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Foods I can Eat When I Get Dental Braces

by 209 · June 20, 2011 at 03:58 AM

I about to get braces on my teeth next week and I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas on what food I should eat for the first 2-3(has to be liquid or extreamly soft) I was thinking ground meat, unsweetened applesauce and veggie soup. Any more ideas?

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903 · June 20, 2011 at 03:30 AM

I love pureed soups...bone broth + veg + lots of butter + sauerkraut gives a little kick. yum! there is also an egg drink recipe that might call to you..EGG DRINK

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25 · June 20, 2011 at 03:30 AM

I got braces two months ago, so my sympathies there. They get better, but they're no fun at first.

Spaghetti squash, properly cooked, is pretty soft. Guacamole is very good. Scrambled eggs also work well. I've read that you can blend fruit with coconut milk to make shakes; I've never tried it, but it might be worth looking into if you have a blender.

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2487 · June 20, 2011 at 03:41 AM

I would suggest smoothies, yogurt/kefir, and gelatin snacks, along with the other great suggestions (wish I'd thought of guacamole back then!). I like gelatin mixed into my smoothies like protein powder, no heating required- it plumps a bit after two or three minutes, like teeny tiny boba. Jello made with coconut milk and/or fruit juices is another good option, if you're into that. Broth is a great idea too- I found anything with gelatin soothing on the scratches I got inside my mouth from the brackets.

Mostly, painkillers for the aches the first couple of days, and cold-ish liquids if the temperature differential isn't uncomfortable. I liked cold liquids, but hot was painful for me; I have friends who were exactly the opposite. And you should be evened out within a few days.

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642 · June 20, 2011 at 03:23 AM

Hi BuzzingAsh, I had braces when I was 12 and I honestly can't remember what I ate back then, but I remember it being hell- not that it matters. Actually, it doesn't matter at all. This is 100% about you, so I wouldn't sweat your diet for the next "2-3" (days? weeks? Months? Whatever). My advice? Eat anything you can stomach and chew post surgery, paleo or not. Just get your ass back on the paleo wheelbarrow when you are feeling better. -Ryan Wilder

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145 · June 20, 2011 at 03:58 AM

I'm an older man with braces. I can tell you that you can eat lots of food with braces. Just avoid the hard stuff. You won't be able to bite into an apple or eat celery. Remember to cut things into smaller pieces before you eat them. Carry a travel toothbrush with you wherever you go. I have several. Keep one in your pocket, one in the car... I have to use one after each meal. You will also have to get a water pick. You won't be able to floss and the water pick is a life saver. It's worth the investment. They even make a portable one for travel. Your orthodontist will give you a list of foods to avoid. Good luck.

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10878 · June 20, 2011 at 03:45 AM

I had braces for 4 years when I was a teen and I remember it. It hurts the day you get them adjusted and the day after but then it's fine. I guess on adjustment days I remember eating pasta and smoothies but obviously you aren't eating pasta. It's really not that hard to eat paleo and eat soft foods. Eggs are soft, ground meat is fine, you can make paleo smoothies with raw eggs and coconut milk with some kale and berries, fish is soft without any sort of adulteration, soups are nice. If you're going out to eat Indian and Thai coconut based curries are easy to deal with.

It's really not that bad. Getting my wisdom teeth out was bad enough to go on a liquid diet but braces just make your mouth sore. Unless, you have a really low pain tolerance I don't think it's going to be as bad as you are anticipating.

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