At Parrish Orthodontics, we want your transition into braces to be as comfortable as possible. It may take a few days to get used to life with your new braces, especially eating with new braces, so here are some do’s and don’t’s when making those initial food choices.
Don’t eat junk. Remember to eat healthy. While we would all love to eat ice cream and pudding for every meal, your teeth are still susceptible to cavities while wearing braces. There are plenty of healthy food choices such as soft cheeses, meatloaf, yogurt, and baked apples that are still tasty and nourishing.
Do – Think soft. If you’re experiencing any initial discomfort, hard or crunchy foods are not your best friend. Not only will they be difficult to eat with sore teeth, but they can damage your braces! Scrambled eggs, oatmeal, and soup are all good choices for your first days with braces. Hang in there… it will get much better soon!
Don’t bite into tricky foods. Corn on the cob, steak, apples, and raw vegetables should not be directly bitten. Cut the corn off of the cob and make sure apples and vegetables are small enough that they can be easily chewed on the back teeth instead of the front ones.
Be sure to check out our “Life with Braces” page to find more food suggestions for eating with new braces and learn how to combat any soreness or discomfort from your new braces. If you have any specific questions, feel free to contact one of our offices!