How to care for your braces
Once your braces have been fitted by our specialist orthodontists, you will need to take good care of them to help ensure you get the best result from treatment.
Your teeth with braces
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:
- 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.
Avoid chewing on pens, pencils and fingernails too as these can knock the brackets off your teeth.
If you play full contact sports, such as football or hockey, you will need to wear a mouth guard. Custom made mouth guards can be made in our practice or with your preferred dental technician to ensure your teeth have proper protection.
Please be aware that your mouth guard will need remolding regularly. This is because your teeth continuously move during treatment. Bring your mouth guard into each appointment so we can check if it needs to be remolded. There is no charge to remold your mouth guard.