One of the most challenging adjustments for orthodontic patients during their first week in braces (and throughout treatment for that matter) is having to change their diets. When you first get braces, eating can be uncomfortable, so switching to extra soft foods will be more of an instinct than a real inconvenience. As the teeth gradually adjust to the braces, eating will become a lot easier.
Foods to Eat During the First Few Days with Braces
Foods that are easy to eat during the first few days in braces include jello, soups, mashed potatoes, applesauce, yogurt and pudding. Other healthy, soft options include bananas, baked potato, scrambled eggs and oatmeal. Smoothies are a great choice as well, enjoyed as a tasty meal or dessert in a glass.
Some patients experience tooth sensitivity toward cold and hot temperatures during the first few days in braces. On the other hand, some don’t have a problem eating cold foods at all and find options like ice cream and frozen yogurt soothing. If you find that you have a sensitivity to hot and cold foods, try eating foods at neutral temperature levels. For example, eat soup at a lukewarm temperature.
After the First Week in Braces
Once the first week has passed and the discomfort subsides, you should be able to eat anything that doesn’t require a lot of pressure to chew. You will need to limit chewy, sticky and crunchy foods throughout your time in braces, however, after the first week you’ll able to reintroduce a wider variety food, including sandwiches (made with soft bread), well steamed vegetables, pasta, soft fruits, sliced turkey, other meats, cut into small pieces, etc., into your diet.
Foods to Avoid with Braces
It’s important to avoid foods that can increase the risk of damaging the braces or getting cavities. Cut down on soda, chips and sugary sweets. Starchy, sugary foods produce plaque acid which can cause gum disease and tooth decay. Eating Hard, chewy, sticky, foods, including hard candy and nuts, can also loosen brackets and cause wire damage, having a negative impact on treatment.
Have questions? Call 480-386-9722 today. At E&S Orthodontics, our friendly staff can answer any questions you have about the first week of braces and beyond.