part of the story; once the teeth have been aligned, retention (wearing a retainer) is necessary to stabilize the Read more...
Avocado Three [Braces-Friendly] Ways

Avocado Three [Braces-Friendly] Ways

Being equally nutritious and delicious, avocados are a great addition to any braces-friendly menu. With that in mind, we are sharing not one, but three of our favorite avocado-centric (and braces-friendly) recipes with you here today: SALMON, PEA AND AVOCADO PASTA SALAD Ingredients 14 oz bow tie pasta 14 oz skinless salmon fillets, bones removed Read more...
8 Signs That Your Child May Need Braces

8 Signs That Your Child May Need Braces

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children have their first orthodontic check up by age 7, as early orthodontic care can minimize issues that would require more extensive treatment or even surgery later on in a child’s life. And while orthodontists have specialized training that allow them to detect subtle abnormalities that would go Read more...
8 Questions to Ask During Your Orthodontic Consultation

8 Questions to Ask During Your Orthodontic Consultation

If you are considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, the first step on that journey will be the initial consultation and exam. During this appointment the doctor will determine whether treatment is needed, and if so will develop a customized treatment plan based on your specific needs. This is also the time to Read more...
Memorial Day Thanks

Memorial Day Thanks

Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC would like to thank all U.S. service men and women and families for your dedication and sacrifice.
How to Floss with Braces (with video)

How to Floss with Braces (with video)

In addition to brushing and rinsing, flossing is an essential part of any good oral hygiene routine. And while it can be a bit trickier and more time consuming if you wear braces, it is now more important than ever to avoid the temptation to skip this step, as disease and cavity-causing plaque has even Read more...
Video: Brushing teeth with braces using Sonicare toothbrush

Video: Brushing teeth with braces using Sonicare toothbrush

Once you have braces, it is more important than ever to maintain a good oral hygiene routine because there are more nooks and crannies in which food and plaque can become trapped. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing at least twice a day (and preferably after each meal and snack) is imperative to prevent staining, decay, and Read more...
Ultimate! Potato Soup

Ultimate! Potato Soup

This braces-friendly potato soup recipe is sure to become a family favorite. You can get creative with toppings and add-ins, but don’t mess with the cream cheese—it takes the creaminess (and yumminess) of potato soup to a whole new level. Add-Ins and Toppings When it comes to embellishing this recipe, you’re only limited by your Read more...
Invisalign® FAQ

Invisalign® FAQ

According to Align Technology Inc.’s website, over 3,000,000 patients have been treated with Invisalign® since the company went to market with the product in 1999. To help you determine whether you want to be one of the ever-growing number of satisfied Invisalign® patients, we’ve compiled this list of frequently asked questions (and their answers, of Read more...
Braces Care Package Ideas

Braces Care Package Ideas

Getting braces is a big step in anyone’s life whether that person be a child, teen, or adult. Depending on the patient’s perspective (and likely, age), this will be a very exciting time or one during which extra encouragement will be needed. But whether the mood is congratulatory or condolent, a braces care package is Read more...
Is Invisalign® for you?

Is Invisalign® for you?

Although Invisalign® was first introduced back in 1999, it remains a popular orthodontic treatment option due to the convenience, comfort, and aesthetic appeal of these clear, removable plastic aligners. Still, Invisalign® isn’t right for everyone, so we’ve compiled a few questions that will help you make a preliminary determination as to whether or not Invisalign® Read more...
We’re on Google!

We’re on Google!

Hey everybody, Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC is now on Google+! Click the link to check out our page and “follow” us there, and if you are (or were) a patient of Dr. Irwin’s, please consider leaving a review on our Google+ page— it not only helps us, but most importantly it helps others make an Read more...
December Dental Hygiene Slip Winners!

December Dental Hygiene Slip Winners!

Congratulations to our December Dental Hygiene slip winners! Our patient John will receive two free movie tickets to Regal Cinemas, and Skyla will receive a pedicure gift card from a salon of her choice! Thank you both for all your hard work towards maintaining a beautiful smile! We encourage all of our patients to come Read more...
New Year, New Smile

New Year, New Smile

Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC would like to wish everyone a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2015! We’d also like to remind you that the beginning of the new year is the perfect time to get started on that new smile that you’ve been wanting. Our office offers state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment options to get you to Read more...
Holiday Spirit

Holiday Spirit

We’re feeling the holiday spirit here at Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC! There is still time to come in for a FREE exam and consultation before the upcoming New Year! We hope all our current and future patients are enjoying the holiday season as much as we are! Contact us to set up an appointment today!
New Dental Hygiene Reward Slip Program

New Dental Hygiene Reward Slip Program

Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC is starting a “Dental Hygiene Reward Slip” program to reward patients for maintaining their beautiful smiles!!! Patients: Every time before you get your teeth cleaned, come in and fill out the slip so that you and your hygienist will be put into our MONTHLY DRAWING! The patient that wins will receive Read more...
5 Myths About Braces and Orthodontic Treatment

5 Myths About Braces and Orthodontic Treatment

Many people pass on orthodontic treatment that would greatly improve the confidence and oral health of themselves or their loved ones based on outdated or outright false information. In this article, Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC will address five common myths about braces and orthodontic treatment so that you are armed with accurate information when making Read more...
12 Reasons to Choose Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC as Your Vancouver Area Orthodontist

12 Reasons to Choose Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC as Your Vancouver Area Orthodontist

We know that selecting the right orthodontist for yourself or your child can feel like a daunting task, especially with so many providers in the local area. In an effort to make that selection process a little easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of the top twelve reasons Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC is the Read more...
Summer Smoothie

Summer Smoothie

Here is our assistant Danielas’ favorite recipe for sore teeth. It’s like summer in a glass! Ingredients 9 cups watermelon pieces, seedless 12 ounces of frozen strawberries ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice optional sweetener if your fruit isn’t perfectly ripe Instructions Place the watermelon pieces into a blender and blend until smooth. Add the Read more...
Rubber Band Wear

Rubber Band Wear

*Rubber bands are to be worn 24-hours per day except when brushing your teeth, unless stated otherwise by the Orthodontist.  Failure to wear your rubber bands, as instructed, can result in treatment running longer than expected.  It may also affect the finished orthodontic treatment results. *Change your rubber bands at least a few times per Read more...
Appointment Reminders

Appointment Reminders

Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC is pleased to announce that we now provide appointment reminders via email or text. If you prefer to receive your orthodontic appointment reminders via email or text instead of having a message left on your phone, please let us know. You are welcome to call us with your email address or cell phone Read more...
Baked Spaghetti

Baked Spaghetti

This baked version of the Italian classic is sure to be a hit with your whole family, braces-wearers, or not. This is definitely comfort food at its finest! Ingredients 12 ounces spaghetti 1 cup chopped onions 1 cup chopped green bell peppers 1 pound lean ground beef 1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes 1 (4.5 Read more...
Three-Cheese Macaroni Extravaganza

Three-Cheese Macaroni Extravaganza

Cheese, cheese, and more cheese describes this creamy baked macaroni and cheese dish—er, ‘extravaganza.’ This is sure to please the braces-wearer in your family (and the rest of the household, too!). Ingredients 2 cups uncooked macaroni noodles Water for boiling noodles 1 or 2 onions, chopped (optional) 1 to 2 Tablespoons margarine for sautéing onions, Read more...
Fudgy Cocoa Bites

Fudgy Cocoa Bites

These fudgy cocoa bites are safe enough to serve the braces-wearers in your family, and yummy enough that the rest of the clan will be begging for more! Ingredients 1 cup shortening 1 cup sugar 2 Tablespoons water 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 eggs 2 cups all-purpose flour ½ cup cocoa 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon Read more...
Kids’ Casserole

Kids’ Casserole

Kids’ casserole is a creamy, cheesy delight that is easy to make, easy to customize, and (most importantly) easy on the braces. This yummy comfort classic preps in under 20 and is ready to serve hot from the oven in less than an hour. Ingredients 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef or turkey 1/2 an onion Read more...
Soft Pumpkin Cookies

Soft Pumpkin Cookies

If you’re looking for a great dessert recipe for the holidays, try these soft pumpkin cookies. They’re braces friendly and will make your kitchen smell heavenly! Ingredients 2 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. nutmeg 1/2 cup Read more...
Easy Financing with Care Credit

Easy Financing with Care Credit

Now you can finance your orthodontic treatment at Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC with Care Credit! Care Credit offers a wide variety of payment plans to choose from so you’re sure to find an option that works for you. For more information about Care Credit as well as the application link, go to our Payment Options  Read more...
Got Braces? Easy Ideas for Packing School Lunches

Got Braces? Easy Ideas for Packing School Lunches

(Updated August 28, 2017) New backpack? Check. Pencils, erasers and markers? Check. Tender treats for sore teeth? Oh. If your child started orthodontic treatment over the summer and will be returning to school with a sparkling new set of braces this fall, packing lunches that won’t damage brackets or be difficult to chew may be Read more...
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