Knowing you must wear braces for one or two years sometimes is not something you planned. However, in some cases, patients are thrilled to know they will get a beautiful smile after this long journey and are willing to endure the process.
But, in some other cases, patients might consider orthodontic treatment a sacrifice. Everett Orthodontic treatment is all about “compliance” from patients. In fact, it isn’t an exaggeration to say they do 90% of the job. Why? Here we have some of the things patients must do during orthodontic treatment:
- Attend periodic visits for wire adjustments;
- Bear the discomfort in the jaws after adjustments;
- Have extra care for the appliances and avoid or have extra care doing contact sports;
- Having a foreign object in the mouth is something that sometimes makes patients feel self-conscious;
- Practice enhanced dental hygiene habits and;
- Refraining from eating many foods they love.
The rewards of orthodontic treatment are extraordinary, but we might sometimes feel tempted to eat some foods crossed from the orthodontist list. But it hasn’t to be like that; patients can make delicious dishes and enjoy eating healthy foods they can chew without a problem.
We invite you to say yes to some delicious recipes you can make at home or enjoy at a restaurant without sacrificing taste during orthodontic treatment in Everett.
What Can I Eat After Getting Braces Tightened?
Make a general list of foods patients can eat after getting Everett braces for the first time and after braces adjustments.
At first, we recommend that patients try a soft food diet right after they get their braces installed and after adjustments. Take a look at this list in which we singled out foods you can later mix during cooking and make ideal foods, and who knows, they might become your favorite recipes and not only braces-friendly meals.
- Scrambled eggs;
- Yogurt, Greek Yogurt;
- Ice cream;
- Mashed potatoes;
- Almond milk, coconut milk;
- Cooked (softened) vegetables;
- Soft Cheeses;
- Soft Pancakes;
- Soft Meatballs or minced meat;
- Shredded chicken;
- Creamy or moist desserts sweetened with non-sugary products.
Soft Food Recipes
So far, we have a good list of products you can eat easily those days after you have your braces tightened. However, they don’t taste as good as if served on a well-prepared plate with all the goodies. So, we have a short list of dishes you can make to make your dinner a complete delight.
Pasta e Fagioli
Use a large pot to boil water with a bit of salt. Add Fagioli pasta to a cooking point following the instructions in the package. Once you have cooked the pasta, drain it and place it aside.
In a different recipient that could be a stockpot, heat one tablespoon of olive oil at medium heat, then add Italian sausage, cooking it until it gets brown, crumbling it. Once finished, drain the excess fat, and set aside.
Dice three carrots and two celery. Using a stockpot, add one tablespoon of olive oil and three cloves of garlic, mix them, and then add the carrots and celery, cooking them for four minutes until they get tender.
Once your mix gets consistent, whisk three cups of chicken broth, add a can of sixteen ounces of tomato sauce, a can of fifteen ounces of diced tomatoes, one teaspoon of dried basil, oregano, and three-fourths of a teaspoon of dried thyme.
Now, add the Italian Sausage you previously browned with a cup of water. Then, taste your recipe, adding salt and pepper as you like, boil it, and then reduce the heat, letting it cook for fifteen minutes.
Finally, dry and rinse a fifteen-ounce red kidney and Great Northern Beans cans. Add the pasta and stir the mix; it will be ready to serve. Now is the time to enjoy your delicious meal.
Chilli Mac and Cheese
Use a large skillet pan and add a tablespoon of olive oil. At medium heat, mix two cloves of minced garlic and a diced onion until it gives off a delicious smell, then add eight ounces of ground beef, crumble, and cook it for five minutes, then drain excess fat.
In the same skillet, stir four cups of chicken broth, adding a fifteen-ounce can of diced tomatoes, three-fourths of a can of white kidney, and kidney beans, respectively (previously drained and rinsed), add a teaspoon of chili powder, and one and a half teaspoon of cumin, mixing everything scattering salt and black pepper as you wish.
Bring the mix to a simmer. Next, add pasta, boil it covered, and reduce the heat, waiting for it to cook for fifteen minutes. Next, remove the skillet from heat, top three-fourths of a cup of shredded cheddar cheese, and cover it for two minutes until it melts. Serve on a soup plate, garnishing parsley as wished.
A Simple Breakfast
Cut two slices of bacon in small parts and crips them in a skillet for two minutes. Mix a couple of eggs with a beater, add the crispy bacon and half a cup of hash brown potatoes. Pour in the mix in a pan and cook it. Serve the eggs with a soft buttered piece of bread and a glass of juice.
The Wait Brings With It a Well-Deserved Reward in Your Smile
Enduring an orthodontic treatment is a process that shows a commitment to having a better and healthier version of yourself and of what you deserve it. At Silver Lake Orthodontics, we are committed to making this journey bearable. So, schedule an appointment and see for yourself how a beautiful smile can make a tremendous change in your daily routine.