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|
|Scrambled eggs||Pizza crust|
|Water||Fizzy, sugar-laden drinks|
Top tips for cleaning braces
- 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.
- 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.
- Floss after brushing.
- 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.