It usually takes between twelve and twenty four months but will vary according to how severe your case is. Try to make all your appointments as failed and cancelled appointments aalso breakages of the braces will add to the overall treatment time.
You can sometimes experience difficulty eating initially however this will ease after one or two days.
Do not eat-
- Boiled sweets, toffees, chocolate bars, chewing gum, lollies or potato crisps.
- Avoid fizzy drinks (including diet drinks), drink fruit juices moderately, avoid flavoured milks and sport drinks, especially between meals.
- Also avoid hard foods which can damage the braces such as crunchy apples, raw carrots, crusty bread rolls, pizza crusts, etc. Cut up these foods into small pieces.
Your teeth can be tender for about one to two days each time the braces are adjusted. Sometimes pain killers such as the ones you would normally take for a headache may help.
If the braces rub your lips or cheeks, we can provide you with some wax to help with this.