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Life with Braces

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Getting braces put on your teeth doesn’t hurt. However, your teeth might feel sore afterwards. Most patients reported it is uncomfortable rather than painful. This discomfort usually lasts for up to a week, but rarely, is it too uncomfortable to deal with. If needed, we advise our patients to have over-the-counter pain relievers.

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Most patient will get used to the braces within a month. After a couple of months, you won’t even notice they are there.

Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is critical during all stages of your treatment to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy throughout your orthodontic treatment. Regular visits to your general dentist for checkups and cleaning are also essential.

Brushing and flossing your teeth with braces on is very different to brushing without braces. Our friendly team member will show you brushing and flossing techniques to clean your teeth and gums around the braces.

For more information about brushing with braces, please refer to our page Brushing With Braces .

Breakage of braces or any orthodontic appliance during orthodontic treatment can potentially prolong your treatment time and the end results may be less than ideal. Therefore, we strongly recommend diet modification and a change in how food is consumed during your treatment.

It is best to avoid hard or sticky foods such as nuts, popcorns, caramel toffees, hard lollies, ice cubes, chips etc. Whole fruits and vegetables such as apples and carrots should be cooked or cut into small pieces and eaten carefully with your back teeth.

It is very important to learn how to brush your teeth during your treatment. Keeping good oral hygiene will maintain health of teeth and gums, and prevent oral diseases which can hinder your treatment.

Braces make brushing a little tricky because food particles and plaque can get stuck onto the brackets and teeth. We advise all patients to brush for 3-4 minutes, at least twice a day: morning and night.

Brushing your braces

  • Apply fluoridated toothpaste onto toothbrush.Start by brushing back and forth between the wires and gums on the upper and lower to loosen the food particles.Then, place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.Brush gently in a circular motion. Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.Look in the mirror to see if you have missed any places. Check the gumline and space between the wires and your teeth. If you see any areas you have missed, be sure to brush them again.

Interdental brushes

  • Interdental brushes are small brushes that resemble a miniature Christmas tree. These are useful for loosening stubborn plaque trapped between teeth and wires.

Flossing with braces

  • We recommend all patients use a type of floss designed for braces to maintain optimum gum health.Carefully thread one end of the floss under the wire and between your teeth. Floss around the gumline. Repeat on all teeth.Click link to learn more about Flossing with Braces

To find out more about Braces,
see one of our specialist orthodontists for an assessment.