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Plantation Road, Co. Monaghan
047 75575

Metal Braces

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Orthodontic Braces

Fixed appliances - ‘Train Tracks’

Fixed appliances are fixed braces or ‘train tracks’ which are used to straighten your teeth. They are glued to your teeth. They may be metal or ceramic (‘clear/cosmetic’).

Is it painful having braces?

It is likely to be sore for about 3-5 days after the brace is fitted and each time the brace is adjusted. If necessary, simple painkillers such as the ones you would normally take for a headache should help- please read instructions on the packet. If the brace rubs against your lips or cheeks, you can use some wax to help with this. Using a small piece of wax or a full strip may help to alleviate symptoms.

Ensure the area which is rubbing is as dry as possible (dry area using a cotton bud) and press the wax on to the brace. Orthodontic wax is easily removed with hot drinks and eating and may need to be reapplied several times.

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Can I eat normally with Braces?

When the braces are first fitted, we advise you to have a soft diet for 1-3 days. Otherwise, you should be able to eat normally. However, 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.
To avoid damage to both, you should:

Avoid sugary snacks and drinks between meals and at bedtime.

Avoid sticky, chewy or hard sweets, mints and sugared chewing gum.

Avoid fizzy drinks, including diet drinks and large amounts of fruit juice.

Hard or chewy foods such as apples, carrots and crusty bread can damage your brace. Avoid them or cut them up first.

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Metal Braces - FAQ

a Can I remove the brace?

The brace is fixed (‘glued’) to the teeth for the duration of your treatment. You should not try to remove it, as you may damage your teeth and the treatment will not work.

a How long will treatment take?

Usually about 12-30 months but this will vary depending on how severe your tooth problem is. Missed appointments or repeated breakages of the brace will add to your overall treatment time and could lead to failed treatment.

a Will I need to wear anything in addition to the fixed brace?

Once the active phase of your treatment has finished, it will be necessary to wear a retaining brace. This may be removable or it may be fixed/glued behind your front teeth. Retention is lifelong. Teeth may return to their original position any time after the brace is removed, if retainers are not worn.

a How often will I need an appointment?

You will need regular appointments (usually every 5-8 weeks) during treatment for the brace to be adjusted.

a What if I play sports?

It is recommended that you wear a gum shield. This will also be the case if you take part in activities requiring a protective helmet e.g. camogie, hurling, horse riding.

a What if I play a musical instrument?

Fixed train track braces generally do not impact playing musical instruments. You can discuss this further with your music teacher and orthodontist. Download an advice sheet on this subject from

a What do I do if my brace breaks or I lose it?

Ring up for an appointment as soon as is reasonably possible. Do not wait for your next appointment. You may be advised to attend sooner than your next routine appointment depending on what stage in treatment you are in as the breakage may slow your treatment or result in damage to your teeth. If you repeatedly break your brace, your treatment may be stopped early.

The above information has been taken from: The British Orthodontic Society website:

Brushing your Teeth with Braces

It is important that you brush your teeth well for at least 3 minutes, 2-3 times a day.

Use fluoride toothpaste (1300-1500ppm).

Bring your toothbrush to school or work for use after lunch.

Brushing may take a little longer when you have a fixed brace so take your time.

Ensure that you brush above the brace/bracket, on the brace/bracket and below the brace/bracket.

Interdental cleaning- it is possible to clean in between the teeth using interproximal brushes (such as Tepe brushes) or super floss.

Use a single tufted brush to clean in between the brace.

Use alcohol-free fluoride mouthwash once daily, ideally anytime other than directly after brushing. This will help to maintain fluoride protection. Avoid eating or rinsing for 20 minutes after use.

Frequent sugary snacks and drinks plus poor oral hygiene will lead to permanent damage to your teeth.

How much do Braces cost?

Prices vary depending on the treatment you need. Please discuss this with your dentist during your assessment. At Colm Smith Dental we provide our patients with the knowledge and expertise needed to get the best results.

Our pricing is competitive, and our dentists are highly skilled. Please see our price list below or call one of our practices in Cootehill and Monaghan to find out more.

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