If you have braces, we know you have your share of days where your favorite foods are the same foods that cause you pain and discomfort. Whether you’re an adult or a teenager facing brand new or recently tightened braces, it can be difficult to find foods that are gentle on your braces and your teeth. To help you through these first few uncomfortable days, we’ve put together a list of dentist-approved foods for overall care of your braces and your dental health.
Soft Foods to Eat with New Braces
With new braces, sticking to soft, non-sticky foods is the best route to go for the first couple of days. Soft foods are gentle on your teeth and hold less risk of damaging your braces. We recommend avoiding hard foods, and cutting your food into bite-size pieces. Here’s our list of braces-friendly foods:
- Scrambled eggs
- Soft cheeses
- Smoothies and milkshakes
- Puddings or custards
- Mashed potatoes
- Pasta or noodles
- Soft breads
Foods to Avoid with Braces
Just as you’ll be looking for foods that you can eat, it’s also important to take note of foods that you should avoid while you have braces. In general, you should avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods that may break or damage your braces. Some examples of foods to avoid with braces includes:
- Hard candy
- Caramel, gummy bears, or other chewy candies
- Whole, hard fruit (try cutting these fruits into smaller pieces)
- Corn on the cob
Dr. Briglia’s Recommendations for Eating with Braces
Altering your diet for your new braces will take some time and minor lifestyle changes. However, with time, you’ll learn that things aren’t so bad and you truly can continue to enjoy your favorite foods, if you do so smartly! Below are some more tips from Dr. Briglia on how and what to eat with new braces:
Chew with your back teeth
You likely don’t think much about how and what teeth you chew with; but, we urge you to take a moment to consider it. Avoid biting or pulling with your front teeth and remember to take small bites!
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
The bones and ligaments that support your mouth are already weakened from the new alterations. Chewing quickly can cause more pain and inflammation. Eat slowly, remember to chew correctly, and drink plenty of water while you eat!
Rinse with Salt Water Regularly
The easiest and simplest way you can reduce inflammation is by rinsing with a saline mouth rinse. Simply mix a teaspoon of salt into 8 oz. of warm water and stir. Rinse and swish the mixture as often as you want during the first week after any adjustment.
Cover Sharp Wires with Dental Wax
As your mouth adjusts to your new braces, wax can be a temporary solution to your discomfort. Use your orthodontic wax to cover a bracket or poking wire while you’re waiting to see your orthodontist to fix the problem properly.
Take Pain Relievers
If all else false and you’re experiencing significant pain, you may consider taking over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Caring for your teeth and new braces
Finally, and most importantly, your braces are only effective if you’re attentive to their care. Remember to floss regularly, brush after each meal, wear rubber bands as instructed, and attend your follow-up appointments as scheduled!
For more dental tips & suggestions, contact Briglia Dental Group today!