sozobe, these retainers sozlet will wear after her braces come off are usually
invisible and worn only during the night, so it won't be as bad. You will have a much harder time enforcing it - at least I have. I constantly need to remind Jane to wear them at night.
We started around age 8 too - retainers and a pallet to widen the jaw bones,
from age 11 to 12 she was one year without any metal in her mouth. Then the
braces came on until she was close to 15 years old. We celebrated when she
was finally metal free with tons of bubble gum too! It's an ordeal no question about it, more so for us mothers than the kids (I feel) .
Yes, food becomes a challenge! Beef is also very hard to chew for them, shredded or ground beef are much better. Carrots are too hard on the braces, try buying the shredded kind, apples should be cut up (at the beginning I put them in the microwave for a minute), popcorn is a no go
too which was hard for Jane as she loves it; even pizza crusts are out!
sozlet should also avoid any acidic foods, as they can stain the teeth -
it oxidizes due to the metal, so anything lemon and the likes should be