Nothing warms the heart more than a big grin – a genuine smile that bares the teeth, touches the eyes and lights up the lives of those on the receiving end.

You may experience some discomfort for the first few days after your braces are fitted. Panadol (or something similar) should take care of this.

Avoid hard or sticky foods such as toffees, muesli bars, K-bars, crusty bread and meat on the bone. 

Cut or break up hard food like apples, carrots, meat, bread and biscuits. Don't bite into things - break food up and place small pieces on the biting surfaces of your back teeth. Be patient - it will take longer to eat, expecially at first, but before long it will feel completely normal. 

Acidic drinks and foods high in sugar are never recommended, but should be avoided completely while you have braces. The acid in these drinks can erode the enamel on your teeth and cause permanent damage. 

Avoid bad habits like biting your fingernails and chewing on pens and pencils. 

Good oral health is essential to your successful treatment. While your braces are in place you must floss (with Superfloss) and use the small interdental brushes to make sure no food is left on or around your braces. 

You must brush your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and before you go to bed at night. You'll get the best results by using an electric toothbrush, but if you're using a manual toothbrush just take special care to brush every surface. 

Take very good care of your braces, as breakages can substantially effect the length of your treatment.