Existing Patients

Existing patients

As an existing patient you'll already know Cassidy & McCreesh,
in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, provides a top quality service. We're happy to provide you with useful information to help you care for your braces.

Useful information you'll need

Here's all you need to know about looking after your braces. Just in-case there's anything you want to know but don't have the time to come into our clinic, we thought we would put together some useful information for you.

If there's anything else that you want to know or if there's something you're unsure about, feel free to contact us today. Whether you're an existing patient or a new one to our practice in Enniskillen, we're here to help.
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Get in touch with the experts at Cassidy & McCreesh,
in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. We're always happy to provide advice for our existing patients about the care of their braces.

Call 028 6633 6228

Fixed appliances

Are you suffering from initial discomfort or problems with fixed braces? They are designed to be as smooth as possible. However, initial discomfort is not uncommon until your mouth gets used to them.

If the appliance rubs your mouth, wax is available from the practice. A small piece of this should be applied to the part of the appliance which is causing you discomfort. It usually takes a few days for your mouth to adapt to the appliance. After each routine adjustment a little discomfort is also likely. If discomfort continues, please call the practice for an emergency appointment.
If you play contact sports we recommend a gum shield is worn. If you break your appliance it is important to contact the practice as soon as possible for an emergency appointment. Breakages can prolong treatment and undo any previous progress that may have been made.

Cleaning fixed appliances

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.

Functional twin block orthodontic appliances

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.

Retainers

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.
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