Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas from the team here at Jolleytime Orthodontics loves the Holiday season and everything it encompasses. Time with family and friends, the giving of happiness and joy towards one another, but probably most importantly, the desserts- cookies, candies, and chocolates galore! Sadly, not all desserts can be enjoyed by those with braces as there is a potential they will cause the brackets to snap and will impede the progress of your teeth alignment moving forward. That being said, there are still many different dessert options you can choose from that won’t harm your braces. So here is a list of some holiday treats that you should snack on and stay away from.


What are winter desserts if they don’t include a little fudge to judge? The tasting of fudge is a time-honored tradition, and you can rest easy knowing that consuming it will not impede your orthodontic treatment. This dessert is super delicious and super soft (when baked correctly), so your braces will be well protected from snapping or popping off when eating this treat. The only stipulation to this statement is that your fudge should not include nuts if you want to keep your braces safe and sound.


An excellent addition to any Christmas cookie collection, sugar cookies are just as much fun to make as they are to eat. These soft cookies are always a staple at any orthodontic patient’s house due to their sweet taste and protective nature. Among all the Christmas cookies available, sugar cookies are among the softest. Kids also love this type of cookie since they can load them up with gobs upon gobs of icing when “decorating” them. With no crunchy nuts, sticky marshmallows, or hard exteriors, sugar cookies can be the perfect solution for your family’s holiday dessert consumption.


Even though there are many more desserts we could include that are safe for your braces, we also wanted to inform you of a few snacks people with braces should avoid. These include:

  • Peanut brittle
  • Taffies
  • Candies with lots of nuts or nougats
  • Candy canes
  • Hard or crunchy cookies

All the sweets on this list are nominated due to the likelihood that they will damage your braces; they are either too hard to too sticky. These treats will push and pull at the brackets of your braces and will eventually cause them to pop off. This will then hinder your treatment process and could cause your braces to stay on longer. Therefore, the basic rule of thumb is hard, sticky, and nutty desserts are off limits.

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In the event you have a dessert that you think may be harmful to your child’s braces, feel free to give us a call as we are happy to answer any and all orthodontic inquiries you may have. In the event that one of your brackets has already come off due to a holiday eating incident, please do schedule an appointment. It is best to get your braces taken care of as quickly as possible so as to not disrupt your orthodontic treatment progress. We hope you all have a fun and safe holiday season, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!




At Jolleytime Orthodontics we love learning trivia and interesting facts about Thanksgiving! This year, Dr. Jolley wanted to share some trivia that might help you feel a bit smarter at the holiday dinner table and help create some great conversation with friends and family.

The Turkey

There is no historical evidence that turkey was eaten at the first Thanksgiving dinner. It was a three-day party shared by the Wamponoag Indians and the pilgrims in 1621. Historians say they likely ate venison and seafood.

According to National Geographic, the dinner at the Plymouth colony was in October and included about 50 English colonists and 90 American Indian men. The first Thanksgiving dinner could have included corn, geese, and pumpkin.

Today, turkey is the meat of choice. According to the National Turkey Association, about 690 million pounds of turkey are consumed during Thanksgiving, or about 46 million turkeys.


The Side Dishes

The green bean casserole became popular about 50 years ago. Created by the Campbell Soup Company, it remains a popular side dish. According to Campbell’s, it was developed when the company was creating an annual holiday cookbook. The company now sells about $20 million worth of cream of mushroom soup each year, which is a major part of the recipe.

While there were likely plenty of cranberries for the pilgrims and Indians to enjoy, sugar was a luxury. What we know today as cranberry sauce was not around in those early Thanksgiving days. About 750 million pounds of cranberries are produced each year in the US, with about 30 percent consumed on Thanksgiving.

The Parade

Thanksgiving did not become a national holiday until Lincoln declared it in 1863, the annual parades were not yearly events until much later. The biggest parade that continues to draw crowds is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Beginning in 1924 with about 400 employees, they marched from Convent Avenue to 145th Street in New York City. Famous for the huge hot-air balloons today, it was actually live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo that were the stars of the show then.

However you choose to spend your Thanksgiving holiday, we wish you a safe, happy and healthy holiday with those you love.

Protect Your Braces During Halloween

Protect Your Braces During Halloween

Protect Your Braces During Halloween

With Halloween around the corner, those treats can end up being a tricky proposition on patients and their appliances. Which is why orthodontist Dr. Jolley of Jolleytime Orthodontics offers the community five important tips to protect braces, aligners and other orthodontic “appliances” in addition to protecting teeth from decay.

Here are Dr. Jolley’s five tips for parents, teens and children to help them protect their teeth and orthodontic appliances:

  1. Avoid the sticky candies:  To protect your braces and aligners, Dr. Jolley recommends staying away from hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy candy and snacks, which include caramel, gummies, licorice, taffy, bubblegum (even the sugarless kind, jelly beans and soft drinks.
  2. Say “boo” to hard treats:  including hard-shelled peanut candies, nuts or nut-filled candies, taco chips and popcorn (especially unpopped kernels).  And whether in orthodontic treatment or not, Dr. Jolley cautions to at all costs avoid chewing on ice.
  3. Remember to brush up!:  Sweets can lead to cavities, which means brushing and flossing daily are more important than ever during the Halloween season.  Orthodontic patients should be especially vigilant about brushing and flossing after consuming sugary or starchy foods.
  4. Not all Halloween candy is off-limits:  Some alternatives this season include soft chocolates, peanut butter cups or other melt-in-your-mouth varieties.  Recommendations for orthodontic-friendly recipes for Halloween are available from The American Association of Orthodontists at their website http://mylifemysmile.org/pressroom.
  5. Commit to maintaining oral health:  You’ll increase your success rate if you’re able to commit to avoiding harding and chewy treats BEFORE the Halloween season, and in doing so, reduces the chance that you’ll break something on your braces.


“I don’t want to rule out any treats for orthodontic patients during this Halloween season,” says Dr. Jolley. “I definitely want people to enjoy themselves on Halloween, but at the same time, we encourage everyone especially orthodontic patients, to enjoy acceptable treats in moderation, and take the few minutes daily to brush and floss their teeth.  Once patients get to the end of their orthodontic treatment and see their bright, new beautiful smiles, they’ll know all their extra efforts were worth it!”

Frightful Finger Cookies

Braces Friendly Frightful Finger Cookies

Braces Friendly Frightful Finger Cookies

Our team knows how tempting this time of the year can be on our sweet tooth. With all of the caramel, candy corn, and lollipops that are often passed around to trick-or-treaters, we realize that it can sometimes be hard to find hard, chewy, sticky, and crunchy candy alternatives.

However, there is good news! Check out this recipe featured on our fall 2017 newsletter, a great braces-friendly Halloween recipe, courtesy of the American Association of Orthodontics, or AAO, and “The Braces Cookbook” by Pamela Waterman. This Frightful Finger Cookies recipe is delicious, and provided that you remember to brush and floss after indulging, this is a cookie that won’t bite back!

Frightful Finger Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup almond slices, or whole almonds
1 tube red decorating gel
1 tube green food coloring (optional)

Directions: Preheat oven to 325°F. Beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla. Slowly beat in the flour, baking powder and salt. If you want green finger cookies, add drops of green food coloring to dough until you achieve a nice deep green color. Divide the dough into four equal parts, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Take one quarter of the dough at a time from the refrigerator. Break off one heaping teaspoonful and roll it into a finger shape. Squeeze in around the middle of the finger to create a knuckle shape. Then, using a butter knife, make indents in several places to resemble a finger. Repeat with rest of dough. Place cookies on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes – let cool. Then, squeeze red decorating gel onto the tip of each finger and gently press an almond on top so the gel oozes out from underneath. Remove cookies from baking sheets and let them cool on wire racks.
Recipe recommended by the American Association of Orthodontics


Metals detectors, Lightning to radio signals we have heard it all. Is this something I should be worried about? The American Association of Orthodontics sets the record straight on some of the biggest myths surrounding braces and orthodontic treatment.

Will my braces set off the metal detectors in the airport?

You are cleared for takeoff – the lightweight materials used in braces will not affect metal detectors.

Will my braces interfere with radio signals or electronic devices?

No. Radio-loving gadget fanatics can rest easy.

Can I play a musical instrument?

Yes – that is if you could play a musical instrument before you got braces.

Will braces increase my chance of being struck by lightning?

No. With or without braces the chances of a lightning strike remain the same which, in the U.S. in any one year, according to nationalgeorgraphic.com, is one in 700,000.

Now that I have braces, can I still play sports?

Yes, but be sure to wear a mouth guard. Mouth guards are one of the least expensive pieces of protective equipment available. Not only can mouth guards save teeth, they may also protect against jaw fractures. Mouth guards are advisable for anyone, whether they wear braces or not.

Will my braces attract unwarranted attention from fish?

Scuba aficionados take heart: there is no need to cancel your next dive. The small brackets used in today’s braces, especially ceramic or tooth-colored brackets, will not attract attention from unsavory fish or sea life.

Once braces are removed, my teeth will remain straight forever, right?

Wrong. Teeth move throughout one’s lifetime, therefore it is important to hold on to retainers and wear them as prescribed by your orthodontist to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

Can braces rust?

No. Today’s braces are made of new stronger materials, like titanium alloy, and will not rust.

If two people with braces kiss, can their braces become locked together?

With today’s smaller sleeker braces it is extremely difficult – almost impossible – to lock braces while kissing. Also, braces are not magnetic, which means any “attraction” felt is on the part of the wearers, so pucker up!

If you have questions regarding your orthodontic treatment, give us a call. Jolleytime Orthodontics is here to help make your smile speak more than words. You can request a free consult on our website or give us a call. Follow us on facebook to see new and upcoming events or giveaways!


Tips to Avoid Common Problems Associated with Braces

(Orthodontic wax, Loose bands, Broken wires, Rinse, Apply) Lets talk on how to improve these issues.

While braces play an important part in helping to create a healthy mouth and teeth, you might experience a few side effects while wearing them that are common and can be easily treated.

Even with the best of care, braces can cause soreness to your mouth. As your teeth begin to move, it is natural for your teeth to feel aches and your jaw to develop soreness.

If there are broken wires or loose bands on your braces, a sore tongue, mouth, or canker sore will occur. Canker sores are a common occurrence when braces rub inside the mouth. There are ointments available to reduce the pain and irritation associated with mouth sores. We urge those who experience a sore mouth or any of the following problems to call our office to schedule an appointment.

  • Loose brackets: Apply a small amount of orthodontic wax to the bracket temporarily. You might also apply a little between the braces and the soft tissue of your mouth.
  • Loose bands: These must be secured in place by your orthodontist. Try to save the band for repair.
  • Protruding or broken wires: The eraser end of a pencil can be used to move the wire carefully to a less painful spot. If you are unable to move it, apply orthodontic wax to the tip. If a mouth sore develops, rinse with warm salt water or antiseptic rinse.
  • Loose spacers: These will need to be repositioned and sometimes replaced.

Foods to Avoid

Foods not to Eat

Some foods can also help or hurt you while you’re wearing braces. Remember to cut your food into small pieces that can be easily chewed. You will want to avoid hard and chewy foods that can break your hardware. Foods such as corn on the cob, nuts, carrots, apples, ice, and bubble gum should be avoided.

Braces, rubber bands, springs, and other mouth appliances associated with braces will normally attract food particles and plaque. Without the proper care, this could cause staining of your teeth.

Our staff at Jolleytime Orthodontics recommends brushing after every meal or snack and carefully removing any food that might be lodged in the braces. A fluoride mouthwash might be helpful as well as flossing. At your next appointment, Dr. Jolley can advise you how to floss with a brush specially designed for braces!


Tips on how to fix bad breath while you have braces

Having bad breath is a common occurrence for everyone. However, it’s even more common for people with braces. This is because food and plaque tend to get trapped in the spaces between the teeth and the appliance. When these substances don’t get removed, they put off a smelly odor, resulting in bad breath.
Even though having bad breath is a regular occurrence when you have braces, that doesn’t have to be the case for you. To help you prevent or fix bad breath when you are aligning your smile, at Jolleytime Orthodontics our team encourages you to do the following things:
-Brush your teeth: It is strongly recommended that you brush your teeth after each meal and snack. Doing so will help you free the food particles that are stuck in your smile and it will help eliminate the odor. As you brush, make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. After brushing, scrub your tongue to further aid in improving your breath.
-Floss your smile: Flossing also helps remove the food particles from your teeth. In fact, it cleans the areas of your mouth that your toothbrush could not reach. So, do your best to floss after you eat so you can free the hidden food particles that send odors into your mouth.
-Use mouthwash: Mouthwash is a great oral hygiene product that will finish cleaning your smile and will kill any bacteria that are causing the bad breath. Just make sure you use the right type of mouthwash while you rinse. You don’t want to use a wash that could damage your teeth or orthodontic appliance.
Call our office today if you have any questions or concerns about bad breath and braces in Corpus Christi, Texas. Our orthodontist, Dr. Jolley and our entire team at Jolleytime Orthodontics will be happy to help you in any way we can. We look forward to your call!


Braces-Friendly Recipe Soft Pretzels

Braces friendly recipe soft pretzels are so good you don’t want to pass this yummy recipe by. Love pretzels, but find that they are a little to hard on your braces?  Check out this awesome recipes featured in our 2017 Braces Friendly Recipes blog soft pretzels.  Yum!

1 1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 package active dry yeast
22 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 4 1/2 cups
2 ounces unsalted butter, melted
Vegetable oil, for pan
10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda
1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
Pretzel salt

Combine the water, sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam. Add the flour and butter and, using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl, clean the bowl and then oil it well with vegetable oil. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 half-sheet pans with parchment paper and lightly brush with the vegetable oil. Set aside.

Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an 8-quart saucepan or roasting pan.

In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope. Make a U-shape with the rope, holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel. Place onto the parchment-lined half sheet pan.

Place the pretzels into the boiling water, 1 by 1, for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula. Return to the half sheet pan, brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle with the pretzel salt. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Don’t pass by Braces friendly recipe soft pretzels


Dangers of DIY Orthodontics on the Internet

All over the Internet you’ll find videos and articles showing how you can close the gap between teeth or space them out. There is a plethora of DIY orthodontic techniques out there — you can even mail order your own impressions to get clear aligners, without even seeing a dentist or orthodontist. Following the instructions laid out in these videos and articles (by people who have zero training in orthodontics) is about the worst decision you can make for your overall oral health.

Performing DIY or at-home orthodontia can lead to or cause:

  • Loss of teeth
  • Infection
  • Cavities or infections that are missed or undiagnosed
  • Gum damage

Dr. Christina Carter, president of the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists, says that DIY orthodontics can have terrible consequences. She spoke to TODAY about closing gaps between teeth using rubber bands or elastics:

“The teeth are connected to the gums and the blood supply and there is a risk of infection, of tearing the gums which might not heal properly, and a risk of damaging the attachment between the tooth and gums so the tooth no longer gets the support it needs.” She also noted, “A simple rubber band can actually slide up the tooth and cut all the attachments to it and you can actually lose a tooth.”

One of the worst parts about DIY orthodontics is that you never consult with a trained orthodontist, so you’re really operating on a dangerous lack of information. It’s best not to risk damage to your teeth or infection. Let Dr. David Jolley know what you want to accomplish with your teeth and we will help you find the safest and most cost-effective way to achieve it.

Dr. David Jolley wants you to be informed and practical about your oral health. Should you have any questions about orthodontic treatment options, please do not hesitate to give us a call at our convenient Corpus Christi, TX office.


Braces-Friendly Recipe: Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

It’s a cloudy day in Corpus Christi Texas, and all I want is a big bowl of steamy soup for dinner. I found this recipe to be a great fit for eating with braces. Tex-Mex style dishes are a staple in my family… I find myself craving those flavors most nights of the week. This Chicken Tortilla Soup stands out from the rest because it is CREAMY and SO flavorful. And the best part is that it’s totally braces-friendly as long as you let the chips lose their crunch when you dunk them into the broth.

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: About 6 servings


  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion (1 medium)
  • 1 Tbsp finely minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped (1/4 cup)
  • 1 (32 oz) carton low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp of each chili powder, cumin, and paprika
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts*
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup masa harina**
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

For serving:
Shredded cheese (I used a blend of cheddar and monterey jack), sour cream, diced avocados, cilantro, lime wedges (optional), corn tortilla chips



  • Heat canola oil in a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add onion and jalapeño and saute 3 minutes, adding garlic during last 30 seconds of sauteing.
  • Add chicken broth, chili powder, cumin, paprika and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add chicken breasts* and bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium, cover pot with lid and gently boil until chicken has cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove chicken and allow to rest 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add diced tomatoes with green chilies to pot.
  • Then, in the 2-cup liquid measuring cup used to measure milk (or a bowl), whisk together milk and masa harina until well blended. Pour mixture into pot and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture boils and thickens slightly (it won’t thicken much).
  • Dice chicken and add to pot, then add black beans, pinto beans and corn.
  • Then stir in cream and sour cream and cook until heated through.

Serve warm topped with cheese, sour cream, avocados, cilantro, limes and tortilla chips. (Either skip the chips for your braces-wearing family members, or make sure they get submerged into the hot soup and soften before eating.)

*If chicken breasts are fairly thick, slices them horizontally through the thickness to create two portions. They will cook faster this way and be more tender as they’ll cook more evenly.
**If looking to make this gluten free, be sure the masa harina you’re using is labeled as gluten-free, same with the tortilla chips. Masa harina can be found in the Latin section of the grocery store.

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