Soft Foods to Eat After Braces

With each orthodontic appointment, you get closer and closer to your dream smile. These adjustment appointments put your teeth on track for better alignment, but occasionally your teeth may be a little sore. Having sore teeth can make it difficult to eat your go-to meals, so use this opportunity to try out some yummy new soft food recipes. Here are some meal ideas to inspire your palate.

Smoothies Or Juice
Smoothies are packed with lots of vitamin power in one convenient liquid. Start your smoothie off with your green veggie of choice. Green smoothies often feature kale, spinach, swiss chard or other greens. Add frozen or fresh fruit like strawberries, bananas, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries to sweeten up your cup. You can also add soy milk or almond milk, chia seeds or flax seed for extra health benefits. An orange, apple or pear can add some good flavors as well.

Soups
A warm and hearty soup will feel good on your sore gums. Soups are incredibly versatile to cook, and it is heavenly to dip bread in to soak up all the good flavors. Creamy potato soup, classic minestrone, spicy pumpkin soup, and tomato soup will soothe your teeth and curb your appetite.

Mashed Foods
There are plenty of delicious recipes that feature silky smooth vegetables and fruits, and often these recipes are very quick and simple. You can chop up an avocado and add salt and lime for a quick and healthy raw snack or mash up a banana for a pudding-like treat. Yogurt, apple sauce, yogurt, cottage cheese and oatmeal make great options for sore teeth. Rice, quinoa and couscous are also popular sides to add to any meal.

Remember that while in orthodontic treatment your teeth will only be sore for a short time. Keep up your good oral health habits throughout your treatment to make sure your smile is flawless when your braces come off. Brush and floss daily, and schedule regular dental cleanings. Drink lots of water, and avoid soda whenever you can.

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