No. Anything more than very minor discomfort, come back & see us. Your speech will be different. Practice speaking with the brace in place e.g. read out aloud at home on your own, & in this way your speech will return to normal within a couple of days. You may also find yourself swallowing a lot to begin with. This is quite normal & will quickly pass. Yes, keep the brace in for all meal-times. You will struggle for the first couple of days, but persevere & very soon you will hardly notice it! Take the brace out after a meal & rinse it under the tap. Take the brace out in the morning & at night-times, brush the teeth & brush the brace with tooth-brush & tooth-paste. Only for cleaning & contact sports i.e. rugby. For contact sports, e.g. rugby, take the brace out & keep it in a protective box. Put the brace straight back in your mouth afterwards. Usually around six months. Usually about every 8-12 weeks. If you have a problem, ring for an appointment sooner. Yes. It will be important you still have check ups with your regular dentist throughout orthodontic treatment so that your teeth can be checked for decay.