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Oct 13, 2006 12:41 AM

Just got braces and EVERYTHING hurts, need ideas for softer foods...

I'm told my teeth will hurt for the next few days. Tried fried tofu, and even that was a bit much. I food processed some Tom Yum soup. The texture was terrible, but it didn't hurt. Any better ideas?

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  1. Oh my, I clearly remember THAT day! My dear, applesauce and ginger ale were about all I could tolerate...but it does get much better!

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    1. re: HillJ

      My are those the days where every month for a week my teeth would kill me...and this lasted 5 years! I agree with HillJ...applesauce and ginger ale were my go to's along with yogurt chicken noodle soup (the dry mix kind).

      1. re: abduction51

        Have to agree with yogurt & chicken soup, adbuction! Today's braces are a heck of a lot better than the metal type I worn. The kids have softer materials, no rubber bands, colors & flavors to pick from. It's a whole new world. So the fact that they still mind boggling. You'd think with all the advances, these suckers would be painfree!

        So, until they are--pamper yourself with soft foods and soothing flavors!

        1. re: HillJ

          Well, they're still moving your teeth around in your mouth, that's going to hurt at several points in the transition.

          You can find the orange powder that the Kraft mac & cheese comes with in shakers like the parm comes in, it will aid you in making your own mac & cheese mix. If you're so inclined.

        2. re: abduction51

          Another good thing to eat is either Scrambled Eggs or an Omlet!

          1. re: kitzmanc

            Agreed! I had braces for 5 years, and scrambled eggs and soups were my go-tos whenever I had them tightened. Taking ibuprofen before an adjustment helps, but I'd still include soft foods in your meal plan whenever you go to the orthodontist.

            1. re: kitzmanc

              My 11 year old son and I THANK you for this suggestion. I can't believe I didn't think of this. Its 8:30 the night after he got his braces on, and he's to the point where hunger is affecting his mood. I fixed him some eggs and got an "I LOVE YOU MOM"! and a huge smile. Thanks again.

        3. Polenta with cheese
          pureed soups - lentil or split pea will be protein rich too
          Crustless bread and butter
          soft cooked rice pilaf
          Couscous with soft sauteed squash
          Hang in there! HillJ is right it gets much better. Right now you are prolly dealing with both irritation from the brackets and that constant pressure. So it might be best to avoid spicy foods to keep the irritation down. The irritation will completely go away in a few weeks and the pressure will be much less perceptible. I've had braces for 6 months now and get a new wire each month. Only the first and one other dictated what I ate.

          1. the heck with changing the diet, take some extra strength tylenol and eat some real food. Or some ambesol. Been there done that and there was no way a little pain in the gums was sending Jfood to tofu.

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            1. re: jfood

              Yes but you have to be careful, just because you can't feel it anymore doesn't mean that it might not do damage to your gums or braces

            2. Try Jamba fruit chunks to clean out of your braces! Soups are good too. After a few days you'll be able to eat more solid foods like bananas.

                  1. re: pman

                    Rice porridge, usu. of the asian variety.