Eating Do's and Don'ts with Braces

Posted on 10/20/2018 by Dr. Daniel Sawrie
Eating Do's and Don'ts with BracesThe first few weeks after you get your new brace appliances installed will prove to be a bit painful and a lot more difficult in terms of your eating habits.

It is almost as if you will have to re-learn how to chew again, but do not panic! Taking note and further implementing these important eating tips will have you back to munching on popcorn and mixed nuts in no time!

Tips for Eating with Your New Appliances

Most people say that eating gets easier after the first two to three weeks of having worn braces, so do not lose hope if you and your braces do not get along right away, all good things take time! Use these helpful tips to help you adjust more quickly and effectively.

•  Start soft and slowly make your way back to solids like steak and fried chicken.
•  Slow down! Take care to cut your food into small manageable bites for the first couple of weeks and be mindful to chew SLOWLY and CAREFULLY.
•  Watch out for the stringy stuff. Try and stay away from mozzarella cheese for a bit, yes that means pizza. Whoa, whoa, calm down. It is only temporary, just until you get the hang of things. Also, it will prove to be much easier to eat spaghetti or any long noodle if you cut it into smaller pieces.
•  Practice taking side bites. It might feel weird, but get used to it, as you will likely not be biting anything with your front teeth for a while.
•  Forget about trail mix for a while. Nuts and seeds, as well as sticky foods like dried fruit, are notorious for getting stuck in braces and will remain there until you get them out. Which could make for a LONG irritating day.
•  Indulge on the cold stuff. Treat yourself with smoothies, popsicles, slushies, yogurt - things of that nature that will temporarily dull the pain and discomfort.

You may feel a bit discouraged at first trying to figure out exactly how to eat with your new appliances, but be patient, in due time you will find your comfort zone and food will then be enjoyable again!

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