Because I Said So: Top Ten Braces Friendly Foods
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Top Ten Braces Friendly Foods

I just got braces and am paying for it dearly. My mouth is going on day 6 of hurting, but it IS getting better. Here are my top ten favorite foods to get you through those first few days/weeks.

Disclaimer: If you don't like descriptions of food, you probably shouldn't read any further.

1. Macaroni and Cheese. The noodles are easy to mash against the roof of your mouth or swallow whole. Plus it's macaroni--let's be real people.

2. Soup. Tomato and Chicken Noodle are my favorites. I tried Potato soup, but I'd recommend going without the cheese and bacon because those hurt going down if you don't chew them. 

3. Yogurt/GoGurt. GoGurt is way more fun than regular yogurt, but it's really a preference.

4. Applesauce. A childhood classic. It's best when refrigerated.

5. Baby food. Yes, I really did try this and no, it's really not that gross. If your feeling really adventurous, try the fruit varieties. Stay with me on this one, I promise I'm not weird. Sometimes, a girls got to do what a girls got to do. 

6. Raviolis. Easy to mash against the roof of your mouth and if you're getting tired of the fruit flavored things, this is a good lunch option.

7. Ramen. Be careful with the long noodles. You will likely think you can mash/swallow more than you really can and may or may not almost choke. Also the noodles get all wrapped around the brackets and it isn't pretty. Don't eat in public.

8. Jello. Another staple. Easy to get down and a variety of flavors.

9. Mashed Potatoes and Gravy. And cue the angel chorus. My most favorite food. I had it for lunch today since I couldn't eat what was being served (poboys). When in doubt, eat mashed potatoes and gravy.

10. Milkshakes/Smoothies. For me, sucking through a straw with my front teeth has been a struggle (those are the most sore) so TIP: suck it through the side of your mouth. Way easier and no pain. I usually get smoothies in the morning for breakfast and milkshakes as a treat.

All of these are great foods to eat when your mouth is sore, but there are some foods you shouldn't eat (mostly because they are annoying).

P.S. I just got my braces off! Click here to read why it's literally the BEST THING EVER!

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  1. I love Go-Gurt!! And I'm surprised about the baby food. I always assumed it was awful!

  2. Oh man! I wish I had this list when I had braces! What a great idea to share! :)

  3. Hmm..wish I remembered what I ate with braces. I think I ate the same as I always did except I couldn't bite into apples, bagels and things like that.

  4. Yikes - sorry your still in pain but it does get better!! Mac & Cheese is amazing braces or not!! YUM!! Just stay away from popcorn!!

    1. My othidontist said I can have popcorn 😃

  5. oh man im sorry your mouth hurts going on day 6 no fun at all. i hope the pain goes away for you soon!

  6. My younger sister just got braces for the second time and she lives off mashed potatoes and green beans every time they tighten them. The pain will go away soon though! And just keep reminding yourself how pretty your teeth will look when it's all over

  7. I had braces and should have actually kept them on for a bit longer, but I was eager to get them off before graduation. I will say that eating gets so so much easier! After about a month you wont have any food issues really, after I got mine off I felt really sad haha.

  8. ahhh good luck! I don't miss those days at all! after a bit your teeth will start to feel better :)

  9. I hope you're doing much better now, three months later. Your list is great. If you'd like some more ideas, head over to the site my daughter and I created when we came up with The Braces Cookbook: We'd love to know what you think about our recipes, tips and feel-better hints.

  10. Oatmeal and scrambled eggs are really easy to eat, don't get stuck, and fill you for a few hours. They've been my go-to for breakfast. I usually have soup for lunch. Campbell's Chicken & Dumpling is really filling, and it's easy to "mush" the dumplings and little pieces of chicken.