After your braces are first installed or after your first few adjustments, your mouth may feel sore making chewing difficult and uncomfortable. Your orthodontist will recommend that you choose foods that are soft and easy to chew while your mouth is sore. Some foods, like popsicles, smoothies, yogurt and ice cream, will help to reduce the inflammation and discomfort, while other foods listed below will help to protect your brackets from damage, keeping you on track for that beautiful and straight smile!
Some foods, which your orthodontist will cover with you at your appointment, can cause damage to your brackets and bend or even break your wires. Staying away from hard, sticky or chewy foods will help minimize damage as well as discomfort, especially after adjustments. Try some of these softer food options to help keep you satiated and minimize chewing.
With fall here and winter around the corner, stews, chili and soups are a great option for soft but nourishing foods that will keep your stomach full but your mouth soothed. Chicken noodle, clam chowder, tomato basil, or what about pizza soup? This recipe from Taste of Home looks delicious!
Vegetables can (and should) still be eaten but will need to be prepared in a way to make them softer than usual. Steaming, baking, sauteing or roasting your veggies will help make them soft enough to still eat, (sorry kids). From roasted carrots, mashed potatoes, to roasted winter squashes, there are plenty of options.
Keeping soft snacks on hand will help to curb hunger between meals. Applesauce, baby foods, cooked pasta, meal replacement shakes, and eggs are just a few great options.
There are plenty of soft food recipes available online and thankfully the discomfort of having your wires attached and subsequent adjustments are short-lived. You will still need to stay clear of hard, sticky, and crunchy foods for the length of your treatment, but sticking strictly to soft foods the entire time isn’t required.
Contact our office at 512-337-2325 if your discomfort is not easing after a couple of days or if you notice any issues with your wires or brackets. Doc Ak and the SmileOntourage are here to help make this process as easy and pain-free as possible.