Life for kids with braces can seem stressful at first. There is so much to worry about after all. With this new hunk of metal in their mouths, children often ask:
- What foods can I eat?
- Why does my mouth feel sore all the time?
- My teeth feel loose; what should I do?
- Can I still play sports?
Luckily, CT Pediatric Dentistry has the answers to these questions! Read on to find out what they are.
Eating With Braces: What You Can and Can’t Eat
If you’ve got friends with braces, then you’ve probably heard that there are certain foods you should avoid eating. Well, you heard right. Certain foods,like bagels, popcorn, and nuts are either hard or require lots of chewing. Simply put, hard / chewy foods and braces just don’t mix. Why? Hard foods can damage your new digs, and chewy foods can get stuck, and that’s never a fun time.
So what exactly can’t you eat? Allow us to break it down for you…
Foods to Avoid With Braces
- Chewing Gum
- Caramel chews and other chewy candies
- Hard Candies
- “Hard” fruits and veggies, like apples and carrots
This isn’t an all-inclusive list, by the way. If you’re unsure if something is safe to eat, just ask yourself if it’s hard, chewy, or sticky. If it fits into one of those categories, then it’s probably best to put it aside.
Foods You Can Eat With Braces
- Dairy- soft cheese, pudding, and yogourt
- Bread – Soft tortillas and pancakes
- Pasta and rice
- Meat – Soft chicken, meatloaf, and deli meat
- Seafood – tuna and salmon
- Veggies – Steamed spinach
- Desserts – ice cream without nuts, and milkshake
Now that you know what foods are acceptable, let’s address some of the other burning questions.
My Mouth Is Sore. Is This Normal?
Yes, it is. It’s perfectly normal for your mouth and/or teeth to feel tender or sore when you first get your braces. Don’t worry, the pain should subside in a week or two. To speed this up, you can gurgle a solution of salt and lukewarm water around in your mouth for a few minutes. Be sure not to swallow it, though. If this pain persists for more than 3 weeks, consult your pediatric dentist.
My Teeth Feel Loose. Will They Fall Out?
No, they’ll be fine! Your braces are just getting used to your mouth. They do this by loosening your teeth. This helps your braces move your teeth into the right position.
My Wires and Bands Feel Loose. What Should I Do?
Make an appointment with your pediatric dentist. For a quick, temporary fix, use the back of a spoon to carefully push the wire back into place. If this is causing you pain, put a wet cotton ball over the broken wire. This will give you some relief.
I’m an Athlete. Can I Still Play Sports?
Yes! Just be sure to wear a mouth guard. Doing so will ensure that your braces–and your teeth–are protected while you play.
If you have any other questions about living with braces, feel free to call, or schedule a formal appointment.