Fixed brace FAQs

Whether you’re looking to explore orthodontic treatment with braces, or are already in the process of your smile journey, here are some common questions we’d like to help you with:

Do braces hurt?

No, braces shouldn’t hurt. After fitting and adjustment appointments, you may feel mild discomfort or soreness for a few days. This can easily be treated by taking over-the-counter pain relievers.

You may also use wax or sugar-free chewing gum to relieve the inside of your lips or cheeks if any temporary soreness occurs in those areas.

Do braces hurt?

Do I have to avoid certain foods while wearing braces?

While you should still be able to eat most of your favourite foods during treatment, there are a few things that can damage and dislodge your brackets. As such, we highly recommend avoiding:

  • Chewy sweets such as toffees, etc.
  • Chewing gum (unless it is sugar free)
  • Hard, crunchy foods such as ice, crusty bread, hard fruit and veg, etc. (Most of these can still be enjoyed if cut into bite-size pieces.)
  • Fizzy drinks, sports drinks and flavoured water (including diet varieties)
  • Fruit juices (due to acidic content)

This is not an exhaustive list. If you have questions or concerns about what you can eat during treatment, please ask our friendly team members.

Do I have to avoid certain foods while wearing braces?

How can I properly care for my teeth while wearing braces?

Here are some helpful tips to ensure proper care for both your teeth and braces during treatment:

  • Brush your teeth at least 3 times a day after meals to prevent food or plaque build-up around your braces
  • Use a fluoride mouthwash daily
  • Use a spiral toothbrush to thoroughly clean in between brackets - where a regular toothbrush can’t reach
  • Cut hard-to-bite foods such as apples into bite-sized pieces
  • Wear a gum shield while playing contact sports like basketball, soccer, etc.
How can I properly care for my teeth while wearing braces?

When should I see my Specialist Orthodontist?

If your brace breaks or you’re experiencing severe prolonged discomfort, don’t wait for your next appointment and contact us to schedule a sooner visit.

When should I see my Specialist Orthodontist?

Have more questions on how to properly take care of your braces?

Feel free to reach out and contact us at Aberdeen Orthodontics. We would be happy to help you with your questions or concerns.

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