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Can I eat chips with an expander?

Last Updated: 24th April, 2021

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Try mashed potatoes, yogurt, soup or pretty much any food you do not have to chew. If food does get stuck in the expander, just wash it out with water. If you eat the right foods, no. Hard foods, such as chips, cookies, and such may be difficult since they put pressure on your teeth as you try to bite into them.

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Regarding this, what can I eat with an expander?

Include lots of fruits and vegetables, along with meat, milk and whole grain bread. Do not eat sticky or chewy foods such as gum, taffy, caramels or licorice. Do not eat hard foods like ice, nuts or popcorn. Whole raw carrots, celery and apples should be cut into bite-size pieces.

can you eat chips with braces? Any type of hard and crunchy food is something you will want to avoid while wearing your braces. Chips like Fritos, Doritos, Tostitos, Cheetos, Takis, as well as pretzels and other hard breads are foods that can not only damage your wire, but also cause your brackets to break.

what foods to avoid if you have an expander?

Chewy or sticky candy like chewing gum, taffy, licorice, and caramels should be avoided. Hard and crunchy foods like popcorn, nuts, and ice are also not recommended with a palate expander.

Is it hard to swallow with an expander?

Until you become accustomed to eating with your new expanders, you may find it beneficial to follow a diet consisting of all soft foods. Initially, the expanders may make the roof of your mouth feel “full,” which can lead to concern about speech and swallowing. Rest assured that the “full” sensation is normal.

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Aima Romijnders

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Do expanders change your face?

Does using a palate expander for braces change your face shape/features? Yes, they can. They can make the face less narrow appearing, which makes the face far more appealing.

Abdelkebir Ritterbock

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Do expanders hurt more than braces?

The short answer is no, spacers don't hurt more than braces. Although they're different sensations, so it can be hard to compare the two. Spacers do not hurt more than braces, but they still can cause discomfort and some pain.

Joetta Vallier

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Do expanders make you talk funny?

During the first day it is normal for the patient to notice somewhat of a metal taste. Altered Speech - When the expander goes in, the patient may talk a little funny and have a lisp. This is only temporary, and will usually last less than a couple days.

Yluminada Vinyals

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Can you have braces and an expander at the same time?

It is common to do expansion and braces at the same time.

Rosell Poweleit

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Can you brush your teeth with spacers?

To brush your teeth with spacers, you can brush as you normally would, with one crucial exception. Brush your teeth in a back-and-forth movement, instead of up-and-down strokes. This will help keep the spacers in place. Check after brushing to make sure that all the spacers are still where your dentist placed them.

Timmy Kerstingkotter

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How do you swallow spit with an expander?

When you first have the expander placed, your mouth may produce more saliva. If this occurs, make a conscious effort to swallow normally by closing your lips and pushing your tongue up against the roof of your mouth. Dry not to "slurp" as it will drive your family crazy!

Barka Videgain

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How long does it take to talk normally with an expander?

It takes a week or two to feel and sound somewhat normal. Some people can do it after a couple of days and some people will never completely have a normal speech until having it removed. It varies a lot between individuals because of construction of the appliance, anatomy, and tongue motricity.

Weibin Schoenholtz

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Do expanders break your jaw?

Orthodontists don't normally talk about how palate expander slowly break the bone of the upper mouth. That would scare their patient, who are usually adolescents. But it's true. An expander slowly separates the bone and cartilage in the upper jaw in order to make the mouth bigger.

Magda Galler

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How do I clean food out of my expander?

Try mashed potatoes, yogurt, soup or pretty much any food you do not have to chew. If food does get stuck in the expander, just wash it out with water.

Viva Pedrinho

Pundit

How many times do you turn an expander?

How often should I turn my expander? The amount of expansion required is different for every person. Dr. Hosier will customize the amount of expansion that is best for you. Typically, it will take 2 to 3 weeks of turning the expander 1 or 2 times per day to achieve optimal results.

Binetou Berrocoso

Pundit

Do expanders hurt when they put them on?

This is normal and when you stop turning the RPE, the teeth will start to come together again on their own. No, it doesn't hurt. After the expander is turned you may feel pressure in the area of the teeth, and tingling around the bridge of the nose or under your eyes.

Tatevik Neighbour

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What helps with expander pain?

This can be done through applying ice packs to the side of the face, drinking cold beverages, or eating cold, soft food (such as yogurt or ice cream). If your child is feeling extreme discomfort, it's often best to let her stay home from school for the day. Just make sure to find some distractions.

Mohammad Eden

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Can you eat mcdonalds with braces?

Can I eat McDonald's after having braces? No you can not eat hard and sticky foods, you should try and avoid while you have dental braces. if you eat this kind of food you can break the wires or even lose the brackets.

Damion Muhlpfordt

Supporter

Can I eat Oreos with braces?

Cutting back on hard (nerds), sticky (milkduds), and gummy candies, white bread, donuts, oreos, etc. are always a good choice even without orthodontic braces. This increases the likelihood of developing tooth decay during orthodontic treatment. The stickiness can also lead to broken wires and brackets.

Shuhua Jacque

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Can you eat a cheeseburger with braces?

The good news is tons of great food can be eaten safely with braces. Some examples: Proteins – hamburgers, boneless poultry, seafood, cooked beans, hummus. Fruits and vegetables – most soft fruits and roasted or steamed veggies.

Shalva Torsel

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Is ice cream good for braces pain?

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The cold of ice cream makes it an ideal choice for new braces, as it will help to numb the pain and relieve some of the inflammation that comes along with wearing braces. Plus, as a bonus, getting to eat ice cream after getting your braces on is sort of like a reward.

Yanet Rakhmatulin

Beginner

Is it OK to eat Doritos with braces?

It can also damage the wires on your braces. Avoid at all costs. Corn chips can break off and get lodged between your wires and teeth or can get stuck in between your molars. If you can, wait until you have your braces removed before you indulge in your next Dorito.

Cyra Kampenga

Beginner

Can I eat cereal with braces?

If you wear braces, eating crunchy cereals or granola for breakfast is out of the question: Bite down the wrong way and you might snap the wires or dislodge the brackets. If you have braces, the general rule of thumb is to steer clear of foods that are hard or chewy. These types of foods can break wires.