Is Invisalign Really Effective In Straightening Teeth?

Is Invisalign Really Effective In Straightening Teeth?

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A lot of people these days are using Invisalign aligners as an alternative to dental braces. The next obvious question is this – is it really effective? In many ways, the answer is a resounding yes. However, you have to understand that Invisalign aligners are made of plastic which means they exert less pressure to the teeth and games. With that said, they are usually not recommended for extreme cases of crooked and misaligned teeth. However, when it comes to moderate crowding of the teeth, Invisalign braces are very effective. The biggest advantage of these aligners is the fact that they are made of smooth and invisible plastic which means people won’t even notice that you are wearing them. You also don’t have to worry about possible side effects to your gums because the materials used are clean, safe, and gum-friendly.

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Low Calorie Breakfasts

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As you all know, breakfast is the most important meal of the deal. Even if you’re on a diet, you should never avoid breakfast, instead opt for a low calorie breakfast which will still give you enough energy till lunchtime. Check our top 3 suggestions below.

Wholemeal bread with honey: If you have a sweet-tooth, this may be perfect for you. Try spreading honey on toasted wholemeal bread and enjoy the benefits of a sweet start to the day which is low on calories.

Scrambled egg with mushrooms: You would have to make the scrambled eggs without milk and butter to cut the calories out, but mixing in mushrooms to the mix will add flavour and volume.

Porridge with oats: A popular choice for those looking to cut down on weight. To keep calories down, mix the porridge with water instead of milk.

A Healthy Office Lifestyle

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Statistically speaking, people throughout the UK are more likely to be overweight and suffer from chronic health conditions right now than any other time in history, except for when malnutrition was commonplace. This is largely due to a combination of poor diets which don’t provide everything we need in some ways, and exceeds what we need in others, and also our increasingly sedentary lifestyles.

Combating this while working in an office environment, is very difficult, because it is most people’s job to sit at their desk and work at a computer for the vast majority of the day. This doesn’t have to be the case however, as there are some small things that you can do to have an immediate positive impact on your health. This includes things like making sure you get up and walk around periodically, bringing a balanced meal to work so that you don’t rely on unhealthy options, and remembering to look away from your computer screen every now and then to protect your eyes.

Cutting Down On Salt

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We’ve discussed cutting your sugar intake on our previous post, so it’s only right we discuss the same for salt. Salt intake should only be ideally one teaspoon a day, but with the types of food the average person eats, the majority are horrifically over their recommended sodium intake.

When selecting foods to eat, choose fruit and vegetables as much as possible as they are low in sodium content. This is the same for canned and frozen fruits/vegetables also.

Try and eat fresh meats over packaged meats. Packaged meats contain more sodium, and of course… Fresh is always better!

If you are worried about your salt intake, check food labels when doing your weekly shop. Manufacturers are legally required to let you know exactly how much of what, you are consuming. Anything labelled in red means it contains over the daily recommended amount.

Cutting Down On Sugar

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If you feel like you have too much sugar in your daily diet, you most probably do. In the UK the average Brit has 140 teaspoons of sugar a week! This obviously leads to an unhealthy diet, a higher calorie intake and a larger waistline.

“Identify the sources of sugar in your diet, and decide what to cut out completely and what to cut down on. You don’t need to cut down on sugars found in fruit or dairy products because these foods contain lots of nutrients that are good for us. It’s the food high in added sugar, such as fizzy drinks, which contain lots of calories but few other nutrients that we should be trying to consume less of.” (NHS Website)

Check the colour-coded pie-chart on all food items which breaks down the percentage of sugar in each item. Of course if sugar is highlighted in red, then this means there’s a high amount of sugar in the food.