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Caring for your braces

Caring for your braces

Once you have been fitted with braces or aligners, it's important to care for your teeth as well as your appliance. Here's how: 

What to eat, and what not to

We won't ask you to change your lifestyle after we've fitted you with braces but there may be a few changes you'll need to make to your diet.

What to eat What to avoid
Smoothies, though leave out the berries Hard sticky sweets and toffees
Fruit and veges but grate the harder ones, like
apples and carrots
Corn on the cob
Soup Popcorn
Scrambled eggs Pizza crust
Water Fizzy, sugar-laden drinks

Top tips for cleaning braces

  1. Brush after every meal, including snacks. This means you might need to take a toothbrush to work. If you're out and about and can't brush, be sure to chew on sugar-free gum.
  2. Brush in small circles around your brackets if you have a fixed appliance. Our treatment coordinator will advise you on the most appropriate brushing technique.
  3. Floss after brushing.
  4. Use disclosing tablets to ensure you brush every surface of your teeth. 

How to keep a beautiful smile.

The most effective orthodontic treatment starts at home with a healthy oral hygiene routine. Be sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day, for three to five minutes at  a time. We recommend using an electric toothbrush. It's also important you see your dentist on a regular basis. The healthier your teeth the more successful your orthodontic treatment will be.

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