What to Eat When You First Get Braces

Getting braces is a pretty common occurrence for young people. In fact, orthodontists are able to adjust people’s teeth at younger and younger ages. When a person gets braces they may experience some soreness and tenderness in their mouth, their gums and their teeth. After getting braces you have to be careful with your choice of food so that you do not damage the braces, brackets or wiring. You have to be especially careful with what you eat immediately after you have the braces put on.

Drinks

If your teeth are especially sore after you get your braces, you may want to opt for some nourishment you can get in the form of a beverage, rather than eating a food that requires chewing. Some beverages you may want to try consuming include milk shakes, smoothies, fruit juices, drinkable yogurt and milk.

Liquid Foods

Eating food that has more of a liquid consistency is a good idea to prevent you from further discomfort if your mouth is sore immediately after getting braces. Some foods that have a liquid consistency include soup, grits, porridge, oatmeal, cream of wheat, applesauce, pudding, yogurt, frozen yogurt and soft-serve ice cream.

Soft Foods

If you are craving food that seems more substantial than those that are available in a liquid form, you may want to try some soft variety of foods that can be eaten without a great deal of chewing or impact on your teeth. Soft foods include mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables such as carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, green beans and broccoli. Soft fruits such as bananas may be OK to eat as well if you are feeling up to it. Cooked beans such as brown beans, kidney beans, lentils, pinto beans and black beans are soft as well. Cooked varieties of pasta are also softer foods, but may require more chewing and should only be eaten if you are feeling very well.

Mild Temperature Foods

If your teeth are sore, they may be more susceptible to sensitivity from extreme hot or cold temperatures. If you eat soup, allow it to cool off first and avoid any drinks that contain ice.

Altered Foods

If you are really craving something that might hurt your teeth, see what you can to do alter it to make it softer for you to eat. For instance, if you are craving Frosted Mini Wheats, let them soak in milk for a while so that they become soft enough for you to easily consume.

How to Wear Braces as an Adult

You were one of the lucky ones who got through adolescence without the humiliation of wearing braces. Twenty years later, though, as your orthodontist glues those little pieces of metal to your teeth, you are about to find out what it’s like to wear braces as an adult. However, with some minor lifestyle adjustments, you can survive wearing braces as an adult.

Instructions

  1. Invest in oral-hygiene tools. Wearing braces as an adult draws your attention to your oral hygiene. You will quickly discover how hard it is to clean your teeth and gums when you have a mouth full of wires. A water pick, a device that uses a small, high-pressure stream of water to remove debris from small spaces in your mouth, can be a lifesaver. Ask your orthodontist which one he recommends. Also invest in a selection of different sized toothbrushes and a fluoride rinse. When your teeth feel clean, you will be less self-conscious.
  2. Drink plenty of water. Drinking water washes food particles out of your mouth, dilutes sticky or acidic substances and keeps your mouth lubricated. Moist tissue slides better across braces and won’t get caught on rough edges and tear. Also, drinking water helps maintain fresh breath, making you less self-conscious.
  3. Abstain from sticky foods. Give up trying to chew gum or eat candy while you have braces. Also, pass on food with small particles, like popcorn. These foods will get stuck in your braces and increase your anxiety of being seen with food stuck on your teeth. Your orthodontist should provide you with a list of foods to avoid.
  4. Learn snappy come-backs. Be prepared for strange comments about your appearance with braces from friends and strangers. Kids usually just get “railroad tracks.” Because the braces make you look like a teenager, adults get interesting descriptions of people’s preferences for younger partners.
  5. Smile. Know that as an adult, your self-esteem goes deeper than your appearance. Allow your personality to shine through the braces because that’s what most people really like about you. Remember, it’s only a temporary condition, anyway. The braces will come off and your teeth will be straighter than they’ve ever been.