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  1. byrd1956

    byrd1956 Senior Member Gold Member

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    Well, DH just got his braces today....oh my gosh....how will I live through the next 2 years? Fixed mac & cheese in the blender for him. So much complaining....how will he eat??? etc...... what is is about guys? Anyway, if anyone has been through this I would love some advice on what foods to fix. I don't look forward to cleaning my blender everyday and I think we'll get tired of mashed potatoes. Thanks for everyone's help.
     
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  2. cwinter474

    cwinter474 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    In a few days, he'll be fine. My daughter has been down the braces and retainers for the past 8yrs. We just had are check up today, don't have to go back for 1yr and she only has to year them at night.

    I would try and avoid thing that require alot of chewing until the tenderness has gone. We did alot of pasta meals and soups. Steaks and breads will be out for a few weeks.

    Hang in there. Good luck!

    Carol
     
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  3. PamperedChefLayla

    PamperedChefLayla Member Gold Member

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    I got braces as an adult and loved it. I am not sure about your DH but when I 1st got them on the wires were not in so I could get used to them being on. That wax they give wass my best friend :) I did not change any of my eating habits...except when I got them tightened and they put the chains (flexible rubbery things stretched across the brackets) on. Sometimes my mouth would hurt so bad I could barely brush my teeth. But if he starts taking Tylenol or Motrin a day or so before visiting the ortho he should be ok
     
  4. chefcharity

    chefcharity Advanced Member

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    I had braces for 3 years and my first night my mom made steak!!!!

    Anyhow, back to your husband. The pain will only last usually the day they are tightened, maybe the next day. Tylenol was my friend. Also, if the wires rub on his cheeks there is a wax that he can put them to protect his mouth. You can find it at walmart or a drug store.

    Good luck!
     
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  5. chef131doreen

    chef131doreen Veteran Member Gold Member

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    At least guys don't have to have babys ........

    I feel your pain my 14 year old son is on faze 2 of having them on . All of that pain will go away soon , give him ADVIL .Soon he will eat other stuff but be carfull they brake easy ....... At least he can drive himself to the dentist , I have to take my son every time they brake
    good luck
     
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  6. Kitchen Diva

    Kitchen Diva Legend Member Gold Member

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    Ditto to what Layla said! The wax is a lifesaver,as is Advil or Tylenol the day before an adjustment... his teeth will feel better in a few days and I didnt' change my eating habits, either. Well, I did stay away from taffy. :)
     
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  7. Gina M

    Gina M Veteran Member Gold Member

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    He'll do fine once he's used to them (or he should!) - my son was 8 years old when he started orthodontic treatment - has had 2 upper palette expanders - multiple baby teeth pulled - and is on his 3rd (and hopefully last) time with braces (a full set for the last 1 1/2 yrs) - he is nearly 15 years old and has had all this for almost 7 years! He does great with them - realizes what he can and can't eat and adjusted just fine. He's never broken a bracket and is a model patient. We can't wait to see his straight pearly whites again!!
     
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  8. cwinter474

    cwinter474 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Your son and my daughter sound like one and the same, Gina. Her teeth are perfect! When she got them off, she smiled all the time and it took us awhile to get used to her not having them. I'm sure he will look amazing!
     
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  9. Gina M

    Gina M Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I'll be happy when he has a school picture that actually shows off his teeth - hopefully next year!
     
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  10. pcsharon1

    pcsharon1 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I have never had braces but my understanding is that cold foods help with the pain on the days they are tightened. Things like yogurt, pudding, apple sauce and ice cream may help. And they will help fill him up so he doesn't feel like he's missing out on food.
     
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  11. byrd1956

    byrd1956 Senior Member Gold Member

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    Braces update....for anyone listening.... I'm still blending.... spaghettiO's turn into thick tomato soup.......how about a baked potato, broccoli & cheese, ham, butter and sour cream??? He ate it, but it sure looked bad!
     
    Aug 21, 2009
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  12. Melissa78

    Melissa78 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I had braces on TWICE, yes twice. *ugh* Plus several other 'contraptions'. First few days of getting braces on were tough however going forward, as listed above, I HIGHLY recommend advil (I always take 4 at a pop that way its pharmacuetical strength) BEFORE the appt. My appts were always in the afternoon so I started in the morning (say 7-8am) then another dose at about noon-1ish. Then keep at the advil thru at least 24hours and he won't have any issues. Sure he will have more discomfort during rubberband times and what bothered me the most was coils. They look like a spring that you find inside of a pen and they twist them on inbetween brackets and it pushes your teeth more. I always went home and laid down with my head on a pillow, usually at something like sketty-o's for dinner and made out fine. I had mine on for 4yrs, I feel like the Orthodontic expert. Tell him to suck it up. :D hehe
     
    Aug 21, 2009
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  13. chefjeanine

    chefjeanine Legacy Member Gold Member

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    He so needs to buck up! :rolleyes:

    I suspect anyone on here who is my age (40+) and had braces as a kid can tell you that our braces were bigger, badder and uglier than anything being put into most mouths today. I wore braces for 3 years (and not those cute little "stick on" kind). The day after a tightening, my best food friend was creamy peanut butter and squishy bread. Take some Aleve or Advil. Please, stop “blending” his food for him. He’s a grown man who can either mush up his own food or find things that he can comfortably eat.
     
    Aug 22, 2009
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  14. cwinter474

    cwinter474 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    After Braces -
     

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  15. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

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    Braces are better than no teeth at all.

    When I was going through radiation and most everything tasted like aluminum foil :yuck: my nephew came up with a recipe for fruit smoothies. I survived on them, and still like to have one daily.

    The basic recipe is...

    1 cup milk
    1/2 cup orange juice
    6 large strawberries
    1 banana
    1 Tbs honey
    3 ice cubes (for chilling)

    Place all ingredients in the blender and puree until smooth.

    Variations:

    I use a full cup of orange juice these days, although back in the day, citric acid was more like battery acid. Now I replace the strawberries with any number of interesting fruits - blueberries, raspberries, a peach, a couple of plums...whatever he likes. A banana is a part of every smoothie - it's good for circulation.

    When fresh berries aren't available, I just use frozen strawberries, in fact, sometimes when strawberries are in season, the frozen ones are cheaper, and since I'm obliterating them anyway, what's the difference?
     
  16. Kitchen Diva

    Kitchen Diva Legend Member Gold Member

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    Robyn,

    I had to laugh at the mention of blended spaghetti-o's because those are the softest food on earth practically. :)
    I agree, his mouth is tender, anyone who has had braces and retainers can attest. I had braces twice, and had permanent retainers until I was 24. A week before my wedding I BEGGED my dentist to take the last permanent retainer OUT because I was getting married for crying out loud. He did. :)

    Your hubby needs some Advil, and maybe some cold drinks to sooth some of the discomfort. I've never have to blend my food, even after I was hit by a car and my braces saved 3 teeth from falling out- I still ate regular food, I just avoided chewing on that side.

    You have the patience of a saint. I would have kindly told DH to suck it up- it's not like it was a major surgery- they are braces. So bless you for your willing ness to continue to blend his spaghetti-o's.
     
    Aug 22, 2009
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  17. Kitchen Diva

    Kitchen Diva Legend Member Gold Member

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    That sounds yummy, and I shall make one for breakfast! :)
     
    Aug 22, 2009
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  18. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

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    With all that fruit, they taste good and become a regular thing.
     
  19. byrd1956

    byrd1956 Senior Member Gold Member

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    The fruit smoothie sounds great! I think we will both love it:love:
    I just learned today that his side teeth do not even touch right now....that is why he cannot chew. He says he can tell 3 of his front teeth have moved already, so I am hoping the others start soon. Scrambled eggs were fine and tonight blended meatloaf & mashed potatoes:yuck:. Kacy, thanks for thinking I have the patience of a saint....not so, but after I learned that hes teeth are not even close to touching I may be more understanding.......
     
    Aug 22, 2009
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  20. BlessedWifeMommy

    BlessedWifeMommy Veteran Member

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    I've always heard that adult teeth are more set in their positions, and thus it is harder to get braces as an adult. Also it takes longer for the correction.

    Hope it starts to feel better soon.
     
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