Beginning an orthodontic treatment plan can feel so daunting! We know that it can feel like you are being told that you will have to wear your braces, like, literally, for EVER. It can be a difficult journey to start. But there are MAJOR benefits to seeing it through! And there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to celebrate your progress during your journey.
We have compiled a list of ways that you and your family may be able to mark the passing of this time, so you—and the people in your life—can appreciate just how far you’ve come!
1. Mark it off your calendar!
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best ones. Hang a wall calendar (remember those?? They’re made of paper. You’ll have to tack it to your wall. No, it’s not on your phone), and mark a big, happy X through each day as it passes. Take joy in those X’s—you’ve worked hard to get through each braces-filled day. Revel in it! One more day done, baby!
2. Create a crafty countdown calendar!
If you search Pinterest for “Advent calendars,” you’ll find pages and pages of crafty, fun ways to countdown the days until Christmas. Apply this same idea to your braces! Instead of one number, or clothespin, or paper bag, or toilet paper roll, representing a single day in the countdown, consider making each number represent a week in your journey. Inside each number can be a braces-friendly treat, or a “great job making it this far!” sticker, or some other small way to reward yourself for making it as far as you have.
3. Document your progress with a selfie!
We know this wouldn’t be your first experience with a selfie. If we had to bet, we’d say you’re likely a selfie pro! Apply those highly sharpened selfie skills to your braces journey! Some mothers-to-be document their pregnancies week by week with a side profile pic. You can document your braces progress with a weekly selfie! Feel free to keep these photos for your personal reference, to remind yourself of how far you’ve come, or (with a parent’s permission) post them to social media to show your friends what great progress you’ve made since Day 1!
Remember, you’ll never be as far away from your goal of straighter teeth than you are the day before your orthodontist puts your braces on. Each day that passes is another day closer to your goal of straighter teeth, and getting those braces removed! YOU CAN DO IT!
It’s here! We can’t believe it’s finally here! We can struggle so much with letting go of summer. Goodbye, sunny days by the pool! So long, watermelon seed spitting contests! Farewell, family trips to Zoombezi Bay! Fall is officially here, folks, and there’s nothing we can do about it.
BUT! For so many of us, the sting of saying goodbye to summer is softened by the beginning of our OTHER favorite season: pumpkin spice season!
We understand that, for those of you with braces, it’s not as easy as collecting and gobbling up all the pumpkin spice goodness you can find. You need to make sure you’re making smart choices for your teeth.
We are here to help! We have scoured the internet, and we’ve found this fantastic, cinnamony, nutmegy, gingery (yes, these are now words. Feel free to use them liberally.), bronze orange pumpkin cream cheese muffins that will make you forget all about your post-summer misery.
This recipe is GREAT because it’s so versatile! You can make muffins (or mini muffins! just bake them for a little less timed) for yourself, and a loaf for everyone else! That’s right—we allotted 12 muffins for you, and one loaf for the rest of your crew. Hey, you’re baking them. You can eat as many of them as you want!
Check out the recipe below!
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread and Muffins
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
1/2 C. vegetable oil
1/2 C. applesauce
2/3 C. milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 C. sugar
3 1/2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. ginger
1 1/2 C. mini chocolate chips.
Cream Cheese Filling:
16 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 C. sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 Tbsp. milk
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease loaf pans, muffins pans or come of each (I made 1 large loaf and 12 muffins!)
2. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, eggs, vegetable oil, applesauce, milk, vanilla extract and sugar.
3. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger together.
4. Combine the 1st and 2nd bowl and stir only until combined.
5. Stir in chocolate chips.
6. Filling: Beat cream cheese, sugar, egg and milk together until smooth.
7. For Loaf Pans: Pour a little bit of batter into the loaf pan, spread to cover the bottom and then spoon cream cheese filling and spread it on top. Continue to alternate until your pan is 3/4 full and then bake for 60-80 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
8. For muffins: Fill each muffin tin 1/3 full, then spoon your filling in the pan, then top with another spoonful of pumpkin batter. Bake for 14-18 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
NOTE: I sprinkled extra chocolate chips on top of my bread before baking to make it look extra pretty
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And happy baking!