Frequently Asked Questions

How long do braces have to be worn?

The average treatment duration depends on your individual treatment need. The total duration may be between 6 months and 2,5 years, but depends on various factors, which your orthodontist will address during the treatment plan discussion.

Which braces are used at Strydom Orthodontics Inc?

Please refer to the section different braces and take a look at the braces Dr Strydom uses.

Does it hurt to place braces?

No. Special glue is used to attach the brackets to your teeth. A gentle pressure is applied to teeth in order to move them into the desired positions and this will result in some form of discomfort, which varies from patient to patient. It usually does not persist for more than 4 days. Ibuprofen may be taken in extreme cases but should be limited and discussed with your orthodontist.


It is also not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces. We will provide you with wax to put over the braces to lessen the tenderness.

Can I continue to play sports with my braces?

Yes. We do advise that patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouth guard when participating in any sports activity. Ask your orthodontist about this during your next visit.

Can I eat with my braces?

Removable braces should be removed during eating.


Fixed braces are no problem at all. You can eat most of the good things that you can eat without braces. Your mouth may be sore after you first get braces, so for the first week or so you may only want to eat softer foods.


Crunchy, chewy, sticky, gooey foods can damage your braces and lengthen treatment time. So, take care before you bite down on hard, crunchy foods like raw carrots, apples, biscuits, pizza crust and hard rolls/buns.

Do I still need to visit my dentist during my orthodontic treatment?

Yes. Continue to visit your dentist every six months for your regular check-ups.

How long do I need retainers?

Forever, or as long as you want straight teeth!



Refer to the table below. If you’re still unsure, call the office. We do have emergency spots set aside in our schedule to enable us to assist when and where needed.

In case of an EXTREME EMERGENCY, such as a trauma or injury, please call our office for instructions.



Pressure point from Removable Brace Call the office to make an appointment. We will adjust the brace accordingly.
Removable Brace is Broken Call the office to make an appointment. Bring the broken pieces with when you visit the office.
Wire Poke Apply wax over the brace or wire that is poking you. Call the office for an appointment to have the wire trimmed.
Broken Bracket/Band Call the office for an appointment to have it repaired. Ask if you can continue wearing rubber bands.
Broken Retainer/Retention Wire Call the office immediately and schedule an appointment.
Need Rubber Bands Call the office and we will mail some to you, or you can stop by to pick them up.


Our aim is to attend to each individual’s treatment needs and use cutting-edge technology and current treatment techniques to create beautiful smiles, optimize function and promote healthy mouths.

Newlands Practice

15 Kildare Road,

Tel: 021 674 6560

Durbanville Practice

10 Church Street,

Tel: 021 300 1702