Brace Care | Orthodontic Treatment in Tauranga | Dan Smethurst Orthodontist

Caring for your braces

Now you have your braces on, it’s important to look after them. You may have forgotten some of the instructions we have given you, so we have listed a few things below as a reminder on caring for your braces. 


Keeping your teeth clean

If you have braces, you must keep your teeth and gums very clean to avoid the build-up of plaque. Brush your teeth twice daily with a fluoride-based toothpaste. Our team will show you how to care for your braces and teeth and will provide you with a starter kit which includes a toothbrush, interdental brushes, dental floss and wax. 

You should also continue visiting your family dentist for regular check-ups. 

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Foods to avoid

You can generally keep your lifestyle the same once you’ve been fitted with braces, but there will be a few changes to your diet. 

After your initial fitting appointment and following any adjustment visits where we tighten your braces, you may feel a bit of tenderness with your teeth. We suggest softer foods such as mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, macaroni cheese and porridge during this time to help avoid any further discomfort. 

The rest of the time you can eat a normal diet, but it’s important to avoid anything that is sticky, hard or sugary (lollies, caramels, bubble gum, etc.). If you are eating crunchy foods such as apples or carrots, cut them up into small pieces and use your back teeth when biting. Corn kernals on the cob should also be cut off to be eaten instead. 

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Dealing with breakages

If part of your brace becomes loose or broken, please call us as soon as the damage is noticed to schedule a time for repair. Remove anything loose from your mouth if you can and use your wax to stop anything digging in until you can come to the clinic to see us. 

Please note – excessive breakages may incur additional costs which will be billed at the completion of the active treatment. 

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After hours emergencies

If you experience breakage outside working hours and are in discomfort, please telephone our practice. Our answering system will inform you who to contact.

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