It usually takes 12 - 24 months but will vary according to how severe your case is. Failed, cancelled appointments and breakages of the braces will add to the overall treatment time.
You may experience some difficulty eating initially however this will ease after 1 or 2 days.
Do not eat-
- Toffees, boiled sweets, chewing gum, chocolate bars, lollies, potato crisps, etc.
- Fizzy drinks (including diet drinks), excessive amounts of fruit juice, flavoured milks and sport drinks, especially between meals.
- Hard foods which will damage the braces such as crunchy apples, raw carrots, crusty bread rolls, pizza crusts, etc. Cut these foods into small pieces.
Avoid chewing on pens, pencils and fingernails.
Your teeth are likely to be tender for about 1-2 days each time the braces are adjusted. If necessary, painkillers such as the ones you would normally take for a headache may help (please read the instructions on the packet).
If the braces rub your lips or cheeks, you will be given some wax to help with this.