When you get braces, the type most often used is the metal or traditional braces. Today they are less noticeable and smaller than in the past. There is also the new heat-activated archwires that will utilize your body heat to help your teeth move less painfully and quicker into place than in the past. When you wear braces, it becomes more difficult to enjoy food. Here’s guidance to make the process easier.
Why Eat Soft Foods for Braces?
No matter what type of braces you have, your mouth is going to be sore for several days, maybe even for a couple of weeks. Your mouth is very sensitive so even a small change can be uncomfortable. There are several reasons why you may be experiencing the pain:
Your teeth are shifting into their new positions
The wires and brackets can also cause ulcers on your gums
Your mouth going through the motions of chewing
Your lips and cheeks could be rubbing against the braces
The pain is one of the main reasons that soft food is necessary for at least the first week. It will also take you time to get used to eating with braces so soft food is the obvious choice because this type of food requires very little chewing.
The Best Soft Foods for Braces
Make sure to eat slowing and avoid hard or sticky foods. Always cut things into small pieces and chewing with your back teeth for convenience.
The best food for braces is non-chewy soft foods as they are less likely to damage your braces and not cause further pain. These soft foods can include:
Yogurt without chunks of fruit
Soft seafood dishes like tuna
Potatoes that is mashed, boiled, or baked but not the skin
Eggs, scrambled is the best
Soft bread without a crust, no seeds, pieces of who grains, or nuts
Bananas, mashed or cut into tiny pieces
Soups like tomato
Pureed baby food
Muffins without chunks or nuts
Tortillas that have been steamed until they are soft
Vegetables like carrots, beans, peas, as long as they are soft. You can also mash them or cut into tiny pieces
Meats that have been cooked in a pressure cooker or crock pot are tender enough to eat
Make sure that when you are eating you drink plenty of water. This can help to make swallowing easier and helps to rinse any food residue that has caught in your braces. If you still find it painful to go through the motions of chewing for the first couple of days drink smoothies that are healthy and packed with plenty of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
It may help to make a weekly meal plan of soft foods so you know that you are getting all the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that your body needs. Here is an example of one day of soft foods for braces menu with suggestions of different foods you can have for that meal.
What to Eat
Pasta salad with shredded chicken or a tuna sandwich
Pudding, jello, or a smoothie
As you can see, you will not starve when you have braces. You will just have to make some adjustments as to how you eat your food for at least a week or until your mouth is no longer painful and you learn how to chew with braces. Even after the pain has subsided, you will still need to make sure that you are not eating sticky foods that could be caught in your braces or hard foods that could break your braces. When you go to the dentist to have your braces adjusted and tightened, you will go back to eating soft foods for braces to help alleviate some of the pain caused by the adjustments.