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    First Week with Adult Braces – Must Haves, Tips, & More!

    Surviving the first week with adult braces

    Well I survived my first week with adult braces, only 103 weeks left to go! Here are my main take-aways from adjusting during the first week of getting braces, the products I’m so happy I had on hand, and some tricks I’ve learned so far that have helped me have a more pleasant experience. I’m no expert yet, but I think I had a very positive first week experience, here’s what I found help me get through it with virtually no problems!

    I bought a whole mess of stuff before my braces appointment, things I found recommended in groups and youtube videos. This is my first time having braces so I truly was stepping into a whole new world. I wasn’t sure what was actually necessary, so I bought it all! Here is a list of the things I’ve used so far and am super happy I had on hand, 10/10 recommend stocking up on this stuff before your appointment. In the video below I explain how and why I used these items to make for an easy first week!

    Get a full list of everything I bought by clicking here, but these were the top few things that saved my life this first week!

    Surviving life with adult braces, braces must haves

    Braces Survival Kit

    Another thing to note as you start your braces journey, is your teeth are going to be SORE. It will be really hard to chew a lot of things, so you will have to be prepared with easy to eat food during the first week or so. Here are some recipes that saved my life this week!

    Overall it’s been a really great first week experience, minimal pain (just hard to chew, especially with these buttons). The biggest adjustment has been the new oral hygiene routine, learning how to use these new gadgets and how to best clean around this hardware. The lisp is slowly but surely going away and I’m still happy I made the decision to embark on this journey. I will keep you up to date with more tips and tricks as we continue forward. Join for the daily updates on instagram @themetalmouthmermaid

  • Braces, Food

    My Favorite Oatmeal Recipe

    Healthy Breakfast Oatmeal with fruit

    This has been a staple of my diet for so many years! I’m always surprised when people ask me for the recipe on Instagram, I always assumed everyone knew how to make this because it’s so easy! I used to be queen of buying the single serve instant oatmeal cups with the dried fruit and who knows what else is in there (look at the ingredients, it’s scary!) They are expensive, not that delicious and packed with sodium and sugar, so I started making my own and haven’t gone back since. This recipe is super versatile, I’m always switching up the dairy-free milk and fruit for a change of flavor so it never gets “old”. Feel free to add whatever you feel might be delicious, chances are you’ll be right!

    Since I wanted to share some recipes for easy to eat food as you start your adult braces journey or get an adjustment and your teeth are sore, I will post the exact recipe of the oatmeal I’ve been eating this first week of getting braces! I’ll share some of my other favorite combos below too!

    Coconut Banana Oatmeal

    • 1/2 – 3/4 cup rolled oats
    • 2-4 ounces coconut milk
    • 1 Banana
    • Honey (Optional)
    • Cinnamon (Optional)
    Coconut Banana Oatmeal Healthy Breakfast Recipe

    Coconut Banana Oatmeal

    Instructions:
    You can cook it stove top, but I’m usually on a time crunch so I put the rolled oats and dairy-free milk in the microwave for about 2 minutes. Add cinnamon and/or honey if desired, top with the fruit of your choice. Sometimes when I’m feeling fancy I will add some granola as well.

    My other go-to dairy free milk is Almond Milk, I’m loving the limited ingredients in the brand Milked Almonds these days! I always love topping this recipe with peaches and/or strawberries during the summer when they are in season. If you’re an apple fan, my top picks to use with this recipe are Granny Smith or honey crisp apples! Tag me on Instagram if you give this a go, let me know what you think! @kinzeyray

    Peaches & Cream Oatmeal, Healthy Breakfast Oatmeal with fruit

    Peaches & Cream Oatmeal

  • Braces, Food

    Fluffy Protein Waffles

    Emily Frisella Fluffy Protein Waffle Recipe

    This is hands down my favorite new meal, we have been eating waffles for breakfast, lunch and dinner since I bought Emily Frisella’s cookbook with this recipe. I thought I loved this recipe before, but since getting braces I love it even more now, it has been my go-to meal while I’m struggling to eat everything during this first week. So whether you’re looking for something easy to eat with braces or simply a huge waffle fan like myself, this recipe is for you!

    Since I have switched to a gluten-free and dairy-free diet, this recipe is a match made in heaven for me, it only requires a couple swaps to make it 100% dairy-free! I’ve looked at the ingredients of the gluten-free and dairy-free frozen waffles at the store and it’s horrifying, I can’t pronounce half of the ingredients in them. This recipe has limited ingredients, I am in full control of what they are made with, and it’s 5000x better than any store bought waffle!

    I can’t recommend her cookbook enough, there are so many easy, healthy and flavorful recipes to choose from, these incredible protein waffles being one of them! Click here to get your copy of her cookbook on Amazon, but while you wait for it to arrive, give this recipe a go!

    Fluffy Protein Waffles by Emily Frisella

    • 1 cup gluten-free baking mix
    • 1/3 cup cinnamon toast protein powder (I have been using Orgain vanilla bean plant-based protein)
    • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tablespoon calorie-free white sugar substitute
    • 2 tablespoons melted butter (I use Earth Balance dairy-free, soy-free butter)
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Instructions:
    Mix all items in a bowl until well blended.
    Heat waffle iron on high. Once, heated, pour half of the mixture onto iron. Close and allow to cook 4-5 minutes or until desired color is achieved. Repeat for second waffle. Serve immediately.
    These are great make-ahead items that freeze wonderfully and can fit in the toaster to warm and crisp for a quick on-the-go breakfast.

    These are great to top with honey, coconut oil, fruit, jam, almond butter, or whatever else you can think of! Mixing honey + coconut oil is my favorite syrup alternative! Lately I’ve been living for my mom’s homemade apricot jam, so that’s been my go-to topper for these fluffy protein waffles lately!

    Huge thanks to Emily Frisella for this amazing recipe, go give her a follow on Instagram @emilyfrisella – I’m anxiously awaiting the launch of her second cookbook coming next month!

    We bought a new waffle maker just to make these waffles! Click here for the one we purchased and we are totally loving it, 10/10 recommend!

  • Braces, Food

    Tomato Basil Bisque

    Plant Based, Vegan, Tomato Basil Bisque Soup

    This is one of my all time favorite recipes to make!! It is out of the Chloe’s Kitchen Cookbook that I’m totally obsessed with, 10/10 recommend. I love the limited ingredients, simplicity, and explosion of flavor in this recipe. I always post about this on my Instagram story every time I make it and I get bombarded with messages asking for the recipe, so here it is! Enjoy!

    Tomato Basil Bisque

    • 2 to 2.5 pounds tomatoes, quartered
    • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
    • 2 onions, sliced
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • Sea salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 cups vegetable broth
    • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • 1 avocado (optional)

    Plant Based, Vegan, Tomato Bisque Soup

    Simple ingredients, my favorite!


    -Preheat oven to 450 degrees
    -Spread tomatoes, garlic, and onions on a large rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Generously season with salt and pepper, then roast for 30-35 minutes, or until tomatoes are lightly browned and caramelized.
    -Transfer roasted vegetables to a large pot and add broth. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer the soup in small batches to a blender and add basil. Your blender should never be more than half full. You could use an immersion blender if you prefer. Puree until very smooth.
    -Return soup to the pot and mix in brown sugar and lemon juice.
    -Add more salt and pepper to taste.
    -Top with avocado and serve with bread of choice!
    Plant Based, Vegan, Tomato Bisque Soup

    Tomato Basil Soup


    Plant Based, Vegan, Tomato Bisque Soup

    Tomato Basil Soup


    Plant Based, Vegan, Tomato Bisque Soup

    Tomato Basil Soup


    A few things I’ve learned since making this several times:
    1. I use 1 tablespoon lemon juice instead of a teaspoon. It happened on accident one time and I love it! haha!
    2. I have a Ninja blender that has the fancy locking lid. If you have that blender, you’re in luck! This entire soup will fit in that blender without having to do batches. I usually let it blend on high for 3+ minutes.
  • 3. Sourdough bread is definitely my choice of bread to pair with this soup! Here is how I prepare my sourdough bread to perfection:
    I drizzle a little olive oil on the bread, sprinkle with a TINY bit of garlic salt, and toast in the oven!
    Broil for about 3-5 min, till golden brown.

    Plant Based, Vegan, Tomato Basil Bisque Soup

    Tomato Basil Soup

  • Braces

    Welcome to Life in Adult Braces

    Adult Braces

    Never in a million years did I think I would take the plunge into getting adult braces…but here we are braced up and embracing the journey. For me, there were SO MANY emotions as I was making the decision to get adult braces. Why are there so many WEIRD feelings around having braces, especially as an adult? After all it’s literally TEMPORARY and an investment towards improving yourself. It’s been interesting to observe myself through this process and the resistance and mental roadblocks that have come up along the way. I want to talk openly and honestly about the experience of figuring life out with adult braces and hopefully help someone else find confidence in their own experience.

    Adult Braces

    Before Braces

    I’m sure I’m not the only one who has or will struggle with the idea of getting braces as an adult, so I wanted to share some insight as to what helped me get started on my journey and not cancel the appointment…

    Adult Braces Damon Braces System

    My New Hardware


    1. Get connected with people in the adult braces community BEFORE you get braces. It’s inspiring and encouraging to see other people rocking their braces, getting their braces off and they give really great advice.

    2. Make sure you’re PREPARED before your appointment, get all the supplies, food and everything you need to take care of all this new hardware in your mouth. I would have felt extremely overwhelmed going home after getting braces and still having to go to the store and try and figure out how to take care of these dang things. Watch some youtube videos on products you need, how to use them and what to expect that way you know what you’re going into on your big day!

    3. Take your “before” photos. Capture those up-close photos of your teeth so you can track your progress as your teeth start to shift. Honestly, taking those photos the day before my appointment actually made me EXCITED to go. You don’t realize how crooked your teeth are until you take REALLY UP-CLOSE photos of them.

    4. Make the most of the experience. It’s okay to be nervous, anxious and even feel a little shocked the first time you see yourself with braces. That’s TOTALLY FINE! Know that the “shock factor” does go away and you will adjust to your new smile.

    5. At the end of the day this experience will be as awesome or as horrible as you make it. You are beautiful with braces, you are investing in your future smile, and you are in full control of how you feel about this full experience! Feel confident, feel excited and embrace the journey!

    Adult Braces

    Before Braces – After Braces

    Follow my journey of figuring life out with adult braces on instagram! @metalmouthmermaid

    Click here to see all the products I stocked up on before getting my braces on, I’m SO thankful I did. I will be doing a video soon on how to use everything!


    Adult Braces

    The New Look