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Farm to Table Recipes for Orthodontic Patients and Their Families

September 2nd, 2020

As summer begins to come to an end, Dr. Bendick and Dr. Landin from Fairfield Orthodontic Associates wanted to offer up some nutritious and delicious dishes to make you smile!

One of the most common questions adult patients ask their orthodontist is, “What can I eat?” The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) found some answers.  The AAO asked a personal chef to cook up a few ideas that patients could bite into without harming their braces, aligners and retainers.

Taking advantage of the freshness of the season, these three delicious farm-to-table recipes are easy on orthodontic patients, loaded with nutrients and simple to prepare.

“Soft, tender foods like those in these recipes are ideal for orthodontic patients because they don’t risk breaking brackets, wires or other elements, which could prolong treatment,” according to Morris N. Poole, DDS and president of the AAO. “It’s a wonderful thing when the foods that are good for your health happen to be great for your orthodontic treatment, too.”

These recipes feature fresh, quality ingredients that can be grown at home or obtained at local farmers’ markets, such as oregano, basil and spinach, and require no more than thirty minutes to prepare.

Ready to get cooking?

Summer Corn-Tomato-Basil Orzo Salad with Shrimp

  • 1 pound of orzo, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 to 3 ears of fresh corn, husks and silk removed, kernels cut off of cob
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound of medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving
  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a sauté pan and cook the corn, salt, and pepper for 7 minutes.
  2. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring until pink.
  3. Toss the orzo, corn and shrimp, tomatoes, and fresh basil together. Taste for salt and pepper and serve with grated Parmesan cheese, hot, cold, or at room temperature.

Farm Stand Frittata

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach or broccoli
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 large fresh eggs
  • ½ cup low fat milk
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350o and spray pie dish with cooking spray.
  2. Melt the butter on the stovetop in a pan and sauté the onion over medium heat until tender.
  3. Mix all ingredients together and pour into pie dish.
  4. Bake 30 minutes or until frittata is set.

Farm Stand Zucchini-Garlic Fusilli with Feta (not pictured)

  • 1-pound fusilli, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced into half moons
  • 2 sprigs fresh oregano
  • ¾-1 teaspoon kosher salt, to taste
  • Fresh black pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup Feta cheese, crumbled
  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a sauté pan. When the oil is warm but not hot, add the sliced garlic and stir for two minutes.
  2. Add the sliced zucchini, kosher salt, a few grinds of fresh black pepper, and sauté until tender.
  3. Add the fresh oregano and cook one minute.
  4. Toss zucchini and garlic with the pasta and top each serving with the crumbled Feta cheese.

We wish you a happy and healthy end of summer!

COVID-19 Precautions

May 13th, 2020


We cannot wait to see your smiles again! Fairfield Orthodontic Associates will begin seeing patients on Wednesday, May 20. Your health and wellness is our top priority and we want to make your experience as safe and easy as possible. You will receive a phone call from our office soon to schedule your appointment. Rest assured we have Covid-19 precautions in place!

Preparing for your appointment at home:

  • Before you leave home please take your or your child’s temperature as an added precaution and call us if the temperature is elevated from your normal temperature.

  • Our tooth brushing station is temporarily closed so please brush well before you leave home for your appointment.

  • Use the restroom at home before you drive to our office.

  • Remember to wear your mask - homemade is fine - when coming upstairs and again when returning to your car.

Our new check-in process:

Your car is our new waiting room! All patients and family members should remain in their cars. Simply call us when you arrive and a team member will check you in. We will ask you some screening questions and we will tell you when to come up for your appointment. Please use hand sanitizer in your car and walk up the stairs. The door to our office will be open and you will be seated immediately for your appointment. Very young children may be accompanied by one parent.

After your appointment:

One of our awesome team members will communicate all visit information and schedule your next appointment over the phone. Regarding payments, please either send a check in the mail or give us your credit card information when you are on the phone with Anna or Geri.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming you back. You are not only our patients but our neighbors and friends in this wonderful community of Fairfield and nearby towns!

Keep smiling! See you soon!

Dr. Patricia Bendick and Dr. Melissa Landin


August 26th, 2019

Millions of people in the United States are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment.  One in four patients is an adult.

Orthodontic treatment moves teeth in the same way for a 75-year old as it does for a 13-year old.  Dr. Patricia Bendick and Dr. Melissa Landin want you to know that healthy teeth can be moved at any age!

“No one is ‘too old’ for orthodontic treatment,” says Dr. Landin.  “If an adult is self-conscious about their smile, orthodontic treatment can provide them with the same benefits younger patients enjoy – teeth that function well, and that look nice, too.”

If treatment is recommended, there are a number of options available today that make it much less noticeable than it was in the past.

“Thanks to today’s technology, many of today’s appliances are nearly invisible,” notes Dr. Bendick. These appliances include clear aligner trays (i.e. Invisalign) and clear ceramic braces, but even brackets used in more traditional stainless steel braces are small and sleek.

It’s important for anyone interested in orthodontic treatment to discuss it with an orthodontist – someone who first graduated from dental school, and then completed an additional two to three years of education in orthodontics at an accredited orthodontic residency program.  Orthodontists limit their work to orthodontic care – they are dentistry’s experts in moving teeth and aligning jaws. Orthodontists have access to the full range of orthodontic appliances, and can work with patients to help them achieve a healthy and beautiful smile using the most appropriate method.

Orthodontic treatment not only gives patients straight teeth but aligns the bite so that teeth meet properly.  A good bite makes it easier to chew and speak.  It can also enhance your appearance and contribute to your overall health because a good bite makes it possible to enjoy a wide variety of healthy foods.  Straighter teeth are also easier to brush and floss making you less prone to cavities.

In addition to the oral health benefits, patients appreciate the improvement in the look of their teeth and their smile brought about by orthodontic treatment.  We often notice the improvement in our patient’s self-esteem as they go through orthodontic treatment.  Our patients smile more brightly with each visit!


June 24th, 2019

Although many people associate orthodontic treatment with adolescence, orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth or with the teeth much earlier, while the primary or “baby” teeth are present.

Parents may incorrectly think they must wait until a child has all of his or her permanent teeth. However, Dr. Bendick, Dr. Landin and the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommend that every child get a check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7.

“I can't emphasize enough how important it is that parents understand the value of an orthodontic check- up,” says Dr. Bendick. “By age 7, enough permanent teeth have arrived for an orthodontist to evaluate the ‘bite’ – the manner in which top and bottom teeth and jaws meet and work, and how that relationship affects a child’s ability to bite, chew and speak effectively.  Orthodontists can determine if your child will benefit from treatment.”

“A visit to the orthodontist can ease a parent’s mind, too,” notes Dr. Landin. “Our recommendation may simply be ‘let's wait and see’ while the face, jaws and teeth continue to grow.”

Some of the more readily apparent conditions that indicate the need for an examination include:

  • early or late loss of baby teeth
  • difficulty in chewing or biting
  • mouth breathing
  • thumb sucking
  • crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
  • jaws that shift or make sounds
  • speech difficulties
  • biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth
  • teeth that meet abnormally, or do not meet at all
  • facial imbalance
  • jaws that are too far forward or back
  • grinding or clenching of the teeth

“Most importantly, if you as a parent notice anything that concerns you about your child’s teeth – even prior to age 7 – please make an appointment so we can see if it is something that needs to be addressed,” says Dr. Bendick.  “It is always best to be checked!”

“The summer is the perfect time to come into our office for a complimentary examination,” says Dr. Landin.  “If your child is ready to start orthodontic treatment, there is no need for your child to be taken out of school to accommodate the longer appointment that may be necessary to place the appliance.”  In addition, the summer is an optimal time for your child to adjust to having the orthodontic appliances in his or her mouth without taking away focus from school.

With today’s technology, you and your child will have the option to select from the visible, traditional metal braces or the barely visible, clear aligners such as Invisalign Teen.  Dr. Bendick states, “With teens, we always talk with parents to learn if their child is ready to handle the responsibility that comes with Invisalign and the need to remove and re-insert the trays on their own each day.  It is okay to choose traditional braces!”  Many patients love the color options that come with the elastic ties necessary to hold the wire in place with traditional braces.  There are a wide variety of colors to choose from and colors can be changed at every visit.

For more information, visit Fairfield Orthodontic Associates’ website, www.fairfieldorthodonticassociates.com. You can call 203-256-9500 or email ffldortho@gmail.com to schedule a complimentary consultation.  Find Fairfield Orthodontic Associates on Facebook and/or Instagram at @fairfieldorthodonticassociates.

When you visit our practice you will see why we love what we do.  We strive to give you an experience and a result that you will want to share with your friends. Call or email us today for an appointment that will start you on your way to your very best smile!

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