One thing I notice about not being able to chew is, my appetite is completely different. Before I started braces, I worried about cravings for my favorite foods, but I haven't had any. Instead, I find smooth bland foods utterly delicious. Every morning, I make a big bowl of oatmeal with honey, fresh ground flax seeds, a spoonful of slippery elm bark powder and a little milk. Pre-braces, this would have been okay, but these days, it is deeeeeelllllliiiiiicious! And you know what is really tasty? Big, fat lima beans with cottage cheese. Lucky for me, previously yummy stuff, like pizza or crispy cookies, are completely unappetizing. Last week, I had a new adjustment at the orthodontist. He was shocked by the warp to my lower teeth. Now I have an elastic pulling them back where they belong. Anyway, I hope that's what it's doing. Meanwhile, I still can't chew.