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After brace fitting

Once your braces are removed, retainers are required to hold your teeth in their new positions. The retention period is an important part of your overall treatment and should not be neglected.

Retainers are usually worn throughout the evenings and night-time and should be continued following any orthodontic treatment. If you want to guarantee your teeth will stay exactly in their new position for the rest of your life, then you will need to wear retainers.

After orthodontic treatment with us, you will receive one set of removable clear plastic retainers, included with your treatment*.

Hidden bonded retainers can also be used. This is where a thin metal wire is fitted to the inside of your teeth, so it’s not visible but holds them securely. The advantages of the fixed retainer are, if you do not remember to wear your removable retainers, you have something still holding your teeth in the correct position or if something happens to your removable retainers, you have peace of mind that your teeth will not relapse, if there is a delay in you replacing your clear retainer. An additional fee applies to the fixed retainer. Please contact us for further details.

*We will see you three months after your brace is removed to assess your retention and retainers and then a year after the brace has been removed.

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Sore teeth

After braces are placed in the mouth it is normal for the teeth to be sore for about 2 or 3 days. Whatever painkillers you would normally take for a headache will help relieve this discomfort.

Some irritation to the cheeks and tongue is also normal, but if you feel anything sharp is poking you or any sores are developing, please call our practice on 01329 284 419.

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Elastics and brace care

Attached to your braces, elastics (rubber bands) exert the proper force that creates the right amount of pressure to move teeth. In order for this force to remain constant, elastics must be worn all the time and changed every day. Any time missed in wearing your elastics will only make your treatment take longer, so remember these things:

  • You are responsible for placing the elastics on your braces between appointments. Make sure to wear them as instructed. Remove them only when brushing your teeth, gums, and braces after meals. Then put them back on immediately.
  • Always carry a few elastics with you, so if one breaks you can replace it right away. If your supply is low, call the practice and we will mail you an additional supply of elastics.
  • If you forget to insert your elastics one day, don’t double up the next day — just follow your regular instructions.
  • Elastics become worn out. When they lose their elasticity, they don’t provide the proper pressure on your teeth and jaws. It is very important to change them as directed, even when they are not broken.
  • If your elastics break frequently, a wire or band loosens, or a hook breaks off — call our practice immediately. Don’t wait until your next appointment. These problems need to be corrected as soon as possible!
Useful aftercare instructions and first aid tips
If a wire causes irritation

Push the wire away from the area using the eraser end of a pencil or a pair of eyebrow tweezers. Do not push the wire with your finger. If the wire cannot be tucked away, cover the end of the wire with a small piece of wax, a cotton ball, or a piece of sugarless gum. Call 01329 284 419 as soon as possible to book an emergency appointment to see David Gale.

If the main wire has come out

If the wire has come out of the tube or pipe on your back molar tooth, attempt to reinsert the wire with a pair of tweezers. If the wire is not sticking, you can place a piece of wax over the area. If the wire is sticking out, and wax does not help, call 01329 284 419 to ask for professional assistance.

In case a rubber spacer falls out

This is not usually an emergency. No action is required but do try to keep the separators in place as they are necessary. Avoid sticky food which could dislodge the separators.

If a bracket becomes loose

It usually remains connected to the main wire by a little rubber-coloured ring. Call 01329 284 419 immediately and ask to have the bracket refitted. A loose bracket can allow the treatment to go backward within a few days. It is your responsibility to check your brackets with a finger each day to ensure that they are properly stuck to each tooth. Eyebrow tweezers can be used to reposition the brace if it flips around the wire and becomes a source of irritation.

If a piece of your braces breaks

Save the piece and immediately call 01329 284 419 to schedule a repair visit.

If you swallow a piece of your appliance

Remain calm. This will usually go into the stomach and pass out of the body in a bowel movement. However, in the unlikely event that difficulty breathing is experienced, you should seek immediate medical attention. X-rays will be taken to determine the location of the swallowed piece.

If a removable brace cracks

Remove the brace from your mouth and bring all the pieces to our practice for professional repair.

If your teeth are sore after a monthly visit

Take painkillers but do not exceed the recommended dosage. Children under 16 years of age should not take aspirin. Rinsing your mouth with a cup of warm water and a teaspoon of salt can also be soothing. If your teeth get sore between visits, give us a call because it is unusual for the teeth to get sore several weeks after your last dental visit.

If you lose your rubber bands

Call us so we can mail you some more or drop by the practice and pick some up.

If food becomes stuck between your teeth

Use dental floss, interspace brush or tepe brush to dislodge the food.

If you cut your gums, tongue, or the inside of your cheek

Apply finger pressure to the bleeding site for several minutes. If the bleeding won’t clot, call your orthodontist.

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