Removable Braces

Removable braces can be removed from your mouth yourself for cleaning. They are used to carry out simple tooth movements and often used in conjunction with a fixed brace.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are removable braces painful?

Your mouth is likely to be sore for about three to five days after the brace has been fitted and after each adjustment appointment. If necessary, you can take painkillers such as those that you would normally take for a headache (please read the instructions on the packet). If you have an obvious area of soreness caused by the brace, please ring the Practice during normal working hours to make an appointment. If possible do not stop wearing the brace or you may have another three to five days of discomfort when you start to wear it again.

How else might it affect me?

Your speech will be different at first. Practice speaking with the brace in place, perhaps by reading out aloud to yourself at home, and your speech will return to normal within a few days.

You may also find that you produce more saliva and have to swallow more often. This is quite normal and will quickly settle.

Can I eat normally?

Yes you should be able to eat normally. It is important for you to keep your brace in whilst eating unless you are instructed otherwise. Although this may be difficult at first, eating with your brace in place will become easier. After each meal remove your brace and rinse it thoroughly before replacing it in your mouth.

For your orthodontic treatment to work well and in the shortest possible time it is important that you take care of your teeth and brace. In order to prevent damage to both, you should

  • Avoid eating toffees, boiled sweets, chewing gum, wine gums, Haribos, chocolate bars and any similar type of sweets or food that will stick to your teeth.
  • Avoid fizzy drinks (including diet drinks) and excessive amounts of fruit juice.
  • Take care when eating hard foods such as crunchy apples, crusty bread or pizza crusts which might damage the brace. Always cut them up into manageable bite sized pieces first.

What about tooth brushing?

It is important that you brush your teeth well, three times each day using a fluoride toothpaste. If possible carry a brush with you for use after lunch. Take the braces out to clean your teeth. You should also gently brush the brace, taking care not to damage the wires.

A daily fluoride mouth rinse should also be used last thing at night, after tooth brushing, to further protect your teeth. Failure to keep your teeth and brace clean will lead to permanent damage to your teeth.

How long will treatment take?

It usually takes six to twelve months but this time will vary according to how severe your case is. Failure to attend and cancelled appointments or repeated breakages of your brace will add to the overall treatment time.

How often will I need to visit the orthodontist?

You will need regular appointments every six to eight weeks during treatment for your brace to be adjusted.

Do I still need to see my regular dentist?

Yes. It will be important for you to have check-ups with your regular dentist throughout your course of orthodontic treatment so that your teeth can be checked for any signs of decay

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    Other Treatments Provided by Solihull Orthodontic Centre

    Private Treatment

    Private orthodontic treatment is available to patients of all ages. You can be referred to us by your family dentist, or self refer.

    Invisalign and Invisalign Teen

    Invisalign is a series of clear, custom-made removable aligners used as an alternative to traditional fixed braces. The aligners are transparent and almost invisible making this a popular form of treatment amongst adults and teenagers who would like to straighten their teeth without the look or feel of fixed braces.

    Ceramic Aesthetic Fixed Braces

    Ceramic aesthetic fixed braces are a good choice if you are concerned about the appearance of metal braces. They work in exactly the same way as stainless steel appliances but are made from a translucent ceramic so that they blend with the underlying tooth colour.

    NHS Treatments

    NHS treatment is available to eligible patients under 18 years and is intended to provide treatment for those patients who require it on the grounds of dental health.

    Functional Appliances

    A functional appliance is made up of two parts, one that fits in the upper jaw and one that fits in the lower jaw. They work together to alter the way that your teeth bite together by holding the lower jaw forwards.

    Traditional Fixed Braces

    Fixed braces are carefully bonded onto the teeth and stay in place for the course of treatment. Straightening wires run between the various attachments and are held in place with elastics.


    Following orthodontic treatment it is important that the teeth are held in their new straightened position. This can be achieved by wearing removable or fixed retainers or a combination of the two.