Orthodontic Aftercare

Fixed Orthodontic Appliances
INITIAL DISCOMFORT
  • You may experience some discomfort for a few days after placement or adjustment of your fixed brace. In such a situation any normal painkillers taken for a headache may be used to relieve the symptoms.
  • After initially fitting you fixed brace you may feel that it is rubbing a little into your cheeks. Your cheeks will soon become used to the new brace but until then place small pieces of orthodontic wax over the attachments. This will be demonstrated to you.
  • Speech may be slightly affected but be assured that this only lasts a few days.
EATING
  • You must avoid sticky foods, such as chewing gum and toffee, which can become embedded into the appliance and lead to it detachment.
  • You must limit your intake of sugary foods and fizzy drinks. Excessive consumption may likely to lead to damage of the enamel on your teeth.
  • Avoid hard foods such as boiled sweets which can break the brace. Other foods such as crunchy apples and crusty breads should be cut up before eating. Otherwise you can eat normally.

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ORAL HYGIENE
  • Thorough cleaning of your teeth is even more important with fixed braces and you will need to spend more time on this.
  • Ideally brush three times a day and carry a toothbrush which can be used after eating lunch. Pay close attention to the area where your teeth meet your gums.
  • In addition to tooth brushing it is recommended to use an interdental brush to clean under the brace and between your teeth. This will be demonstrated to you.
  • A fluoride mouthwash is should be used after brushing your teeth at night.
  • Inadequate brushing is likely to lead to damage of the enamel of your teeth.
BREAKAGES
  • During your treatment a component of your fixed brace may break. This may be due to consumption of certain foods or purely as a result of movement of your teeth.
  • If you experience any discomfort from your brace please make an appointment with the practice so that it may be resolved. If there is no discomfort and you are due to attend for adjustment soon, you can wait until that appointment.
ANYTHING ELSE I HAVE TO DO?
  • At certain stages during your treatment you may be asked to wear elastics between your upper and lower brace. These remain inside your mouth and should be worn all the time.
  • Remember looking after your brace and teeth together will speed your treatment and give you a more ideal result.

Removable (and functional) Orthodontic appliances

WEARING THE REMOVABLE BRACE
  • These braces are removable. For the best result they must be worn at all times unless requested.
  • They should be taken out for cleaning your teeth and the brace itself.
  • They should also be taken out if you are involved with any contact sport (e.g. rugby or football) and stored in a secure box.
  • If the brace breaks you should contact the practice to arrange for a repair. DO not wear your removable brace if you are not able to.
HOW WILL THE BRACE FEEL INITIALLY?
  • You are likely to find that speaking is a little difficult for a few days. This will return to normal after a little practice.
  • You may experience some discomfort and produce more saliva initially. Again this reduces after a few days so you must persevere.
LOOKING AFTER THE BRACES
  • Many patients are happy to eat with removable or functional appliances. If you are not able to manage this then it is important to wear the brace after you have eaten and cleaned your teeth.
  • Avoid hard foods such as boiled sweet which can break your brace. Similarly chewing gum and toffee should be avoided as they will stick to your brace.
  • Your consumption of sugary foods and fizzy drinks should be limited to avoid damage to the enamel of our teeth.

Contact Perfect Smile Spa if you have any other questions on 01708 442 114 or email care@perfectsmilespa.co.uk

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