Looking after Your Brace

Oral Hygiene

  • Mouth care is really important whether you are preparing for a brace or not.
  • We recommend brushing with an electric toothbrush with a small head a minimum of twice a day. You should use a full adult strength fluoride toothpaste for at least 3 minutes. When the brace is fitted this will likely take about 5 minutes to do a good job.
  • Pay close attention to the area where your teeth meet your gums and around the squares.
  • In addition to tooth brushing it is recommended to use an interspace brush to clean under the brace and between your teeth.
  • A fluoride mouthwash should be used at a different time of day to brushing.
  • Inadequate brushing is likely to lead to damage of the enamel of your teeth causing white or brown marks on your teeth (demineralisation).
  • Your dentist may be able to prescribe you a stronger fluoride toothpaste (duraphat) for use during your brace treatment.


  • If your brace becomes broken or loose, contact us to arrange an appointment Immediately as this may add length to your treatment time.

Dietary Advice

  • Avoid certain foods, these will damage the brace which means it may not be working properly and your treatment could take longer to complete. Avoid anything that is too sticky, chewy or too hard.

Foods to Avoid

  • Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls,
  • Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
  • Sticky foods: toffees or chewy sweets e.g. chewits, chocolate éclairs, bon-bons, stick of rock or chewing gum!
  • Hard foods: crusty bread, no crusts including pizza crusts, no boiled sweets or nuts.
  • Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples (Cut apples into small pieces first before eating), carrots
  • Chewing on hard things: (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.
  • You must limit your intake of sugary foods and fizzy drinks. The sugar and acid will likely lead to damage of the enamel on your teeth which might make marks or holes.