Conventional braces do wonders for crowded and crooked smiles, but patient compliance is mandatory if you want your perfect teeth ready in time.
A main difference between orthodontic treatment with braces and clear aligners is the role of the patient. Metal braces do their job without you having to do much about it; they sit in your mouth, and that’s it.
With clear aligners, you have to make sure you are wearing them the right amount of time per day. And it’s easy to forget to put them back immediately after eating or brushing. Not to mention how common it is to lose them.
Braces need a different type of compliance, though equally important. The famous dietary restrictions fall into this category. As a patient, you benefit from food restrictions because some of them help during the first discomfort days. And, obviously, you benefit from following the treatment plan.
Food limitations for patients with braces are not that bad. You only have to avoid a few selected foods; in some cases, the excess is what causes harm. This includes sweet foods, sticky foods, and hard foods.
Keep reading to know what your options are.
Since the origin of dietary restrictions are your teeth, soft foods are the safest shot. With soft dishes, you can forget about orthodontic emergencies, loose brackets or wires, and also pain after adjustments.
The critical times are the first days after the installation and after your biweekly visits to the orthodontist. During the rest of the time, you will be able to chew more normally, so don’t worry if you are not a big fan of soups and puree.
But don’t underestimate the power of vegetable creams and mashed potatoes; you would be surprised at how tasty they can be. Here we list a few examples.
Pasta is delicious and versatile. The best part about it is that it is soft, but you won’t feel like you are eating hospital food. There are plenty of pasta dishes so you won’t get bored.
Babies are not the only ones who can enjoy eating puree. You can create and mix delicious recipes with mashed veggies. Sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and carrots make great purees if you are tired of potatoes. You can add orange juice and/or ginger to the mix for more flavor.
Beef, pork, or chicken in this presentation are easy to chew and perfect for a diet high in proteins. You can combine them with pasta or greens and have a complete meal.
What About Desserts for Orthodontic Patients?
Your orthodontist has probably warned you about the dangers of eating too much sugar. Again, the problem is in the excess. But anyways, you don’t need sugar to have a mouth-watering dessert. Jello can be fun, yummy, and healthy.
Can Patients Eat Delicious Foods and Yummy Recipes During Braces Treatment?
This is like vegan or healthy food. It can be tasty and good for you. You don’t have to eat poorly just because now you wear metal braces.
You just need to find the ingredients you like and create appetizing recipes out of them. The list of restrictions is limited compared to the list of foods you can eat. Only the ones we listed above are the base for a hundred recipes each.
Cooking is an art, and inspiration is a must. You can eat different recipes every month and every day, you are feeling discomfort in your teeth.
Soft Food and Yummy Recipes
Yummy Soups and Vegetable Creams
A tasty and nutritive option is this recipe of ham and potato soup. One thing about soups is they are super easy to prepare. You will need chicken broth, ham, potatoes, salt, pepper, celery, butter, flour, and milk. Only twenty minutes of prep!
If you are one of (us!) those who need big portions of food to feel fed, minestrone soup is for you. This is a powerful recipe including pasta or rice, lots of veggies, and legumes!
Gourmet Pasta Recipes to Eat With Braces
You can eat gourmet with your orthodontic brackets on. Pasta and shellfish make a perfect combination, and this friendly shrimp recipe is up to your expectations. Cherry tomatoes, garlic, lemon, basil, shrimp, lobster demi-glace, and squid ink linguine. The prep takes a little time, but it’s worth it.
Spicy pasta with soft cheese (mascarpone), even the name sounds delicious! Find the recipe here. You only need seven ingredients to create this dish. Two types of cheese, fusilli pasta, and Calabrian chile, are the stars.
Pie You Can Eat With Braces
When we recommend jello for dessert, we don’t mean regular jello (though it’s great). You can eat a jello pie, soft, tasty, and no-bake! We suggest you use sugar-free ingredients to make it more healthy. And it’s best if you make your own crust, so you get a softer texture. The best part about this pie is that it’s cold, like ice cream.
These are only examples; there is so much more you can eat safely. Chicken salad, Greek yogurt, steamed vegetables, and more. Braces-Friendly treats are almost infinite!
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