When the brace is first fitted:
The teeth will feel tender for the first few days. This usually settles between 3-14 days. You can take a mild painkiller, the type that you would normally take for a headache.
The mouth and gums will also become sore after the brace is fitted. You can use wax or silicone on the brace to relieve any discomfort. Try to dry the brace first to help the wax stick to the brace.
Cleaning the Brace
With braces on, your teeth are more difficult to clean. Do not leave food on your braces. Brushing your teeth properly after every snack and meal will reduce the risk of decay and gum disease in addition to brushing your teeth every morning and night.
When brushing with fluoride toothpaste, do not rinse at the end of brushing, just spit any excess toothpaste out. You can use a daily 0.05% Sodium fluoride mouthrinse at a time other than brushing, to reduce the risk of permanent white marks appearing on the teeth.
Have your toothbrush available to brush after meals as well as at your orthodontic visits. You can use disclosing tablets or solution to check if your teeth are clean.
Interdental brushes are invaluable for keeping the brace clean. Your orthodontist will show you how to use these around the brace at the brace fitting appointment. Interdental brushes are available from St. James dental practice and most supermarkets and chemists.
Eating and drinking
Eating hard food or biting on large pieces of food may dislodge the brackets or bands and damage the wires.
Avoid eating nuts and biting on nails or pencils. Cut hard vegetables or fruits into small pieces before eating them.
Avoid food and drinks with high sugar content such as sweets and soft drinks as these can cause permanent white marks around the brace.
If you are wearing elastics as part of your treatment, you will need to wear them as instructed by your orthodontist. You can take a photo with your smart phone if you are concerned you may forget how to wear them. If you run out of elastics please telephone the practice and we can post some out to you.
Routine Dental Care
It is very important that you maintain your routine dental and hygiene appointments during your orthodontic treatment.
Sometimes a bracket or wire can become loose. If you experience problems between appointments please telephone the practice for advice or an extra appointment. Please telephone the practice on 01962 865560.