Adjusting to braces may take a while. There may be pain, soreness, swelling and new sensitive nerves in your teeth. Biting and chewing will not feel as natural, but there are some ways to master the orthodontic apparel in your mouth.
1. Eat Soft, Small Foods
In the beginning, the braces may cause soreness, and taking a big bite of an apple may not be an option. Start with softer foods like pancakes, soup, applesauce, and yogurts until your teeth begin to align and you gain more strength. Cut food into small bites to alleviate the pressure on your mouth and gums.
The front teeth will be especially sensitive, so eat on the sides and in the back of your mouth. Each person will have his or her own trick on how to eat with braces, so find what works comfortably for you. Brackets may fall off if you take a chomping bite into your food.
3. Avoid Sticky Foods
There’s a reason orthodontists recommend staying away from sticky and hard foods like gum, popcorn, chips, and seeds. The tiny food particles will stick to every part of the braces that they can find.
4. Wax On, Wax Off
Ask your Utah orthodontist or dentist for dental wax or bracket protection; the wax will save your gums from being torn by the metal bracket prongs. Your mouth may form canker sores or bumps from learning to live with braces. Keep your brackets clean and covered if they start to poke.
At Apex Dental we can treat canker sores with our state-of-the-art dental laser to provide relief from pain and shorten healing time. Learn more.
After a few weeks, eating with braces will not be nearly as difficult. Chew slowly, bite softly, and check up with your orthodontist consistently. Each time your braces are tightened, the sensitive feelings may return. Cold foods may help soothe the pain; ice cream is always a good option.