We kindly ask that all patients follow the guidelines set out below before, during and after treatment

Before treatment
  • Attend all scheduled appointments or cancel them with at least 24 hours notice.


  • Follow any and all oral hygiene guidance provided by your regular dentist prior to treatment. Failure to do so may result in unsatisfactory oral hygiene that restricts treatment.

During treatment
  • If you are requested to wear any appliances or elastics as part of your treatment then please do so.


  • Contact us immediately if you have any problems with your braces or if you think they may be broken or damaged in any way.


  • Do not tamper with your braces or braces or attempt to adjust them at home.


  • It is imperative that your diet and oral hygiene is strictly controlled to minimise decay, staining, gum disease and damage to braces. If the brace is not cared for as instructed then NHS guidelines require us to remove your brace which will only leave you the option to continue treatment on a private basis.


  • Avoid chewing with your front teeth and use less force when chewing as this will cause the brackets to break and shear off.


  • Between your brushing in the morning and evening try to rinse your mouth with a flouride rinse after eating. 


  • Diet should be restricted to soft foods to discourage chewing. Suggestions include well cooked (eg boiled) vegetables, fish, pasta and rice. Meat dishes are not encouraged but if necessary then it is important that the meat is tender, flakes and cut into small pieces to reduce necessary chewing. Suggestions include soups or stews.


  • Avoid sweets, toffees, chocolate, chewing gum, juice and fizzy drinks. Avoid sweetened water or fizzy water. In addition avoid foods with a crunchy texture such as toast, crackers, crusty bread, pizza, nuts and hard fruits such as apples.


  • If juice or fruit is desired then it is recommended to wait to consume it with the next major meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) to limit the instances of chewing throughout the day.


  • Brush teeth prior to eating or 30-40 mins after eating. This massively reduces the chances of you reducing the enamel coating of your teeth (due to excess acidity in your mouth) during treatment. 

After treatment


  • Continue to schedule and attend appointments with your regular dentist to review your general oral health.


  • Continue to follow the good oral hygiene practices that you have used throughout treatment, they will ensure a healthy smile and mouth for years to come.


Patient conduct


Osborne Orthodontics will not tolerate any form of abusive behaviour towards any members of staff or other patients. If our team determine that you are abusive in any manner then you will be told to leave the premises and you may not be able to return for treatment.



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