How to care for your braces

Once your braces have been fitted by our specialist orthodontist, you will need to take good care of them to help ensure you get the best result from treatment.

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After your braces have been fitted, you will experience general tenderness of your teeth and mouth. This tenderness usually subsides within 7-10 days. To help ease this, we recommend:

  • Nurofen/paracetamol, as required
  • Dental wax to place over any rubbing brackets or poking wires
  • Brace relief gel/Bongela/SM 33 if you experience ulcers or sore spots
  • Eating softer food for the first couple of days while your teeth are tender

Some of the best foods to eat while your teeth are tender:

  • Smoothies
  • Porridge and scrambled eggs
  • Pancakes and waffles
  • Soups, pasta, macaroni cheese
  • Yoghurt and soft cheese

You can still eat lots of fruit and vegetables, but for food like raw carrots, apples and corn on the cob, cut it up into bite size pieces so you can enjoy it without damaging your braces.

Foods to avoid
while wearing braces

Hard and sticky foods will break or loosen your braces. Please be careful at all times when eating.

Nuts Bubble Gum
Popcorn Sticky Chocolate bars
Pork Crackling Roll Ups
Hard Biscuits Red Skin/Mints
Corn Chips Toffee
Ice Lolly Pops
Crusts (pizza, pie) Avoid chewing on pens, pencils and fingernails too as these can knock the brackets off your teeth.

Foods to avoid


If you play full contact sports, such as football or hockey, you will need to wear a mouthguard. Custom made mouthguards can be made in our practice or with your preferred dental technician to ensure your teeth have proper protection.

Please be aware that your mouthguard will need remolding regularly. This is because your teeth continuously move during treatment. Bring your mouthguard into each appointment so we can check if it needs to be remolded. There is no charge for this.


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