Just got braces, can’t close my teeth or eat anything but liquids?


I just got braces a couple days ago, I was expecting to have difficulties eating but I was not warned that I wouldn’t be able to eat at all. None of my teeth can touch, the dentist put some blue ‘bumpers’ (basically round balls of… glue?) ) on my very back bottom two teeth, without the bumpers my front teeth would hit the bottom brackets and I still probably wouldn’t be able to close my mouth (I have a deep overbite).

There is physically no way to chew or even get my teeth close enough in the front or back to mush food. All I’ve been able to do is mush stuff up and swallow it whole.

When I asked how long it would be before I could probably eat the dentist said 3-4 months until my bite changed enough to close my mouth…

I guess just, suggestions on what to eat, and if anyone else was stuck with not being able to close their mouths.

Right now there’s a lot of discomfort and general pain, the metal has torn up my cheeks/tongue quite a bit and my teeth ache a lot. That’s what I was expecting though so I’ve used the wax and taken pain killers and I’m not worried as long as the ache stops in a week or so.

Just… not being able to eat, at all, for 4 months… that’s not what I was expecting.

Currently all I’ve found to eat is

Peanut butter mixed with syrup (less thick and easy to eat)

Cream of Wheat


Pasta, if I mush it up



4 Answers

  • Sandy
    7 days ago

    Some of these thing you’ve already tried, but here is the list I give to everyone who asks ~~

    Oatmeal, pancakes

    Eggs (scrambled, fried, poached)

    Bananas, pears, other soft fruit.

    Yogurt, pudding, applesauce, jello

    Smoothies, milkshakes

    Cottage cheese



    Pasta, noodles

    Creamy peanut butter on soft bread.

    Meat Loaf

    Mashed potatoes (add some cheese if you want)

    Soft muffins, cake.

    Take small bites of soft foods. You should not be swallowing food whole. That could cause other problems.

    You may have the “bumpers” (not bite plates – those are different) for 4 months but it certainly won’t take you that long before you can eat normally.

    Don’t get discouraged — it will get better!

  • Anonymous
    5 days ago

    Mashed potatoes is all I every really ate for like a week.. it was the worst week ever.. Definetly have smoothies I had those too, ice cream, jello, soup. Just what I can think of at the moment. Getting bottom braces is a lot better than getting top braces.. It a lot less painful- well from my experience.

  • Jennifer
    7 days ago

    Bite plates are what you have on your teeth. They are to prevent you from biting down on your front teeth while your back teeth adjust downwards which will in turn correct your overbite.


    As for your eating case, I’m pretty sure you’ll get used to your soft diet in one month. There really isn’t much we can do to help you eat hard foods, but I’d suggest to chop everything you want to eat very finely. It’ll be annoying at first, but science proves that after 21 days of doing a good habit or changing one, you won’t even notice it (I thank my history teacher for telling me that today). Just do what you need to do and eventually, you’ll never regret getting braces and fixing your overbite! Best of luck to you!

  • ?
    7 days ago

    Potatos and gravy, and blending your food. (steak blended is Really good )

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