Softer foods are the best choice of foods to eat when you first get braces or Invisalign because your teeth will be sore from the initial pressure and movement caused by the treatment. I have a list below of the top ten things to eat when you first get your braces:
- Smoothies, milkshakes or ice cream
You deserve a treat after making a responsible and smart decision like starting your braces or Invisalign and getting your beautiful smile. Nothing says reward like a delicious cold treat such as a smoothie, milkshake or some delicious ice cream. In addition to being absolutely delicious, they do not require chewing which is great considering your teeth are probably sore and the cold sensation on your teeth can often time be therapeutic and soothing. Just make sure not to get too carried away with toppings that can potentially mess up your braces such as caramels, nuts or sticky chewy candy.
- Pasta or rice dishes.
There is nothing quite like comfort food when you want to feel good inside. Since your teeth are probably sore you may want to eat foods that are comforting but yet still easy to chew. A few of our favorite suggestions to our pasta lovers is to have a delicious carb filled meal to celebrate their new braces or Invisalign such as Mac and cheese, spaghetti Bolognese, lobster or cheese ravioli or a fettuccini alfredo. For our rice lovers, try a comforting bowl of arroz con pollo, chicken fricassee, Cajun-style red beans, and rice or a warm risotto. The possibilities are endless but keep in mind to make sure that the food is soft so if you are going to have proteins make sure that they do not require much chewing or it may be a bit painful.
- Soups or stews.
Soups or stews are another favorite meal after starting braces or Invisalign as they are comforting and very easy to chew. A few of our favorite recommendations are tomato soup, lentil soup or pumpkin soup. If you are looking for something heartier try a chicken soup or a chili. Just keep in mind that you want to have softer foods so don’t get a soup with big chunks of beef or chicken that is hard to chew.