Appliances should be cleaned by regular brushing around and between the brackets at least four times a day, especially after meals. Use an interdental brush to clean under the wires. We recommend a fluoride mouthwash is used daily. If the appliance is not kept clean it can lead to decay or permanent staining of the teeth.
Our nurses will guide you through a programme on how to look after your appliances. Private patients are provided with a care pack and an electric toothbrush.
Chewing gum, sticky sweets, crusty bread or any other hard foods should be avoided. Food such as apples should be cut up into small pieces before eating. Fizzy drinks must also be avoided. These contain acids, which can damage your teeth, especially if they're not kept spotlessly clean.
These removable braces are designed to hold the bottom teeth forward. This moves the lower jaw forward a little and, at the same time, pulls the upper front teeth back. This brace should be worn full-time in order to work properly and only taken out when eating or playing a contact sport.
You may experience some discomfort for a few days. If necessary you can take painkillers – please read the label and make sure you take the correct dosage. With these appliances, perseverance is required. Remember the more you wear it, the better and quicker your results will be.
When you remove your brace, always place it in plastic container, which you can purchase from the practice. Never wrap it in a tissue, as you may forget about it and accidentally throw it out. You can clean your appliance with cold water, toothpaste and your toothbrush.
At the end of treatment you'll be provided with a removable retainer to help keep the new alignment of your teeth. If you don’t wear your retainer, teeth can quickly move back to their original positions and all the hard work will be undone.
Retainers can be kept clean by using cold water, toothpaste and your toothbrush. Never used hot water as this will distort them. A solution called ‘Retainer Brite’ can also be used to clean your retainers thoroughly. This can be purchased at reception.
Some people may have a ‘bonded retainer’ fitted at the end of treatment. This is a permanent wire which is fitted to the inside of the teeth and cannot be seen. It stays on indefinitely and will also keep the alignment after treatment. Good hygiene is required with this to avoid any problems. Take care when brushing and with what you eat. If this breaks it is very important that you contact the practice to have this repaired as quickly as possible.