have a functional brace you may
have some questions you would like
What is a
A functional appliance is a removable brace that works on the upper and lower
teeth at the same time.
How much do
I need to wear the brace?
The number of hours per day that
you are expected to wear the brace
will be explained to you. For the
treatment to work it is important you follow
these instructions. With the correct number of hours of wear you may find the
improvement in the position of’ your teeth can be quite dramatic.
Will it be
It is likely to be sore for about 3-5 days each time the brace is
adjusted. If necessary, painkillers such as the ones you would normally
take for a headache, may help (please read the instructions on the packet).
If there is an obvious area of soreness as a result of the brace, ring for
an appointment as soon as is reasonably possible.
If possible, do not stop wearing the brace or else you will have to go through
the 3-5 days of discomfort all over again when you start wearing it
How else might
it affect me?
Your speech will be different. Practice speaking with the brace in place e.g. read
out aloud at home on your own, and 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 and will
Can I eat normally?
You may not be able to eat with your functional appliance in place. You will
be advised about this. If you have been told to take it out for eating, make
sure it’s placed in a tough plastic box for safekeeping. A suitable
box will be recommended to you. For your orthodontic treatment to work well
and in the shortest possible time it is important you take care of your teeth
and brace. In order to prevent damage to both, you should avoid the following:
boiled sweets, sugared chewing
gum, chocolate bars, etc.
- Fizzy drinks
including diet drinks, excessive
amounts of fruit juice.
It is important you brush well three times per day and use a fluoride toothpaste.
If possible carry a brush with you for use after lunch. Take the brace out
to clean your teeth. You should also gently brush the brace, taking care not
to damage the wires.
A daily fluoride mouth
rinse should be used last thing at
night, after tooth brushing. Failure
to keep your teeth and brace clean
will lead to permanent scarring of
Can I remove
The brace you are now wearing is removable but should only be removed for cleaning,
unless you are otherwise advised. When it is not in your mouth it should be
in its protective box. Do not click the brace in this. Failed and cancelled
appointments or repeated breakages of the brace will add to this overall treatment
will I need appointment?
You will need regular appointments during treatment for the brace to be adjusted.
Do I still
need to see my regular dentist?
Yes. It will be important you still
have checkups with your regular
dentist throughout orthodontic
treatment so that your teeth earl
be checked for decay.
What do I
do if I play contact sports?
You should wear a gum shield instead
of your functional appliance when
you play contact sports. This will
also be the case if you enjoy riding
a bicycle, roller-skating or skateboarding.
When not in your mouth the brace
should be in a protective box.
What do I
do if my brace breaks?
Ring up for an appointment as soon as is reasonably possible. Do not wait for
your next routine appointment as the breakage may slow your treatment, or may
result in damage to your teeth. If you repeatedly break your brace treatment
may be stopped.