FIXED BRACES

Please bear in mind the results we are trying to achieve with your braces:

  • A good bite and beautiful, straight teeth
  • Undamaged teeth
  • Healthy gums
  • Short treatment time

All the restrictions and advice below will help you achieve these goals.

FOOD TO AVOID

Do not bite into hard fruit such as apples. Cut these into bite sized pieces. As a general rule all food needs to be cut up. Avoid biting down into anything with your front teeth as this may cause the brackets to break.

Do not eat sticky food such as toffees, bubble gum, minties. These may cause breakages.

Reduce intake of sugary food and drinks. Sugar causes tooth decay.

Coke is bad news for teeth – sugar causes decay and acid eat away the enamel.

ORAL HYGIENE

The most important thing is to keep your teeth clean. Use the brushes in your starter kit. After brushing, check that you have done a thorough job, check that the gum margin is completely free from plaque. If you fail to clean your teeth properly you will get bad gums and white spots on your teeth. If your gums are bad and swollen, your treatment will not progress well and it will increase the time that you have your braces on. Bad gums can also cause unnecessary discomfort and cause your breath to smell.

ELASTIC BANDS

These may be introduced into your treatment. You must wear them as instructed. If you fail to wear them, your treatment may not go as planned.

PROBLEMS THAT MAY ARISE

Discomfort and pain: 8-12 hours after the braces have been put on you may experience tenderness of your teeth especially on biting. Eat soft food during this period which usually lasts 3-4 days for children and about 7-14 days for adults. If the pain is bad, take panadols or other painkillers you normally take.

If bite turbos have been placed you may experience pressure on the teeth where they have been placed.

Mouth ulcers: these can develop during the first few weeks especially for those who are prone to them. Apply mouth ulcer cream that you can buy from the chemist. If there is a spot that is irritating on your braces, cushion it with the wax that is provided in your starter kit.

Wire problems: the starting wires are very soft and flexible. Flexibility comes at a cost as these wires can sometimes flick out of the end tubes. If this happens, the sharp bit of wire can be cut off with a nail clipper or you can try and replace if into the tube.

Brackets or tubes detaching:  many studies have shown that if a bracket or tube comes off within 48 hours of placement it is probably due to technical fault such as moisture getting into the cement. If breakage happens after 48 hours then, it is probably due to the patient biting something hard or biting awkwardly to cause undue pressure on the bonds. If something breaks but has not come off the wire and it is not causing you discomfort you can leave it until you can get to see us. Brackets and tubes are very expensive. If any parts of your braces come off, bring them back for examination. Sometimes we can clean and reattach them.

ORAL HYGIENE STARTER KIT

We supply a variety of brushes to help you with keeping your mouth clean. As we do not retail oral hygiene products you will need to go to your local supermarket or chemist for replacement products. Most of the time you may not be able to get the exact brand provided but you will certainly be able to get a similar product under a different brand. If you have problems with getting brushes contact: www.pharmacydirect.com.au

This online outlet is cheap, convenient and stock many types of brushes and oral hygiene products.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Please see your dentist every 6 months for cleaning and normal dental checkups.

  • Brush your teeth after every meal. Always go to bed with clean teeth.
  • Use a fluoride mouthwash daily.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day.
  • Change toothbrushes every 2 months as they can be a source of infection.
  • Please keep your appointments with us. Missing many appointments may cause delays in your treatment.
  • We are here to help you . If anything worries you please call us.

Phone: 08 9354 1080

Mail: [email protected]