Look at this spread! Gummy Swedish fish, chewy fruit squares, hard pretzel chunks…it’s enough to make any kid swoon. But these treats were especially meaningful for two of Kate Gosselin’s children this past weekend.
Her older daughters, Cara and Mady, are getting braces this week – and as anyone who’s gone the “tinsel teeth” route knows, their eating habits will be changing dramatically for the duration. Hard foods like raw carrots, nuts and corn on the cob can break the wires that hold the braces in place, and sticky sweet foods like caramel and Tootsie Rolls can lodge under the bands and cause tooth decay.
With eight children to raise, two of whom have already gone through the process, Kate knows how tough it can be to give up favorite treats. (She wore braces as an adult, too.) So she established a fun tradition to help make the transition easier: a “Braces On Party.”
“We started it back when Mady was 8 & got her braces off – had a braces off party,” Kate explains in one of her tweets. “Then —–> started a ‘braces on’ party 2! SO MANY HERE!!!”
(Sound like a young age to get wired? Actually, it’s not. The American Association of Orthodontists says that children can start treatment as young as eight or nine years old, depending on the problem that needs to be corrected. As in Mady’s case, the orthodontist may recommend a two-stage process, with one set of braces going on at a younger age, followed by a “break” period and another set later on.)
On the weekend before the orthodontist’s visit, the children facing the metal mouth invite friends over and choose a meal of the favorite foods they’ll be forgoing for the duration. In this case, Cara and Mady opted to serve pizza (the chewy crust is a braces no-no) plus their favorite chewy candies and Dubble Bubble gum.
After the bands and wires are finally removed, Kate throws a “braces off” party too, with the guest(s) of honor once again choosing the sticky menu.
What a fun way to help kids “brace themselves” for the difficulties of wearing tight wires. It’s no fun, but as any mom knows, the results are worth it. When a fan sympathized with her having to go through the “worst thing ever,” Kate replied, “no! Best thing ever! Makes beautiful teeth in the end!”
Best of luck to the girls!
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