Caring for Your Braces

We recommended you avoid hard foods, such as nuts, ice, and pizza/bread crust as well as sticky foods, including licorice and caramels. These foods can damage wires and brackets.

Other foods such as carrots and apples should be chopped into small pieces and chewed on your back teeth to prevent breaking the braces on your front teeth.

It is also important to minimize foods high in sugar content, such as ice cream and cookies, and reduce sugary drinks to once a day as they promote tooth decay and gum disease.

Brushing/Flossing with Braces: It is especially important to continue your oral hygiene regimen after your braces are placed. Brush your teeth three times a day and don’t forget to floss as well. Flossing may take a little extra time and attention because you will need to thread the floss underneath the arch wire. By brushing and flossing throughout treatment, you may prevent gum disease and tooth decay and in doing so avoid potential delays in your treatment that may arise from such issues.

Removable appliance/retainers: Your removable appliance/retainer should be taken out to eat and drink and only replaced into your mouth once you have brushed your teeth. Because food particles and plaque can accumulate on your appliance just as they do on your teeth it is recommended that you brush your removable appliance/retainer every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing routine and ensure that you soak the appliance weekly. To do this dissolve a Polident, Efferdent or other denture-cleaning tablet in a glass of tap water at room temperature and immerse your appliance in the solution. Your appliance will taste better, and you will prevent plaque and bacterial accumulation.

Eating with Braces

Once your braces are placed, your mouth may be sore for the first few days. During that time you may want to eat soft foods such as pasta, soups, eggs, ice cream and rice. Once you have adjusted to eating with your braces, you can return to a normal diet being careful to avoid a few foods.

We also recommend you avoid drinks or foods that have a high sugar or acid content such as lollies and fizzy drinks as they promote tooth decay and gum disease. You must be very careful with hard foods too as they can break the brackets on your teeth. Try to avoid biting into and chewing foods such as nuts, corn on the cob, crusty bread, pork crackling and ice. Some raw vegetables and fruits such as carrots and apples should the chopped and chewed on your back teeth. Sticky lollies such as Minties, Toffees, Fantales, Redskins, Starburst, and caramels must be avoided, as they are the major cause of breakages. Chewing gum is also not recommended as the gum make stick to your braces.

It’s important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, call our office immediately to arrange an appointment for repair. A little care will keep any breakages and problems to a minimum and help is to take your braces off faster as every breakage usually extends your treatment time.

Playing Sports

We recommend that if you braces and play sports, then you should wear a mouthguard –especially with contact sports like football. Mouthguards help protect not only the braces, but your teeth and mouth as well from injury. Thermoplastic mouthguards are made of plastic that can be moulded to the shape of your mouth after it is placed in hot water. These can be bought and many chemist/pharmacy shops.