Braces are devices that align and straighten teeth and help to position them with regard to a person’s bite, while also working to improve dental health. There is no age limit for braces.



Before placing braces on your teeth, you will need a check-up for decay or gum problems. Do visit Rafflesia Dental Surgery regularly, even when you are on braces.

Brushing With Braces

With braces on, your teeth are more difficult to clean. Do not leave food on your braces. Brushing your teeth properly (about 5 min) after every snack and meal will reduce the risk of decay and gum disease. You will need to replace your toothbrush more often as it will wear out faster. Detailed oral hygiene instructions and guidance will be given throughout the treatment process.

Eating and Diet Restrictions

Eating hard food or biting on large pieces of food may dislodge the brackets or bands and damage the wires. Avoid eating nuts and biting on nails or pencils. Avoid food and drinks with high sugar content such as sweets and soft drinks.

Pain and Discomfort

It takes at least one week or more to get accustomed to your braces. Initially, your cheeks and tongue will chafe from rubbing against the brackets and bands. Your teeth will also feel sore but you will get used to your braces in a couple of days. After each adjustment of the braces, you will also feel some discomfort as your teeth start to move. Occasionally, temporary ulcers may occur at certain parts of the soft tissue.

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