have a removable brace you may have
some questions you would like answered.
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 (telephone number overleaf). 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 once more.
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
Yes you should be able to eat normally. It is important you keep the brace
in whilst eating unless you are otherwise instructed. Although it may be difficult
at first, eating with the brace in place will become easier with time. After
each meal remove the brace and rinse it thoroughly.
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 avoid damage to both,
you should try to avoid the following:
- Toffees boiled
sweets, sugared chewing gum,
chocolate bars, etc.
- Fizzy drinks
including diet drinks, excessive
amounts of fruit juice.
- Hard foods
which might damage the brace
such as crunchy apples, crusty
bread rolls, etc.
Hard foods can be
eaten with care if you cut them up
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 although be used last
thing at night, after tooth brushing.
Failure to keep your
teeth and brace clean will lead to
permanent scarring of your teeth.
Can I remove
Yes but you should only remove it for cleaning. Do not repeatedly click the
brace in and out with your tongue as this will break the wires and increase
the length of time the treatment will take.
How Long will
It usually takes 6 - 24 months but will vary according to how severe your case
is. Failed and cancelled appointments, or repeated breakages of the brace will
increase the length of time the treatment will take.
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 can
be checked for decay.
I do contact sports?
You should to wear a gum shield instead of your removable appliance when you
play contact sports. This will also be the case if you enjoy riding a bicycle,
roller-skating or skateboarding. You will be advised about this. When not in
your mouth the brace should be in a protective box.