On the way to your beautiful, straight new smile, you may experience some temporary soreness, especially with new or recently-adjusted braces. Here are some tips to help you manage any discomfort or soreness.
We’ve found that avoiding certain foods during your orthodontic treatment can help you be more comfortable.
7 Suggestions For Eating With Newly-Placed Or Recently-Tightened Braces
Eat soft foods. Liquid or broth-based foods, such as shakes, smoothies, soups, mashed potatoes, eggs, quinoa, oatmeal, applesauce, puddings, yogurt, or jello all require little chewing, and are less likely to irritate your teeth and gums. Remember to look for sugar-free soft food options.
If you want to eat meat, try cold cuts or seafood. Canned tuna fish is a good option.
If you are hungry for some fruits or vegetables, try boiling the veggies, and cutting them and the fruit into small pieces so they’re easier to chew.
Eat carefully. Remember to chew your foods slowly. Use the roof of your mouth and your tongue to “smash” softer foods. If possible, try to keep your upper and lower teeth from touching.
Putting dental wax over any brackets that are close to the sore spots in your mouth can prevent further pain and irritation.
An over-the-counter pain reliever can help alleviate the soreness and discomfort.
Modern Braces Are More Comfortable
With today’s modern orthodontic technology, it’s possible to go through braces or orthodontic treatment with very minimal discomfort. If you’re careful and follow the instructions we give you, you can have a great orthodontic experience until that day when your braces come off and your beautiful new smile is revealed!
If you have any questions about your braces, give us a call or ask us at your next appointment.
Do You Have Any Helpful Tips For Newer Patients?
If you have worn braces and have some helpful advice on what or how to eat with new or recently-tightened braces, please feel free to post them in the comments below.