How to look after ceramic / metal braces?​

First few days​

For the first few days braces will take some getting used to, and some tweaks to your routines to ensure braces do their job and your teeth are kept healthy.

After the braces are put on, there can be some aching of the teeth. If this occurs mild painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can be used.

Sometimes the brace can rub on the cheeks, see below for instructions.


Your brushing technique requires modifying to accommodate the braces. Brush at least twice a day, ideally three times to ensure the teeth are kept in ideal health.

Mouthwash and interdental cleaning​

Use a fluoride mouthwash twice a day.

Use an interdental toothbrush to clean any remaining plaque off your teeth. Concentrate on the areas between your gums, the brackets and underneath the wire.

What food can I eat?​

Please do eat! Your diet should remain relatively the same with some small changes to ensure the braces are not damaged.

Chocolate, sweets, fizzy drinks and acidic drinks should be reduced in their frequency and only a few times in the week, ideally with meals.
If there is a breakage please call the practice / email. We will endeavour to repair the brace, however each breakage adds time to the overall treatment duration.

What if I have problems?​

After your brace has been fitted your teeth will feel tender, or even slightly wobbly, this is normal. Mild painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen will help with the discomfort.

If brackets or bands rub your lips and cheeks you may need to use wax, which is available from the practice.

You will still need to attend routine check up appointments with your dentist during your orthodontic treatment.