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Removable Appliance Advice

Important advice for removable braces…


  • Some tenderness for the first few days is normal.
  • Getting used to having the appliance in your mouth may take a few weeks.
  • If an ulcer develops on the inside of the lips / cheeks please contact the practice – the brace may need adjustment.


  • It is very important to clean your teeth well before wearing the brace to avoid decay, three times a day, using disclosing tablets and mouthwash as it is recommended.
  • You may thoroughly brush the brace with your toothbrush and toothpaste each time you clean your teeth.
  • To disinfect and soften build-up on the brace it can be soaked in a solution like Retainerbrite following manufacturers’ instructions.


  • Remove the brace to eat, clean the teeth, play sports of any kind or playing a wind – musical instrument. Apart from these obvious activities, the brace must be worn 24 hours a day, otherwise treatment will not be successful.
  • Sleep with it in place, but clean well before bed.
  • Lost or broken appliances may have financial implications and will extend your treatment time and it is to be avoided. All breakages should be reported immediately to the surgery.
  • Use a container to keep the brace in when it is not in your mouth and it will minimise loss or breakage.
  • Adjust the brace as recommended by the orthodontist to ensure progress is made.