So – it’s day 8. Apparently (according to the lovely letter I had from Lincoln Orthodontic Centre this morning) the worst is over. Hmmmm. Guess it depends where you sit on the issue of eating. Every day for me is a new revelation and today I would like to share with you the foods/drinks that are best eaten in private or in public!
- Soup (as long as it’s smooth and has no discernible ‘bits’ in it)
- Jacket potato with hummus
- Yogurt (seriously – hurrah for yogurts, they’re the winners of all brace wearing eaters!)
- Ice-cream (if on a cone remember to lick it because you sure can’t bite into it – yeowch!)
- Carton drinks (huzzah for straws!)
- Oranges (you think you’re getting away with it then you wind up with pith and skins wrapped round the back of your braces and it’s difficult to ram your hand in your mouth to dislodge it while maintaining your dignity!)
- Soup with ‘bits’ in – especially green bits!
- N’kd bars (or other softer cereal bars) – they take a bit of working round your mouth and you may end up looking like a masticating mastiff!
I’m sure this will become a far more comprehensive list as time goes on. I’ll keep you updated with new additions to each list as and when I discover them.
**Additional** If you want to ‘pep’ up your soups crumble up some falafel into them. It soaks up, goes nice and soggy and doesn’t get stuck round your teeth! Yay!
A week on from my ‘installation’ and I’ve only just started getting properly sore areas in my mouth. I genuinely think it’s because I’m talking more now I’m back at work and so there’s far more chance of rubbing. I’ve applied some wax to the two most offending brackets (henceforth known as Perkins and Priscilla) and just lobbed a load of bonjela on the sores – YEOWZERS! To say it stings is something of an understatement – it canes! 😦
On the plus side I got my orthodontic report through the post (didn’t even know I was getting one so that was quite cool!)
Even though it wasn’t strictly (well, not even loosely really) about being marked on merit I was chuffed to read that I am an ‘excellent’ toothbrusher! Go me! (Silver linings and all that!)
What was most bizarre about the report was the photos of my teeth with my lips pulled out of the way. Seriously, they look like snapshots of some toothy sea creatures that are about to have a biting fight! Be afraid!
So – one week on, I’m getting used to them, most people have said they’re pretty subtle and I’m becoming accustomed to eating just 3 times a day, no snacking and really appreciate a lovely soft jacket potato.
Downsides – they’re a bit scratchy and, just today, have turned on my mouth with a vengeance (Perkins and Priscilla being the worst of the bunch – gits!), I can’t just eat what I want, whenever I want and I’m more mouth conscious than I’ve ever been. Still, as my sister says – endgame…endgame!
4th day wearing the mini lego bricks that are my braces – and the mini-challenges continue!
Things I Can’t Do:
- Purse my lips (believe me – you do it more than you think!)
- Say a convincing ‘P’
- Spit out mouthwash without dribbling
- Eat with a spoon bigger than a teaspoon
- Whistle (although I couldn’t do that brilliantly before to be fair)
- Eat cake (wah!)
- Chew – though that possibly has more to do with some resin that was put on my back teeth to stop me biting my braces (I’m literally swallowing everything straight down – sorry stomach)
Things I Have Eaten (relatively easily):
- Jacket potato and hummus (no skin)
- Broccoli and Potato soup (blended) with tiny bits of soaked bread
- Risotto (but eschew the peas next time – far too tricky!)
- Overnight oats
My lips are also starting to adhere to my braces a bit as they are now completely relaxed. If I don’t talk for a bit (there ARE times when I’m quiet!) they all get a bit stuck together and it smarts to prise them apart.
On the whole – I’m coping with them and, dare I say, I’m getting a bit more used to them. Still can’t quite imagine them becoming ‘a part of me’ (which is what I’ve been assured will happen) but at least I’m not crying or looking for a pair of pliers!