Living With Braces

Now that you have your braces you're a step closer to perfect teeth, but how do you take care of them?

Here your friendly team at North Shore Orthodontics will take you through the essentials of eating, cleaning and playing sport while wearing braces.

Starting Out

The good news is that having your braces put on is completely painless, but the first few days of wearing them can be a bit achy. It's quite normal for the soreness to last for 4-5 days, but you can take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or neurofen to reduce the discomfort.

The inside of your mouth is very sensitive and although the braces are designed to be as comfortable as possible, some people find that the brackets scratch the insides of their lips and cheeks. Your mouth will get used to it fairly quickly, but in the meantime you can mould some soft wax over the irritating parts.

Eating With Braces

Taking care of your braces means being aware of what you eat. Hard foods such as apples and carrots can snap the brackets off your teeth when you take a bite; chop them up into small pieces and chew with your back teeth. Be careful with nuts, slice corn off the cob with a knife and avoid sticky chewy foods like toffee which your braces can get stuck in. Remember: if anything breaks, call us as soon as possible.

Keeping Your Braces Clean

Braces provide great places for food to hide and get stuck, so it's even more important than usual to take care of your teeth. Try to brush after every meal; we will show you how. If you're out for lunch and forgot to bring your toothbrush, have a vigorous rinse-and-spit to dislodge any food. We will also give you a small 'interdental' brush to clean between the braces. Using a fluoride mouth wash each night is also recommended. Try to see your dentist every six months while your braces are on and avoid sugary foods and fizzy drinks.

Playing Sport With Braces

It is very important to protect your mouth while playing sports. Let us know if you play contact sport and we will talk about mouth guards to fit over your braces.