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    West End Orthodontics

Removable Braces

Removable braces are worn all of the time, however they must be removed for tooth brushing and cleaning of the brace. We also advise removal of the brace for sporting activity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will it be painful?
No. Anything more than very minor discomfort, come back and see us.

How else might it affect me?
Your speech will be different. Practice speaking with the brace in place e.g. read out aloud at home on your own, and in this way your speech will return to normal within a couple of days. You may also find yourself swallowing a lot to begin with. This is quite normal and will quickly pass.

Can I eat normally?
Yes, keep the brace in for all meal times. You will struggle for the first couple of days, but persevere and very soon you will hardly notice it!

How about cleaning?
Take the brace out after a meal and rinse it under the tap. Take the brace out in the morning and at night time, brush your teeth and brush the brace with toothbrush and toothpaste.

Can I remove the brace?
Only for cleaning and contact sports i.e. rugby.

How about sports?
For contact sports, e.g. rugby, take the brace out and keep it in a protective box. Put the brace straight back in your mouth afterwards.

How long will the treatment take?
Usually around six months.

How often will I need appointments?
Usually about every 8-12 weeks. If you have a problem, ring for an appointment sooner.

Do I still need to see my regular dentist?
Yes. It will be important you still have check ­ups with your regular dentist throughout orthodontic treatment so that your teeth can be checked for decay.

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