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What are the best foods to start with when a child has just received an orthodontic appliance?

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Dr. David Ostreicher
Dentistry - Orthodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Soft foods

For the first few days after orthodontic appliances are placed, you may want to concentrate on softer foods: pasta, rice, potatoes etc.
No chewing gum, gummy bears, candy apples and things like that. After a few days, you may resume a more normal diet...But use good table mannors. Cut food such as steaks into small pieces.

In brief: Soft foods

For the first few days after orthodontic appliances are placed, you may want to concentrate on softer foods: pasta, rice, potatoes etc.
No chewing gum, gummy bears, candy apples and things like that. After a few days, you may resume a more normal diet...But use good table mannors. Cut food such as steaks into small pieces.
Dr. David Ostreicher
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Dr. Louis Sterling
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Soft

Initially a soft diet is best.
Teeth are frequently sore when orthodontic appliances are placed and forces are placed on the teeth. Avoid hard, tacky, sticky and chewy foods and snacks.

In brief: Soft

Initially a soft diet is best.
Teeth are frequently sore when orthodontic appliances are placed and forces are placed on the teeth. Avoid hard, tacky, sticky and chewy foods and snacks.
Dr. Louis Sterling
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Dr. Jay Kansal
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Soft foods

You childs teeth will be sore, so anything that your child will have to chew less and not bite down hard on is better. Soft foods such as pb&j sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, soup, etc, are all good foods to start off with.

In brief: Soft foods

You childs teeth will be sore, so anything that your child will have to chew less and not bite down hard on is better. Soft foods such as pb&j sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, soup, etc, are all good foods to start off with.
Dr. Jay Kansal
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Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Soft

If there is some discomfort from braces, then a softer diet is recommended.
Soups, jello, softer sandwiches and other foods that don't require lots of repetitive chewing or that are hard or sticky. As your orthodontic specialist for a list of food restrictions.

In brief: Soft

If there is some discomfort from braces, then a softer diet is recommended.
Soups, jello, softer sandwiches and other foods that don't require lots of repetitive chewing or that are hard or sticky. As your orthodontic specialist for a list of food restrictions.
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Protein

Soft high protein diet (i.
e.: hamburger instead of steak). Soft foods, because teeth will be sore for a while. High protein to provide the body with the building blocks it needs to reshape the bone and gums around the teeth. And while braces are on avoid hard, sticky, chewy foods so as not to damage braces (slows down progress).

In brief: Protein

Soft high protein diet (i.
e.: hamburger instead of steak). Soft foods, because teeth will be sore for a while. High protein to provide the body with the building blocks it needs to reshape the bone and gums around the teeth. And while braces are on avoid hard, sticky, chewy foods so as not to damage braces (slows down progress).
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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In brief: Soft foods

Teeth can ache after having an orthodontic appliance placed, making hard foods especially painful to chew.
Soft, easy to consume foods or soups are more comfortable to eat.

In brief: Soft foods

Teeth can ache after having an orthodontic appliance placed, making hard foods especially painful to chew.
Soft, easy to consume foods or soups are more comfortable to eat.
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
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