Your mouth can feel a little sore and tender when you first get wires attached or after the first couple times they get adjusted. Experiment with these soft foods to keep your tummy full without the need for much chewing.
1. Pizza Soup
When you’re craving pizza, make this soup instead. Blend thoroughly if chewing simply isn’t an option.
Find lots of smoothie recipes here.
Creamy, smooth, and delicious yogurt is a favorite soft food. Buy commercial or make your own—it’s easy! Find the recipe here.
4. Mashed Potatoes
Mash boiled potatoes and mix with butter, salt, pepper, and sour cream. Try adding boiled, mashed cauliflower, carrots, or parsnips for added flavor.
Dress up canned applesauce with a dash of cinnamon or simmer your own fragrant applesauce on the stove in about 15 minutes. Find a recipe here.
Refreshing ice-cold popsicles quickly numb sore gums. Puree fruit and pour into popsicle molds before placing in the freezer for three or four hours. Alternatively, use fruit juice; and soda makes fun, fizzy popsicles.
7. Scrambled Eggs
The protein in scrambled eggs will satisfy your appetite with each fluffy forkful. Try this recipe that calls for milk, Monterey Jack (or other hard cheese), and cream cheese.
8. Baby Food Peaches
A jar of pureed peaches is fantastic at any age.
9. Bone Broth
When you’re sick of sweet foods, a mug of meaty bone broth hits the spot. Find out what makes bone broth so good for you and how to make it here.
10. Roasted Winter Squash
Hearty winter squashes like acorn, butternut, and banana squash are phenomenal roasted and mashed. Mix with butter, salt, and pepper, and add a little brown sugar or a pinch of nutmeg for a finishing touch.
11. Meal Replacement Shakes
Pick up a few meal replacement shakes by brands such as Ensure, Slim Fast, or Carnation.
12. Canned Chili
Canned chili is soft, and you can dress it up with some cheese, sautéed green pepper and onions, and spices like cumin, chili powder, and garlic.
13. Savory Custard with Cheese
Find the recipe here.
14. Ice Cream
Like popsicles, ice cream numbs sore mouths with each creamy spoonful.
15. Mushy Peas
Feeling British? Use frozen peas to mix up a batch of this British-style favorite. Get the recipe here.
Dunn Orthodontics has over 10 years of experience with all things braces. If you have any orthodontic concerns, please check out one of our three offices conveniently located in the Phoenix area: Litchfield Park, Phoenix, and Arcadia. We offer complimentary consultations for new patients.