Tips for Eating With Braces

Tips for Eating With Braces

You may find that your teeth and mouth feel quite sore if you’ve just started with your braces treatment, or if you’ve recently had you braces tightened. This soreness will normally last for about a week, and during this time, it can be hard to eat! Here are some tips to make it easier.

Change Your Diet

Choose soft foods that are easy to chew.

Soft foods are less likely to damage your braces, or cause additional pain and discomfort to your sensitive teeth.

Some healthy choices include:

  • Soft cheese or yogurt
  • Sautéed or steamed vegetables
  • Eggs
  • Soup
  • Soft-cooked meat and seafood with no bones
  • Pasta dishes
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Soft fruits (bananas, kiwis, berries, etc.)

Cut out hard, sticky and chewy foods.

These types of food can cause pain and discomfort during chewing, but they can also damage your braces.

Try to avoid the following:

  • Nuts
  • Granola
  • Popcorn
  • Licorice
  • Caramel
  • Chewy candies (like Starburst)
  • Raw veggies
  • Apples and other hard fruit
  • Gum

Change How You Eat

Cut your food into small pieces.

Chop your food up into small pieces, rather than biting into bigger pieces. For example, while it my hurt to simply bit into an apple, cutting it up into slices or small chunks will make it manageable with braces. Corn on the cob is another good example: not a great idea in and of itself, but simply cutting the corn off the cob means you’ll be able to eat it without issue.

Taking steps like these will help you manage pain and protect your braces, while also providing you with more dietary options.

Chew with your back teeth.

Your back teeth are sturdier than your front ones, and therefore less sensitive to pain. This means you’ll likely be able to chew more comfortably with your back teeth than the others.

Avoid tearing or pulling apart foods with your front teeth (as mentioned, cutting your food into smaller pieces can help). Instead, place smaller pieces of food directly toward the back of your mouth.

Eat slowly.

Even if you're really hungry, try to make a point to eat more slowly. This may happen naturally if your teeth are quite sore, but if you find yourself rushing, make a point of slowing down and chewing carefully.

Taking some of the above steps will really help make chewing easier during those times when your braces are hurting you. If you have more questions on how to manage pain, contact our Maple Ridge orthodontics practice today!

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