Home Care

  • For the first few days after your brace has been fitted, your teeth may be tender, especially when any pressure is applied to the teeth. This is normal and will get better soon, usually within 4-5 days.
  • The most important thing is to keep your teeth, gums and braces perfectly clean using a toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste. You should brush your teeth at least 3 times a day and for at least 3 minutes each time. Your teeth and gums will be damaged if you do not keep them clean and your treatment may be stopped early if you are not able to maintain an excellent level of oral hygiene.
  • You will have been shown how to brush your teeth properly − it is important to remember to brush well along the outer surfaces of your teeth with a regular toothbrush as well as between your braces with the smaller inter-dental brushes. Don't forget to use a fluoride mouthwash daily,
  • Treat your braces with care − avoid sticky foods e.g. toffee or chewing gum. Foods like these cause breakages of the braces − breakages means additional visits, which will lengthen your treatment time overall. Foods like, French bread and crispy-based pizza should be cut up before eating them or avoided completely.
  • You should attend the orthodontic clinic on a regular basis to have your braces adjusted. You should also continue to visit your own dentist for regular check-ups throughout your treatment.

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