What to Eat When You First Get Braces

Getting braces is a pretty common occurrence for young people. In fact, orthodontists are able to adjust people’s teeth at younger and younger ages. When a person gets braces they may experience some soreness and tenderness in their mouth, their gums and their teeth. After getting braces you have to be careful with your choice of food so that you do not damage the braces, brackets or wiring. You have to be especially careful with what you eat immediately after you have the braces put on.

Drinks

If your teeth are especially sore after you get your braces, you may want to opt for some nourishment you can get in the form of a beverage, rather than eating a food that requires chewing. Some beverages you may want to try consuming include milk shakes, smoothies, fruit juices, drinkable yogurt and milk.

Liquid Foods

Eating food that has more of a liquid consistency is a good idea to prevent you from further discomfort if your mouth is sore immediately after getting braces. Some foods that have a liquid consistency include soup, grits, porridge, oatmeal, cream of wheat, applesauce, pudding, yogurt, frozen yogurt and soft-serve ice cream.

Soft Foods

If you are craving food that seems more substantial than those that are available in a liquid form, you may want to try some soft variety of foods that can be eaten without a great deal of chewing or impact on your teeth. Soft foods include mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables such as carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, green beans and broccoli. Soft fruits such as bananas may be OK to eat as well if you are feeling up to it. Cooked beans such as brown beans, kidney beans, lentils, pinto beans and black beans are soft as well. Cooked varieties of pasta are also softer foods, but may require more chewing and should only be eaten if you are feeling very well.

Mild Temperature Foods

If your teeth are sore, they may be more susceptible to sensitivity from extreme hot or cold temperatures. If you eat soup, allow it to cool off first and avoid any drinks that contain ice.

Altered Foods

If you are really craving something that might hurt your teeth, see what you can to do alter it to make it softer for you to eat. For instance, if you are craving Frosted Mini Wheats, let them soak in milk for a while so that they become soft enough for you to easily consume.

Pickup Truck of the Year – 2014 Ram 1550

The 2014 Ram 1500 has been named pickup truck of the year by AutoBytel.com. Autobytel is dedicated to aiding consumers with research to find the information they need to make smart decisions when it comes to purchasing a new or used automobile. With more than 80 years of experience under their engine and hundreds of vehicles driven, AutoBytel makes informed choices based on innovation, design, and over all features.

For the third year in row, the editorial team at Autobytel chooses the Car of the Year, Truck of the Year, as well as winners in each individual segment. The team, led by Michelle Narajo, Editor-in-Chief of the automotive media company, said that the results are a combination of the best choices for shoppers in the 2014 model year.

As the most recognized pickup truck on the road, the Ram 1500 boasts fuel saving systems due to its fuel efficient 3.6 liter V-6 engine that delivers best in class fuel economy of 25 and 18 mpg in the city. The Ram 1500 boasts a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. Other features of the pickup truck include thermal management and a stop-start system as well as pulse-width modulation. The aerodynamics of the truck include air and grille shutters. The 2014 model features a new EcoDiesel 3.0 liter engine that delivers unsurpassed torque and up to 9,200 pounds of towing capability.

Mike Febbo of Motor Trend says, “Our judges rated the EcoDiesel the highest in ease of towing as well,” and “as we established last year, the rest of Ram 1500 is class leading in just about every other respect,” according to this news article on AutoBytel.com.

Further, they ran a test-track evaluation designed to mimic the best and worst days a truck may face, including hauling and climbing hills and the 2014 Ram 1500 managed 15 MPG, the article explains.

Buyers can choose from three cab styles, three bed lengths, and 10 trim levels. In addition, each 2014 Ram 1500 can be optioned to include highlights such as heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, keyless entry with push button starting, remote engine starting, a universal garage door opener, upgrades for the audio system, Uconnect 8,4 technology, navigation system, air suspension, reversing camera, and nicer wheels. Additionally, most Ram 1500s can be upgraded with a RamBox cargo-management system with storage bins integrated right into the truck’s bed.

For the second year in a row, the Ram 1500 has been voted pickup truck of the year by both Motor Trend and Autobytel. So what are you driving?