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Frequently Asked Questions

Will fixed braces hurt?

It can take a few days for your mouth to adjust to your new braces. The teeth may feel achy. To relieve any initial discomfort, you can take a painkiller such as paracetamol or whatever you normally take for a headache

What about rubbing and ulcers?

Your brace care pack contains some wax, which can be placed over any areas of the brace which may be rubbing. Be sure to dry the area carefully first then apply a pea sized amount. If the problem persists or there is a long wire or broken bracket you may need to contact us for an appointment.

Will i need to wear anything additional on my brace?

It may be necessary at some point for you to wear elastic bands between your upper and lower brace. Your Orthodontist will explain how to wear these at your appointment.

Do i need to avoid certain food?

You will need to make some changes to your diet to avoid breaking the brace or causing damage to the teeth (e.g.caries). The team will explain in detail the changes you will need to make at your appointment

AS A GENERAL RULE YOU SHOULD:

  • Avoid sugary snacks/drinks between meals and at bedtime.
  • Avoid sticky, chewy or hard sweets, mints and chewing gum.
  • Avoid fizzy drinks (including diet and energy drinks) and large amounts of fruit juice.
  • Hard or chewy foods – such as apples, carrots and crusty bread – can damage your brace. Avoid them or cut them up first.

What do i do if i break my brace?

Ring up for an appointment as soon as you can, and we will advise you on what to do. Do not wait for your next routine appointment as the breakage may slow your treatment. If you repeatedly break your brace, your treatment may need to be stopped early.

Will i need to wear a retainer?

Once your fixed brace has been removed you will need to wear a retainer to prevent the teeth moving back. You will need to wear a retainer for as long as you want the teeth to stay straight. The team will advise you on how to wear it.

What about my general dentist?

It is important to continue seeing your general dentist for routine care and check ups during your orthodontic treatment.

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