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Orthodontics in West Heath Birmingham

Caring for Removable Appliances


    Eat sensibly avoiding hard or sticky foods.
  • Eat more slowly, carefully and only eat foods which you can cut up well first (= most things - you do not starve!)

  • Do not eat chewing gum-toffees-hard sweets-hard crusts whole carrots, apples, etc. They may bend and break wires.

  • This will slow down treatment.

  • Avoid fizzy drinks - sweet drinks - fruit juices - sweets - sugar. They can dissolve surface enamel and cause permanent damage to teeth.


  • It is essential to keep the teeth and the appliance clean at all times.

  • Plaque and food debris will, if left around the teeth and gums, cause swelling, and redness of the gums and they may bleed and become sore or painful.

  • Permanent damage to the tooth enamel can occur if the teeth and brackets are not kept clean. The enamel will decalcify leaving unsightly white marks.

  • Clean your teeth and brace four times a day. Morning, mid-day, tea-time, and bed-time.


Coloured Brace
You will need brushes and toothpaste. Additional items are also recommended. The ideal way to start is to buy a cleaning solution, good quality toothbrush which should be replaced every two months, and also a travel brush for taking to school. An egg timer to indicate the minimum time that cleaning should take, floss and disclosing tablets, wax to protect any sensitive areas in the mouth and a mouth mirror are also useful.

We also recommend using a Fluoride gel for brushing the teeth at least one time a day and a fluoride rinse once a week. This will help to prevent damage.

Important Note

Treatment will certainly be discontinued in the event that you miss three appointments during any course of orthodontic treatment.

We reserve the right to discontinue treatment after two failed appointments if we feel that this has created additional problems.If you need to change an appointment it is essential that you give us proper notice.It is your responsibility to ensure that you make your appointments for times when you do not have conflicting commitments.
Business Hours

Monday to Friday

Open 08.45 - 17.00

Closed for lunch 13.00 - 14.00

Listen to the answerphone message out of hours for advice.

Contact Us

0121 476 6218
0121 475 6492

Out of Hours
Call NHS 111

Where We Are

Addison Dental Practice
31, Redhill Road
West Heath
B31 3JS

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