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Caring for your braces


In order to see your smile results as swiftly as possible, it’s important for you to play your part in creating your new smile. That means looking after your braces! Here are our top tips for braces care.

Eating with braces

Some foods have the potential to damage or break your braces - which will prolong your treatment time and could cause oral trauma. In order to ensure your treatment goes as smoothly as possible, please avoid:

  • Hard and sticky foods, like toffee and hard boiled sweets
  • Crunchy fruit and vegetables, like apples, carrots and corn cobs (Try cutting them up or grating them instead of biting them)
  • Popcorn
  • Pizza crusts (You can still enjoy the toppings)
  • Chewing gum
  • Biting your nails or chewing on the ends of pens and pencils

 Eating with braces

That’s not to say you have to completely change your diet during treatment. There are plenty of delicious foods you can still eat. Especially after fitting and adjustment appointments, try eating softer foods as your teeth will be a bit tender.

Brace-friendly foods include:

  • Smoothies and milkshakes
  • Pancakes
  • Scrambled eggs

  • Porridge
  • Pasta
  • Fruit and vegetables (either softly cooked or cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • Yoghurt

This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you have some favourite foods that you are unsure about, please ask our friendly staff and they will be happy to advise you on your diet.

Keeping your teeth clean

During treatment with braces, oral hygiene is more important than ever. That’s because braces provide more places for plaque to hide. In addition to seeing us, we recommend you keep regular check-ups with your dentist to ensure the health of your smile.

 Keeping your teeth clean

5 top tips for cleaning your teeth

  • Brush your teeth after every meal and snack
  • Floss regularly - we can show you how to do this with your braces
  • Use disclosing tablets to see which spots you are missing when you brush
  • Use a toothpaste with a good fluoride content
  • Rinse your mouth with mouthwash

Have another question about braces care?

You can give our team a call at any time to ask us questions about your treatment. Contact us today, or book your first appointment to start your orthodontic journey.

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