I was having dinner with a friend. We shared fried beef rice noodle and the house specialty, fried fresh wanton noodles. I realized that it was easy for me to eat the beef noodles but not the wanton noodles. I could just slurp the rice noodle, chew it a little bit and swallow it. The beef slices were soft and I need not have to chew it long. The wanton noodle on the other hand require some effort. As I bite and chew the noodle and vegetables together, they became stuck the the braces and food debris began to fill up. After the meal I ordered a winter melon longan sweet dessert. I was able to bite the winter melon pieces in the dessert but not the soft longan.
I am consciously compiling in my head the types of food that I can eat easily without much trouble. I am also registering the type of food that should be avoided especially during formal meals. Some food though soft can get entangled onto the wires. Mushy overcooked leafy vegetables is one. The longan with its fiber when you chew on it is another. Any food that is springy and cannot be cut by the teeth at one go is another. So my favourite calamari and squid is a no no.
Food no longer taste as good as before. Because I eat and chew small portions at a time, I lose the taste and aroma of the food. There is also a tendency to swallow food that is not fully chewed. So I have to consciously make an effort not too. The vestibule area; between the lower teeth and the inferior lips is always filled with food debris. It is like a gutter. I have to consciously use my tongue to try swirl the food back in again.
I am slowly getting used to eating with my braces on.
I wonder how it will be when the upper teeth is wired and the wires are tighten this Friday.