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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 hurt...is 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
          yogurt
          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.

            1. Try Jamba Juice...no 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.

                1. I'm going through the same thing. I got the top put on about 5 months ago, everytime they change the wire it's Jamba Juice/Robeks and soup for two days.

                  Not looking forward to getting the bottom on in two weeks.

                  1. Ice Cream, oatmeal, slurp spaghetti then more ice cream!

                    1. my daughter says mashed potatoes, jello and rice. Depends on your taste. How old are you? She says ice cream is the best when it hurts.

                      1. scrambled eggs with cream cheese and onion.

                        souffles

                        make peanut butter toast, cut it up and float it in tomato soup (if you like that sort of thing). the toast will get softened by the soup and there you go. maybe this will be better in a couple of days...

                        baked macaroni and cheese.

                        Mrsmegawatt's daughter is a wise one. Ice cream makes everything better.

                        Hope you feel better soon.

                        1. Cook a piece of fish for yourself. As long as there's no skin or bones to get in the way, you can "chew" it with your tounge and the roof of your mouth. This works for long-cooked dishes too... like beef stew. If you're going to have this problem every time you have the things tightened, a crock-pot might be a good thing to have around.

                          I developed my low-grade addiction to rice pudding when I had braces.

                          Sorry you're going through this pain!

                          1. Mac & cheese
                            Scrambled eggs (cream cheese and chives are great additions)
                            Pan-sauteed white fish
                            Ice cream
                            Smoothies
                            Oatmeal
                            Applesauce
                            Mashed potatoes or butternut squash (of course, lots of butter and sour cream on those mashed taters <g>)
                            Pancakes
                            Guacamole
                            Mashed bananas (maybe make a banana bread)
                            CHOCOLATE PUDDING!!! :-)

                            1. Yogurt, jello, custardy things, soup, stuff like that. I guess for me, it was so long ago that I've blocked those memories out.

                              TT

                              1. I lost some weight when I got braces. I remember even when my teeth weren't hurting, I'd rip everything into bite-sized pieces and place it in my mouth rather than bite, and therefore wear my meal in my traintracks for everyone to see.

                                I stocked up on Lipton's Cream of Chicken soup packets. They're hard to find, most places have chicken noodle, but not cream of chicken. Anyway, the slight saltiness was really soothing on my abraded tongue, cheeks, and lips, and the warmth eased the soreness. Like a hot tub, for your mouth. And ditto what the Engineer said above about fish and slow-cooked meats and chewing with your tongue.

                                There's always a few days of soreness with every adjustment. It's the worst at the beginning, though.

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                                1. re: themis

                                  That's a brilliant adaptation to keep the front-teeth-leftovers at bay.

                                2. I make for my son:
                                  Egg based dishes--quiche, fritattas, strata
                                  Shepherd's pie
                                  soft meatloaf
                                  hearty soups full of veggies that I puree w/ a handheld blender

                                  1. Lately I've been into the whole cottage cheese and fruit kick. I buy those little containers of fruit, like the snack pack puddings and mix it into a container of non-fat cottage cheese. The peaches are especially good. Ravioli is easy to eat too...also a lot of pre-made salads such as tuna, pasta salads etc from the market work. They're mostly soft.

                                    1. Poor baby. I've been getting those implanted crowns, so have been periodically dentally impaired. I was constantly searching out soft foods and surprisingly there are quite a lot of good things you can eat, e.g. creamed spinach, puddings, noodle soups, legume (split pea, lentil) soups, cream of wheat, maybe meatloaf or hot dogs.

                                      1. on the days my braces got tightened, my mom would make spaghetti or pureed soups, savory souffles, and a lot of different combos of mashed veggies (try carrots with turnips, yum)

                                        i feel for you, my friend.... but it is SO WORTH IT to have a beautiful smile.

                                        1. I remember the pain...(yikes) try oatmeal, grits, puddings, yogurts, jello, eggs, soups like tomato, creamy potato, split pea etc... mashed tatos, pb&j and other sandwiches that dont include crunch, fish...

                                          I lived on tylenol somedays because I could not chng eating habits. It will get better in a few days but when you get your braces tightened you'll be back to sqaure one...not sure if anyone has recommended but trying taking some pain releiver before your next apt and 20 min before eating.

                                            1. re: Stephanie Wong

                                              Yes! But do look out for the unpitted green olives.

                                            2. The pain will go away soon enough, and down the line (trust me), you'll be very glad that you got the braces done.

                                              I always used my braces as an excuse to have an entire meal consist of ice cream.

                                              1. I wore braces as an adult, so it really put a kink in culinary foraging. I avoided sandwiches at all costs. There was nothing more gross than getting bread stuck between the wires and my teeth. Biting into anything was difficult. Any kind of egg works well. But for more substantial fare, most any item made with a ground meat (turkey, pork, beef) is not a hard chew. Potato items (other than chips) are doable as well. Naturally, soups and porridge-like dips are easy on the teeth. Black bean/chipotle/cilantro puree dipped with flour tortillas, YUM! Then thin the leftovers with a broth for a good soup.

                                                  1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                    i got mine a few days ago too, and the wax really helps. just try to get the spot dry-ish before you put it on, the wax will stick better. For me, i started using this mint-flavored wax they gave me, but the mint flavoring tingled and hurt on the sores, so i asked for unflavored, which was great. Also, rinsing with equal parts hydrogen peroxide (you can get it at Safeway or any pharmacy) and water helps clean and ease the sores a bit oh... just saw that this is from last year... well maybe someone like me looking for answers will benefit!

                                                  2. Just got my braces on two days ago. My teeth are KILLING me. I've been taking Tylenol every four hours, and nothing seems to help. Also, I have sores now underneath my lips, yuk! Anyone know how to get rid of them?

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                                                    1. re: MiamiPammie

                                                      "Also, I have sores now underneath my lips, yuk! Anyone know how to get rid of them?"

                                                      You're referring to sores from the braces rubbing up against the inside of your mouth/cheeks right? Get some dental wax ASAP! My dentist gave me two packs of the stuff but so far I've been lucky and haven't needed to use them. You pinch off a bit of wax, roll into a soft ball, and then press firmly over and around the offending part of your braces.

                                                      1. re: okayu

                                                        I am not sure if it will work, but when ever I get a canker sore, I eat organic yogurt, with live cultures. There is something in the cultures that heals sores really quick.

                                                        1. re: bethd127

                                                          I found it was better to suffer through the sores if I could and let the skin callous up a bit rather than use wax. The wax never stick and I ended up eating it more often than having it help. The initial pain of getting them on goes away fast, it won't ever be that bad again. Avoiding spicy foods is a good idea and all of the above soft foods are good too. Good luck, it's true that you'll be glad you went through it!

                                                    2. When I used to get my braces tightened my dad would make me Stouffer's Chicken a la King.

                                                      1. As suggested above, try smooth thick soups, but not too hot, and dip whole wheat bread in them 'till it's mushy. Stores like Fairway, Citarella, etc sell some great fresh soups with lots of taste but a soothing texture. If it were me, I'd probably eat Fairway's green "Potage Sante" a lot - warm it up to lukewarm in the microwave and then add a dollop of cold plain yogurt. I think the cool yogurt in the warm soup would feel good on sore teeth. But afterwards, do a lot of water swishing so you don't leave green bits in your braces!

                                                        1. There are millions of wonderful things to make with soft, forgiving tofu.

                                                          1. pastini (tiny star-shaped pasta) with butter, and you can mix some soft-cooked egg in there for protein. it was my comfort food when i was a kid.

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                                                            1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                              butter and parmesan! pastina was the best as a kid... as i'm sure it would be today!

                                                              miso soup w/ tofu and softer veggies that can get overcooked in the broth

                                                              cheddar cheese omelettes

                                                              sweet or savory oatmeal

                                                              sweet or savory pancakes

                                                              pate/terrines

                                                              creamed spinach

                                                              couscous, lentils, barley, hot or in salads

                                                              1. FWIW, some people say drinking milk helps when your teeth hurt. In California we can get raw milk and I've noticed the best effect with this after a week or two.

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                                                                1. re: Cinnamon

                                                                  Not very original, but I liked soft boiled eggs, but instead of salt used a drop or two of soy sauce. Seemed more flavorful to my admittedly commoner tastebuds.

                                                                2. Oh boy, I remember those days. How about matzoh ball soup? I didn't want to chew anything everytime I had my braces tightened. Soup soup soup. Pacific Northwest makes delicious ready made soups, and you can get them in the organic sections of a lot of supermarkets, or Whole Foods, or a good health food store. My favorite is the roasted red pepper and tomato, the carrot is good, the creamy butternut squash soup also good. The French onion is good, but it's missing the onion chunks...which is probably good for you right now anyway.

                                                                  1. I had em too--were they recently tightened??if so--they will feel better in about a week-smoothies are nice-ice cream-soup-
                                                                    mac and cheese-don't eat anything too hard because the wires can break and you have to endure a cut wire in your mouth until you see the orthodontist-good luck--you'll feel better soon-then you will have a great inclusion and smile

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                                                                      I ate soup most of those times. My granny also had some some home made ice cream that hit the spot, many of times when pain would hit.

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                                                                      1. ok i got braces a couple months ago and today they stripped them and sent me to get 4 teeth ripped out i am in a lot of pain but i found a way to resolve it now that my braces hurt too... go to your local dunkin donuts and get a large iced xx and fill the straw plug the other end with your finger and then let it go down in your throat...ill tell ya it is the best feeling ever right now lol.

                                                                        1. I didn't experience a lot of pain when I had braces years ago. When I would get a little tightness after they were adjusted, my orthodontist recommended chewing sugarless gum. It really does help to loosen it up a bit! If you don't have sugarless gum on hand, just chew on a bit of the wax they give you to put over rough spots that make your mouth sore! HTH!

                                                                          1. I got braces as an adult, and I wish I'd known about Chowhound at the time :) I hope you're feeling better soon. 2 suggestions in addition to the great ones above are:

                                                                            -Egg or tuna salad on squishy bread (even though I got my braces off years ago, I still feel weird about biting into sandwiches!)
                                                                            -Grilled cheese dipped in tomato soup
                                                                            -Creamed corn- it didn't become a comfort food for me until I got braces
                                                                            -Miso soup with pieces of soft tofu

                                                                            1. Yeah I Tried To Eat A Sandwich That Didnt Work Out And My Teeth Hurt Really Bad And The Oragel Isnt Working Eather So I Need A List Foods That I Can Eat...
                                                                              ~Dadester~

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                                                                              1. re: katy_dade

                                                                                The obvious, rice, mashed potatoes, oatmeal, cream of wheat, grits, scrambled eggs, soft tofu, refried beans, cottage cheese, apple sauce. Maybe try pureeying (sp?) some fresh summer fruit (watermelon, strawberries, ect.) for a nice "sorbet". Good luck, report back :)

                                                                              2. I'm adult with braces too. I go on The Beer Diet whever I get an adjustment. It fills me up and I find I really don't give a hoot about the pain after a couple ;-)

                                                                                1. Thanks for the suggestions! I don't have braces but I just had a deep-cleaning done this morning and my mouth's getting very sore as the bruising shows up! I was just wondering what on earth I could eat for dinner that would satisfy me without requiring much chewing... so lasagna it is. And I must lay in some Pacific Foods soups for my return visits...

                                                                                  1. I remember those days. Braces hurt! I would try a whole bunch of thick soups, oatmeal, pudding, etc. Smoothies will get you through!

                                                                                    1. I Currently Have Braces.. My Fave's Mashed Potato.. With Cod Fish.. And Heinz Beans.. Not Only Is It Soft. Tastes Owkay Tooh! =]

                                                                                      1. mashed potatoes with poached eggs on top works

                                                                                        1. Well when you get braces you need to still eat some foods like chicken , soft tacos, Just really regular daily bases food but not any thing hard like candy but if you will chew SUGAR FREE ! gum it will sooth your mouth and ease the pain but stop eating like really soft stuff all the time because your getting your mouth used too that kind of stuff but if you eat like regular food after a couple of weeks after eating all the regular food the pain will ease because its getting your braces used too that kind of fooods and its getting YOU used too the braces too so try that out hope it help !!! (=

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                                                                                          1. re: Bethany09

                                                                                            Oops didnt' realize this was an old thread that I had already replied to a while back.

                                                                                          2. Frozen bananas, blended in blender or food processor with some water. Tastes surprisingly like ice cream, but much healthier, and the cold may help you feel better.

                                                                                            1. Yeah, I just got braces yesterday, and they hurt. But take some ibuprophen to ease the pain. Even though it won't cure the tenderness of your teeth it helps.

                                                                                              Foods that I find easy to eat:
                                                                                              -Icee's (they calm the pain and are drinkable)
                                                                                              -Smoothis (they work the same as icee's)
                                                                                              -Applesauce (still yummy and easy to swallow without chewing)
                                                                                              -Ramen noodles (no flavoring just the noodles and butter)
                                                                                              -Jello
                                                                                              -Ice cream (melts in your mouth)
                                                                                              -Special K Original cereal (allow it to get soggy first and then it is easier to eat)
                                                                                              -Angel Hair pasta (small, thin noodles are easier to chew and swallow; use like ramen noodles)

                                                                                              1. I just got mine too. But I still ate some breads.
                                                                                                First, I ate Peanut butter sandwich (even though its bad for braces)
                                                                                                and Second, I ate a soup made out of seaweed.
                                                                                                and I ate a toast that has egg,sugar, and bread on it.
                                                                                                So thats what I ate for today affter the Dentists.
                                                                                                when I was done with my soup, I saw my braces and one of them was coverd in
                                                                                                seaweed. So I just picked it out and threw it away.
                                                                                                So I want to say You might want to choose soup with NO huge chunks that you have to
                                                                                                CHEW on. I would choose chiken soup with no big chunks.
                                                                                                I also drank aloe drink. And there was no huge chunks. So I just let go down my throt
                                                                                                with out chewing it.

                                                                                                1. In a pinch you can survive for several days on tapioca pudding.Use the recipe for Fluffy Tapioca on the Minute Tapioca box but double it and increase total eggs to 3.

                                                                                                  1. I'm getting braces in just a little more than a week and I've been doing some research on what I can eat. I've put together a list of do's and don'ts and wanted to share with those who are either facing the same situation...or are already there. Here it is:
                                                                                                    Take a pain reliever before your next apt and 20 min before eating.
                                                                                                    Rinsing with equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water helps clean and ease the sores.
                                                                                                    Dental wax-pinch off a bit of wax, roll into a soft ball, and then press firmly over and around the offending part of your braces.
                                                                                                    If your teeth are sore, they may be more susceptible to sensitivity from extreme hot or cold temperatures.
                                                                                                    Dairy
                                                                                                     Soft cheeses, such as cheddar
                                                                                                     soft-serve ice cream

                                                                                                    Bread and Grains
                                                                                                     Corn bread
                                                                                                     Cooked beans such as brown beans, kidney beans, pinto beans and black beans
                                                                                                     Pasta
                                                                                                    Meat
                                                                                                     cooked, soft chicken
                                                                                                     thin slices of lunch meat
                                                                                                     meatballs, stewed meats
                                                                                                     meatloaf
                                                                                                     soft barbecued meat
                                                                                                     soup
                                                                                                     fish sticks
                                                                                                     crab cakes
                                                                                                     very tender pot roast
                                                                                                     tender corn beef
                                                                                                     tamales

                                                                                                    Seafood

                                                                                                     Salmon
                                                                                                     Tuna
                                                                                                     fish loaf
                                                                                                     fish salad
                                                                                                     fish fillets
                                                                                                     crab cakes
                                                                                                     non-crunchy fish sticks

                                                                                                    Vegetables-Archwired.com recommends eating soft foods such as:
                                                                                                     Steamed/cooked vegetables, such as carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, green beans and broccoli
                                                                                                     mashed potatoes
                                                                                                     Cole slaw
                                                                                                     spinach soufflé
                                                                                                     steamed and chopped dark leafy vegetables
                                                                                                     avocados
                                                                                                     salsa
                                                                                                     beans
                                                                                                     soup
                                                                                                     Cut into bite size pieces, or avoid all together: whole apples, carrots

                                                                                                    Treats- safe to eat sparingly
                                                                                                     Ice cream (free of chunks or nuts)
                                                                                                     non-frozen cheesecake
                                                                                                     gelatin
                                                                                                     ice cream

                                                                                                    DO NOT EAT:
                                                                                                     Ice....Definitely NO!! It totally destroys braces.
                                                                                                     Nuts
                                                                                                     Peanut brittle
                                                                                                     Hard pizza crust
                                                                                                     Corn on the cob
                                                                                                     Ribs
                                                                                                     Doritos, corn chips, hard tacos, Cheetos, Fritos
                                                                                                     Popcorn
                                                                                                     Hard pretzels
                                                                                                     Hard rolls and bagels
                                                                                                     Raw carrots
                                                                                                     Raw or hard fruits
                                                                                                     Bread with seeds, nuts or hard grains
                                                                                                     Hard or dried meats, such as beef jerky
                                                                                                     Raw or hard vegetables

                                                                                                    Recommendations:
                                                                                                     Lipton's Cream of Chicken soup packets
                                                                                                     cottage cheese and fruit
                                                                                                     soups like tomato, creamy potato
                                                                                                     smooth thick soups, but not too hot, and dip whole wheat bread in them 'till it's mushy
                                                                                                     Grilled cheese dipped in tomato soup
                                                                                                     Smoothies
                                                                                                     Frozen bananas, blended in blender or food processor with some water (Tastes surprisingly like ice cream, but much healthier, and the cold may help you feel better.)
                                                                                                     Icee's (they calm the pain and are drinkable)
                                                                                                     Ramen noodles (no flavoring just the noodles and butter)
                                                                                                     Ice cream (melts in your mouth)
                                                                                                     Angel Hair pasta (small, thin noodles are easier to chew and swallow; use like ramen noodles)

                                                                                                    BREAKFAST FOODS
                                                                                                     Special K Original cereal (allow it to get soggy first and then it is easier to eat)
                                                                                                     Frosted Mini Wheat’s, let them soak in milk for a while so that they become soft
                                                                                                     little containers of fruit
                                                                                                     snack pack puddings
                                                                                                     oatmeal & cream of wheat
                                                                                                     soft boiled eggs
                                                                                                     eggs
                                                                                                     jello
                                                                                                     Smoothies
                                                                                                     Applesauce
                                                                                                     Yogurts/ frozen yogurt
                                                                                                     Milkshakes
                                                                                                     mashed bananas
                                                                                                     baked apples
                                                                                                     soft, pureed or cooked fruits
                                                                                                     Juices
                                                                                                     Soft, smooth bread products (and muffins)
                                                                                                     Pancakes

                                                                                                    Good luck to all and focus on the end results...I know I am!!!

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                                                                                                    1. re: kwx212

                                                                                                      I wish I had found this thread BEFORE I got braces 2 days ago..

                                                                                                      I'm 41 years old, and nobody has EVER told me how badly we've been torturing kids all these years with braces?!

                                                                                                      I was expecting some annoyances, but then the wires on the ends poking my cheeks (yes, the wax is a REQUIREMENT and works great!), and now it actually hurts to chew?! WOW..

                                                                                                      So, day 1, literally on the way home from the appointment, before I felt any pain, I was hungry, and was warned only not to eat crunchy/chewy stuff, so I went to Chipotle, and managed to eat a burrito pain-free, but was only annoyed with the rice in the braces. A couple hours later though, I was so annoyed by these things that I wanted to take them off myself in the garage at any cost.

                                                                                                      That night, I managed to eat a salad and some chicken strips. I realized that raw broccoli is not worth it anymore, even though I love it.. had sense enough to get mashed potatoes, which was great.

                                                                                                      Yesterday, a turkey sandwich was unfortunately a mistake, but last night I discovered a renewed love for ice cream...

                                                                                                      I think the blended frozen banana is going to be my first try from all I'm reading, and I'm going to stock up on applesauce and yogurt.. what the heck. I'm going to try to GET a good attitude about this, and maybe this will force me to change eating habits forever and lose some weight in the process!!

                                                                                                      Thanks to all of you!!

                                                                                                      -Steve

                                                                                                      1. re: 172pilot

                                                                                                        "and maybe this will force me to change eating habits forever and lose some weight in the process!!"

                                                                                                        I wouldn't plan on that too much :) - it doesn't hurt for very long. :-)

                                                                                                        1. re: 172pilot

                                                                                                          you have plenty of ideas here, but just since you bumped the thread...

                                                                                                          oatmeal
                                                                                                          risotto (i know the rice is tough but at least mushy)
                                                                                                          pureed soups - take advantage of all the veggies coming into season like asparagus... broccoli, tomatoes... all good in purees
                                                                                                          hummus
                                                                                                          baba ghanoush

                                                                                                          1. re: Emme

                                                                                                            Thanks to everyone who posted suggestions! I'm 38 years old & just got my braces on yesterday.

                                                                                                            My situation's a tiny bit different as far as finding soft foods to eat because I've also been on a mission to lose weight since April 26th. (Lost 19 pounds so far!) I'm only consuming 1200 calories a day, so I make sure I choose them wisely. One suggestion I have for everyone is to try Easy Mac (the small bowls that come 4 in a pack) with 2 ounces of canned chicken breast mixed in after it has cooled a little. It's only 290 calories and you get a little protein so you feel full longer---tuna would work too I'm just not a tuna fan. Mott's makes a sugar free apple sauce with calcium added that comes in individual servings/6 to a pack, only 50 calories in one of those. And one of my normal snacks is 3-4 hard boiled egg whites (68 calories), I think those might be soft enough so I'll give them a try.

                                                                                                            I'm still searching for other low calorie/high protein things to eat that are "braces friendly", so if you guys think of anything else let me know! And if I discover anything not on the above lists I'll share those as well :)

                                                                                                          2. re: 172pilot

                                                                                                            Honestly, I have no idea how you are eating all the stuff you're saying in this reply, let alone how everyone else is eating all the stuff they claimed to have eaten while their braces were on.

                                                                                                            I eat a lot of soup, and after having my braces on for two months, I can kind of almost eat things like toast and bacon without tearing them into minute pieces. I still have to tear them into pieces, I just don't have to tear them into *tiny* pieces. I can't bite and can barely chew, and I haven't eaten pasta in two months.

                                                                                                            1. re: Novel Device

                                                                                                              Have you talked to your orthodontist? Your level of sensitivity is definitely a bummer and really seems unusual. The really soft foods should only be needed for maybe four or five days after a tightening; after that, they're just helpful for not breaking brackets or getting really stuck between the wires and teeth. I had my braces for a year (age 53) and as long as I avoided the hard/sticky/crunchy/chewy foods, all these other suggestions worked. I never even had to take the blender route. I really wish you good luck - and it is worth it. Keep the forum posted if you find out something new.

                                                                                                              1. re: PamWaterman

                                                                                                                I was thinking the same thing. My son had braces longer than anybody i've ever known (upwards of seven years, for crying out loud) and really there was only a couple of times when his mouth was really sore after an adjustment. He rarely needed any soft foods. Maybe his orthodontist was a wizard or magician (he sure charged us like he was)

                                                                                                              2. re: Novel Device

                                                                                                                I agree! I got my braces two days ago and tried to eat spaghetti, it was horrible to have it stuck in the brackets! Think I will be blending and frappéing.

                                                                                                                1. re: Quanah1

                                                                                                                  I'm 66 and have braces on for a bit over a year. I eat everything but some easier than others. Not because of pain just cause it's a pain to pick some things out afterwards. For some reason, arugula is the worst. As far as pasta, cut it up, but you'll still get some stuck. And, hey, you're going to be so happy when you have a gorgeous smile and a nice bite :)

                                                                                                                  1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                    I had top only braces in my later years to strengthen the row and a water pick was my best friend.

                                                                                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                      Definitely! I bought one at Costco that has a second smaller one for travel. I will continue to use it after the braces are removed. And carry little plastic toothpicks in my bag.

                                                                                                          3. For anyone who needs to eat soft foods, the blender is your friend! I just had oral surgery last Friday and on Saturday, my SO grilled stuff chicken breasts. I threw on in the blender with some chicken broth, just to moisten, and pureed it. It tasted so good! I also had a hamburger from the blender and carrot raisin pineapple salad. Yes, it's like eating baby food but you can still eat nutritious foods and a variety.

                                                                                                            This is what they do in nursing homes and other facilities where people have difficulty swallowing or chewing so can't eat solid foods.

                                                                                                            1. Me too, i got them yesterday and wow do they hurt! take tylonel and jr. tylonlel it works next rise krispies and dough nuts! chewy foods do not hurt

                                                                                                              WARNING:
                                                                                                              sneezing hurts a lot hold your nose. ;-)

                                                                                                              1. Got braces today for my 40th birthday - supposed to be a "present" to myself. We'll see! My teeth don't hurt, but for some reason, I keep biting my lower lip with my top teeth every time I try to chew. So even though my teeth feel fine, I still need the soft/liquid diet! DANG! Has anyone else had this problem? I have wax on my lower teeth now to stop the braces from irritating my lip, but I still can't chew without biting my lip.

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                                                                                                                1. re: fsujeanniek

                                                                                                                  I've had my braces for almost 5 months now....and yes I was biting my lower lip when eating. My only recourse I found to make this better was to chew very slowly...I mean very slowly. This helped tremendously! I think your teeth and lips are adjusting to the braces and you just can't jump in and chew like you did pre-braces. I am doing much better now when chewing and haven't bit my lower lip for sometime now. And I'm not chewing as slowly as I was in the begining. So, hang in there fsujeanniek!

                                                                                                                  As far as the braces irritating your lip and using wax, this really helps. I've realized that when my braces start irritating the inside of my lips, my teeth are moving. I had just thought that when my braces stop irritating my lips....that was it! But not true; you will find that the braces will start to rub again. Just get out the wax and make one long roll, about 3" long, and apply to your braces. If needed, use Brace Relief or Anbesol and this will get you through. Just tell yourself when the inside of your lips start to get irritated again, the braces are working and I'm getting closer to the end results.

                                                                                                                  BTW, I hadn't mentioned this earlier, but I'm 52 years old! Anyone else out there older than me?

                                                                                                                  1. re: kwx212

                                                                                                                    I had mine on at age 48 and off just before turning 51. I'm 54 now and the "torture" was worth it, but was MUCH worse than when I had braces as a teenager in terms of pain and discomfort. I think as a teenager, we are all much more adaptable. I'm a periodontist and know all the theoretical issues with wearing braces, but the reality is something I can appreciate first hand now. I see tons of good recommendations for food etc. posted in this thread - good luck to all you braces wearing adults out there - hang in!

                                                                                                                  2. re: fsujeanniek

                                                                                                                    Just got braces yesterday at age 72, I needed them because I kept biting my lower lip. My bottom teeth had moved over time and had caused much pain and stress in eating. Now, my braces make it impossible to chew and to bite my lip, which is an unexpected positive effect. How can you chew with your braces on? I can't do it. I use wax to cushion the lip from the wires and that has prevented new injury to my lip. It has stopped hurting in 24 hours, after suffering several painful years of lip-biting. And, I'll end up with a beautiful smile.

                                                                                                                  3. I just got my braces a couple of days ago, and Slimfast is my new best friend. It tastes pretty good, and counts as a meal. It definitely fills me up. You can also freeze them and can open the bottom to eat it with a spoon. Just make sure you don't chew it, let it melt in your mouth. Just hang in there everyone. :)

                                                                                                                    1. Mashed, basically pureed, potatoes. Soft-scrambled eggs. Strong chicken or beef broth with noodles or rice. Custards, puddings and Jello with soft fruit. Maybe poached chicken if you can handle it. Soft-cooked noodles with butter, s&p. Soft toast with melted cheese. Smoothies; shakes and floats..mashed bananas with a little cream. Poached eggs.

                                                                                                                      1. Wow, I had no idea braces were quite so bad. This makes me feel much worse for kids that have them, even as I do acknowledge that those people I know who had them now have absolutely gorgeous teeth.

                                                                                                                        1. Well, my sister has braces, and I really love this because when ever she gets them tightened, we have Crème Brûlée and she would scrape of the chewy bit at the top. It's soft and cold and creamy.
                                                                                                                          You could also have oatmeal, yogurt, pudding, watermelon, melon, smoothies, ice cream, sponge cakes, and drinkable yogurt. I'm getting braces soon.

                                                                                                                          1. Okay, don't get mad at me now, but read on...
                                                                                                                            dinnerinabottle.com

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                                                                                                                            1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                              Okay, this definitely makes me think of the Jones Soda limited editions of the past few years, including the Turkey and Gravy flavors and the 5-pack Holiday Edition (http://www.jonessoda.com/files_4/limi...). I've never tried them, but.... who knows? There's nothing like thinking outside the box (or bottle).

                                                                                                                            2. Remember those days well, and just finished going through it with my daughters also. Weird hint I received that turned out to be a real help. Take one of these period relief pills instead of the pain reliever the doc recommends before each tightening, they discourage swelling (ask your doctor about this first, of course!). Be sure to drink plenty of water. One of my daughters and I loved warm things like a cup of beef broth or a bowl of chicken noodle soup with everything cooked pretty soft. One of my daughters couldn't stand anything hot and lived on jello, applesauce, ice cream, anything cold she didn't have to chew. Has your doc recommended one of these chewing gums that won't stick? We all found if we forced ourselves to slowly chew some gum, although it didn't feel that good, the slow motion helped the muscles relax and the pain was over sooner. Pudding and yogurt were also popular around tightening days.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: TexanGert

                                                                                                                                Wow- Midol to the rescue- who'd have thought? But it makes perfect sense.

                                                                                                                              2. Beer! Endless variety too.

                                                                                                                                1. Lmao. How can the people on these forums EAT all these things.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: Shenal

                                                                                                                                    Well, they're not all eaten at the same time. We'd explode if we did. ;-)

                                                                                                                                  2. homemade smoothies. use greek yogurt so you'll get more protein

                                                                                                                                    creamy soups (tomato basil, carrot, etc)

                                                                                                                                    oatmeal

                                                                                                                                    1. Bringing this thread back up because my husband is in mid-dental-work crisis and can't eat anything that takes much chewing - at least till his next appointment!

                                                                                                                                      Thanks for all the tips here! I recently made posole for the first time (http://occula.blogspot.com/2011/04/po...), and we had two hearty servings of leftovers in the freezer. I thawed them out, fished out the chicken pieces and made sure they were finely chopped and shredded, and added a little more broth and a ton of cooked egg noodles. Husband (and I) loved it and he said it was texturally awesome for his circumstances. Tonight I'm making an egg noodle based casserole and mashed potatoes.

                                                                                                                                      Man, I wish I could get braces. When I was a kid, my mother told me I'd have to get them when I was a grown-up and could pay for them myself. I'm in my 40s now and, since my insurance only pays for half of orthodontia, I see mom's point. *le sigh*

                                                                                                                                      Straight teeth are such a mark of Class in America. I have a poverty smile! :-)

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: occula

                                                                                                                                        Soup, soup, soup! I started with blended soups (homemade tomato bisque, black bean, pumpkin) and progressed to things like cream of mushroom, french onion, and thence, after much time, to hearty legume soups and potato soups with the potatoes cut into tiny spoon-size cubes. Scrambled eggs, cream of wheat or grits (I'm allergic to corn, so I eat cream of wheat as though it were grits), oatmeal if he can manage the little bits of oat.

                                                                                                                                        After a while I progressed to eating pasta but it took me about three months. I remember the first time I ate pizza after the braces went on. The guy I was seeing at the time cut it into 3/4" cubes for me and it was incredible. Tasted so good.

                                                                                                                                        Honestly, I should have had braces as a kid when a lot more could have been done orthodontically. I'm 35 and my teeth were so effed up that I had only one "working side" (which means I could only functionally chew on one side of my mouth) and I couldn't bite with my incisors because I had an open bite (teeth don't meet). I was getting to the point that without correction, my teeth were starting to show uneven wear, and I would have started having serious problems with them in the next ten or fifteen years. I have good, strong, healthy teeth, they just aren't well-aligned, and my parents were too cheap to get me the braces I really needed. (And yes, that's the reason. My mom doesn't believe in spending money on her children.)

                                                                                                                                        I don't have orthodontic insurance, so I did this entirely out of pocket, and my orthodontia is *expensive*. It's still worth it, and one of the best things I've ever done for myself.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Novel Device

                                                                                                                                          Bumping this thread up for my own reference. DH is about to lose the teeth that mother nature gave him, and I'm sure he won't be able to eat much for a few weeks! He's already on soft foods, and I'm running out of ideas for what to feed him that he won't have to chew. He doesn't like vegetable or creamy soups!

                                                                                                                                      2. Hey dude! Im turning 12 in a week and I just got braces too. My teeth are hurting really bad but the pain is slowly going away. I recommend: Jamba Juice, Smoothies, Soup, Grits, Oatmeal, make your own protein shake because with your teeth hurting, you probably don't have many food options so a protein shake would get you some good protein that meat (You probably can't eat right now) gets you, Ice cream, popsicles - they help keep your teeth cold so you should feel a little bit better, soft serve frozen yogurt, yogurt, or if you need to eat some real food try cutting it up into really small bites and see how you do with that. Good luck! :D

                                                                                                                                        1. While this mightn't help you, it might help others. I'm currently going through the pain since yesterday, and all I've had to eat:

                                                                                                                                          noodles (ready made chicken)
                                                                                                                                          muffin (break it up between your tongue and roof of mouth)
                                                                                                                                          Chocolate Fingers (sucked 'em and when they were mushy swallow gently)

                                                                                                                                          It just needs to be kind of soft, and you can suck it or break it down easy. Hope you have straight teeth now =)

                                                                                                                                          1. I just got my braces tightened today, and I feel your pain. This may sound weird, but think baby food! Here are some products that are good for hurting braces:
                                                                                                                                            -Gerber Baby foods (my favorites are banana and raspberry pear)
                                                                                                                                            - Gerber Graduates Arrowroot Cookies (dip in milk so they are mushy)
                                                                                                                                            - Gerber Graduates Lil' Crunchies Garden Tomato Cheese Puffs- Light and airy, don't require much chewing.
                                                                                                                                            - Campbell's Cream of Chicken/Mushroom soup (creamy and soothing.)
                                                                                                                                            Hope that helps! Oh, and peppermint/chamomile tea is also very soothing.

                                                                                                                                            1. I had my braces in my 30's, and I remember sharing applesauce and mashed potatoes in a restaurant with my friend's toddler. So I made every effort to be as "grown-up" as possible with my own cooking: mashed root vegetables moulded with spoons into a marquise shape and arranged over a drizzle of plain yogurt, cream soups (mostly vegetables pureed in their cooking water) with a spoonful of sour cream afloat, creamed spinach on toast served on the good china (and if you do it right, you can pretty much avoid getting any in your braces!), stewed apples with cinnamon and real whipped cream, soft-boiled eggs with fresh snipped herbs, pureed fruit in smoothies or frozen into sorbet then served in crystal stemware... The crystal didn't help with the pain but it did my psyche a world of good! When you're eating the equivalent of Gerber baby food (and you'd be amazed at what you can puree...), presentation is everything.

                                                                                                                                              1. I got braces yesterday and whilst they dont hurt the rest of the time, im finding it hard to chew on anything. Unfortunately, ive timed it all wrong and my kitchen is being renovated at the same time, leaving me just an electric grill to cook on for the next 6 weeks. To make matters worse, im in Chile and theres very little in terms of convenience food, no fresh soups just powdered ones which arent too nutritional. Dont think i can live for the next 6 weeks on yogurt alone, help!

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: little_bex

                                                                                                                                                  The pain for me lasted only about 3 days, so you won't have to suffer long. And don't worry. Yogurt is not the only option. You can try pudding, jello, soup etc. When you have just gotten braces, don't worry about "nutritional" things. All that matters now is comfort and letting your teeth adjust. Things that aren't too healthy are ok to eat for only a few days. NO HARD THINGS. Not that you'll want to be in pain, but just saying. Good luck!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: little_bex

                                                                                                                                                    If you Google "braces recipes" or "food for braces" or "soft foods" you should find resources and cookbooks that will help. You can also marinate chicken with a can of diced tomatoes or a soy sauce/lemon juice marinade that will help tenderize the meat before you grill it. Fruit smoothies with protein powder in them can help, too, and maybe you can find a way to cook a scrambled egg on a grill. Good luck.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Mac and cheese, and a Water Pic.

                                                                                                                                                    1. i just got my braces yesterday and they hurt like crazy, i havent been eating anything,mostly ICE CREAM but what are some suggestions of what to eat!

                                                                                                                                                      1. Haven't scanned the whole thread so these suggestions are almost certainly already listed upstream somewhere but I'll just plunge ahead anyway.

                                                                                                                                                        Yogurt with honey, maple syrup or fruit syrups like raspberry or blackberry is tasty, soothing and nourishing. Better for you than ice cream. Can be made into smoothies too, of course- bananas are nice and soft, especially when good and ripe. Better for you than milkshakes. The blender is your friend. You could do any number of nondairy smoothies too, but you'll probably want to avoid berries because of the seeds. A cucumber-melon smoothie can be heavenly.

                                                                                                                                                        Refried beans with crema or sour cream or melted cheese are one of the things that got me through a rough and painful time a few years back. If need be you can thin them with broth or mash them further for smooth texture. Mild cheddar, mozzarella, and Monterey jack all melt easily and come out relatively nice and soft. If you find even these are too firm (or too stringy), you could fall back on CheezWhiz or one of the premade cheese sauces in a jar. This combination also delivers a decent amount of protein.

                                                                                                                                                        And don't overlook soups, smooth ones of course, plus broth or bouillon. One disadvantage the refried beans and most soups share is that they're pretty salty. This doesn't apply if you make your own, of course. If you get inspired and have the time you might do vichysoisse; it's one of my hot weather favorites. Curried squash or pumpkin soup is mighty good too, hot or cold.

                                                                                                                                                        And then there's good old mashed potatoes. In this case the instant ones can be your friend; Idahoan is a good brand, quite tasty in fact and super easy. I have made them with butter and cream, with butter and a splash of Louisiana sauce, with condensed canned soups- cream of mushroom and cream of chicken worked well for me- and also with bouillon powder added, or the flavor packets from various kinds Ramen noodles. Sweet potatoes are more nutritious than regular potatoes and lend themselves well to mashing, as do various types of squash. You can do mashed sweets with brown sugar and a little liquid smoke, bacon salt, or chipotle. And roasted mashed butternut or acorn squash with molasses and perhaps a splash of bourbon.

                                                                                                                                                        Also be sure to get plenty of fluids, and regularly. Lots of water of course. Fruit juices (the purer the better; I went organic when I could). If you have a juicer, fresh carrot juice is an excellent tonic and can help to make up for a lack of fresh vegetables in your diet. If you don't have a juicer, it's well worth visiting a commercial juice place once a day, assuming there's one anywhere near you. And Knudsen's brand makes an organic juice blend called Very Veggie that's similar to V-8 but with a more pronounced green pepper element to it, not unlike a super smooth gazpacho. You could bring it even closer by spiking it with a little onion juice and hot sauce if you crave more flavor. I couldn't do this at first because the spiciness burned me where I'd had surgery, but you might find after a few days that you want to spice things up some.

                                                                                                                                                        Good luck. Hope your discomfort fades quickly.

                                                                                                                                                        1. I just got braces two days ago and I began to crave nachos. NACHOS! I went to a baseball game yesterday and I felt like every one around me was having nachos, let alone the person sitting next to me. Later in the day, I began to feel pain again. The feeling I got was like I had a huge popcorn curnle (the outside layer) stuck in the gum above every tooth! It was horrible. I had no clue what to eat. What made it harder was the fact that I'm hypoglycemic, which means I can't have sugar and i need to eat more often than the normal person. So I needed to eat yet I couldn't have anything sugary ad I needed something nutritional. I practically have been living off of yogurt and bananas. I did manage to have a Good Times hamburger yesterday!!! (YUM!!!). Any HEALTHY food suggestions? Thanks:)

                                                                                                                                                          1. Getting braces tomorrow morning does anybody have any ideas about what to eat? im planning and buying stuff ahead of time

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Lilydoglover7

                                                                                                                                                              Ummm....there are 105 comments prior to yours posted since Fall of 2006 that gives a lot of good information as to what to eat.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Lilydoglover7

                                                                                                                                                                I'm 66 and have had braces for almost a year. My only discomfort has been the 'rawness' of my inside lips. They have these little plastic strips that I used at night. It's a shorter list of what I can't or don't want to eat. Obviously ribs and corn on the cob but I can cut them off and eat them. Toast. I usually cut the crusts off. I can even deal with pizza if I cut it in relatively small pieces and placing farther back in my mouth. Salad is just a pain. More of the greens feel like they're in my mouth than my stomach. So 'salads' that are just made of the toppings work great. But honestly it's been pretty easy. I just went into rubberbands and they have to be removed before eating. I'm frequently sitting there with my first forkful poised in front of my mouth when I remember that I haven't removed them. It's been easier than I anticipated. BTW, you're going to be even more gorgeous :)
                                                                                                                                                                PS: Take ibuprofen before you go and then plan on taking a couple or more doses a day for the first few days.

                                                                                                                                                              2. When I had my braces, I always had a milkshake after getting them adjusted. It was all I could manage.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: tzurriz

                                                                                                                                                                  That so interesting. After about the first month, I felt no discomfort. And my orthodontist tells me that his adult patients usually whine more than the children :)

                                                                                                                                                                2. I appreciate this thread. I experienced a trauma 32 days ago, with broken teeth, bone, and mouth damage. Healing is painful and slow. Thanks for the soft food suggestions, hounds.
                                                                                                                                                                  Veg

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                    Ouch, sorry to hear that, Veggo.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks, Linda. I would like to be my usual obnoxious self by New Year's. It's uncertain but I'm optimistic. Again, thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                        YOW, that's a painfully slow healing time! :-(

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                            That's for the dental work too, isn't it? Not just healing?

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                                                                              The bone healing requires a lot of time and patience and there are no guarantees. I'm adjusting. It's a substantial change from the usual day-to-day, impossible to ignore pretty much every moment awake.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah, but the healing won't always be painful. Good luck.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                                  Sorry to hear, Veggo! I was going to suggest a whole array of Indian foods like daal, khichadi, sabjis with veggies cooked to oblivion.. but I don't know if you're up for all that cooking. A pressure cooker would help. Let me know if you'd like recipes. Hope you recover fast and well!

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sweetTooth

                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks. All that cooking is over my head, but I recently found a good Indian restaurant with a nice buffet of things I can eat, Tandoor in Sarasota (Lakewood Ranch, actually).

                                                                                                                                                                    2. You can also try:
                                                                                                                                                                      Apple sauce
                                                                                                                                                                      Soup
                                                                                                                                                                      Ice cream
                                                                                                                                                                      It might sound wierd but baby food
                                                                                                                                                                      Pudding
                                                                                                                                                                      Jell-o or jelly
                                                                                                                                                                      Porridge
                                                                                                                                                                      Oat meal
                                                                                                                                                                      Puree foods
                                                                                                                                                                      Mashed potatoes
                                                                                                                                                                      Eggs hard boiled or scrambled sunny side up is a bit to ruff
                                                                                                                                                                      Rasberries
                                                                                                                                                                      Strawberries
                                                                                                                                                                      Blackberries
                                                                                                                                                                      Steamed veggies
                                                                                                                                                                      Soft cookies
                                                                                                                                                                      Muffins
                                                                                                                                                                      A popcicle to cool off your teeth and it will help a lot to eat cold foods with braces because the wire you have in your mouth or for anyone with braces is a thermal wire so the more hot foods you eat the faster your wire will start moving your teeth so if you eat cold foods ice cream, pocicles ect. It will slow down the process.
                                                                                                                                                                      Hope this helped!
                                                                                                                                                                      Tiby12435

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Tiby12435

                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks. My trauma was 8 months ago, but corn on the cob or a NY strip steak are somewhere in the future.
                                                                                                                                                                        I eat a lot of muffins.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Tiby12435

                                                                                                                                                                          Great recs for the very, very beginning. I spent 16 months in braces and could eat anything. Some things I just had to place in/on/between the back teeth. My first dinner, post braces, was however lamb ribs!

                                                                                                                                                                        2. smoothies and puréed clam chowder

                                                                                                                                                                          1. I definitely agree with the apple sauce. I just got braces and I've been eating apple sauce and ice cream. I also made an easy peanut butter mousse (since I'm a peanut butter addict). Milkshakes are good, and mashed potatoes if you're really hungry.
                                                                                                                                                                            Hope this helps and I hope it gets better.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Applesauce, yogurt, pudding, ice cream, mashed potatoes, refried beans, peanut butter, ripe bananas, milkshakes, smoothies, soup!