Contact details & where to find us

Call us today: 01642 246280 (Middlesbrough) | 01429 865290 (Seaton Carew)

Looking After Your Brace

  • For the first few days after a brace is fitted, your teeth will be uncomfortable as they start to move. This usually peaks after about 24 hours and will then settle down. It is perfectly normal and should not be a cause for concern. The correct dose of paracetamol or ibuprofen can be taken if required.
  • You may also get some ulcers in your mouth until your mouth gets used to the brace. We will give you some special wax to put over the brace to make things easier for you.

    You should avoid the following things:
    • Hard or sticky foods such as toffees, boiled sweets, mints, pizza crusts. These can damage or break the brace.
    • Sugary food and drink e.g. fizzy drinks. The acid in these drinks will cause permanent damage to your teeth.
    You must keep your teeth and braces clean. If food or plaque is left around the brace, your teeth may get stained or decayed.
  • Fluoride mouthwash helps to keep your teeth healthy during treatment. We advise that you use a mouthwash after you brush your teeth and braces.
  • TELEPHONE US IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS: 
    01642 246280 (Middlesbrough) 01429 865290 (Seaton Carew)

  • If you have any problems or concerns, please telephone the practice during opening hours for an appointment. Outside normal opening hours, you can leave a message on the answer machine and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • It is very important you attend all your appointments. If you fail to attend, or cancel at short notice, it may be several months before we can arrange another one for you. Failing to keep appointments tends to prolong treatment times and can spoil the quality of the result.

For further information, please visit the British Orthodontic Society page on fixed braces.

  • You will find it difficult to speak properly with the brace in at first but this improves very quickly if the brace is worn all the time.
  • The brace will feel very big and bulky at first but you should get used to it in a few days
  • You should wear the brace ALL THE TIME, 24 hours a day except
    • When cleaning your teeth morning and night
    • Meal times (functional braces only)
    • When playing contact sports. If you need to take the brace out for sports, keep it safe in a box so that it does not get lost or broken Please note: if your brace is lost or broken beyond repair, you will have to pay the NHS for a replacement. This will cost in the region of about £75-£80 per brace.

    KEEP YOUR BRACES CLEAN

    • Clean your braces with toothpaste and water morning and night and also after meal times.
    • It is very important you attend all your appointments. If you fail to attend, or cancel at short notice, it may be several months before we can arrange another one for you. Failing to keep appointments tends to prolong treatment times and can spoil the quality of the result.
    • If you have any problems, please telephone the practice to make an appointment.

    For further information, please visit the British Orthodontic Society page on functional braces.

    For further information, please visit the British Orthodontic Society page on removable braces.