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6 Tips For Living With Braces

According to the British Orthodontic Society, over 202,000 people started orthodontic treatment in England and Wales in 2014-15. With adult braces in particular increasing in popularity year on year, it’s important to not only look after your teeth during treatment, but also the brace and the rest of your mouth.

Braces are the best way to achieve a lovely straight smile, and most people only have braces for a year or two, meaning the discomfort and annoyance is temporary. Although the treatment doesn’t last too long, it’s important to look after your teeth and braces, and help yourself wherever possible.

At Shifnal Dental Care, our highly trained dentists can provide clear braces, also known as Invisalign, which is a popular choice particularly with adults, as it is much more discreet than a traditional metal plated brace.

Below are our 6 tips for making living with braces that little bit simpler.


  • When you’re going to have your braces fitted or tightened, consider taking some mild pain relief such as paracetamol around an hour before. This will help to reduce the initial soreness.


  • If you find the brace rubs the inside of your lips or cheeks, wax is available to create a barrier over the metal and relieve any discomfort.


  • Try to eat properly before getting your braces fitted or tightened, as you may find eating uncomfortable afterwards. Crunchy or hard foods may be off limits for a few days, but once the discomfort subsides, try soft foods such as pasta.


  • Keeping your braces clean is vital, so small interdental brushes are a good (and cheap) investment for getting in between the wire and your tooth surface effectively.


  • To prevent staining, ensure you clean your teeth thoroughly throughout your treatment, so that when the braces are removed there isn’t a colour difference between your tooth and the patch that has been protected by the brace.


  • Make sure you visit your orthodontist regularly and get your braces tightened on the timescale recommended. This will ensure your braces are doing what they need to, and not cause any delays in your treatment.


If you have any problems with your braces or want to talk to someone about them during your treatment, book an appointment with your orthodontist.

If you’re interested in having braces, or would like to find out more, call 01952 460119 to arrange your free initial consultation with Katherine, who can talk you through your treatment options.


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