How You Can Help
depends on your body’s biological response and it can’t be hurried. Active
treatment usually takes one to two years to conclude. Obviously, you
wouldn’t want your treatment to take any longer! So what can you do to
ensure that your treatment is completed not only successfully, but also in
the shortest possible time?
Listen to advice
Well, the first thing you should do is to listen to your orthodontist’s
and his nurse’s advice carefully when your braces are fitted, and also at
every appointment thereafter. Read any written advice given to you; as
well as the Brace Care Advice section of our website.
Know what to expect
You need to know what normal troubles to expect during the first few days
of having your braces, and that after those first few days, your braces
will become comfortable, and most of the time you will forget they are
Watch what you eat
You need to avoid certain foods and drinks. These include sticky chewy or
hard sweets (e.g. toffee, wine gum, boiled sweets) and chewing gum. Try
not to bite into hard food directly with your front teeth (e.g. crusty
bread, ribs), and cut up harder fruit and vegetables before eating them.
Keep fizzy carbonated cola drinks to a minimum and to meal times only.
Ideally, you should not drink more than 2 glasses of diluted fruit juice
each day, and again keep this to meal times only. Water is the best drink
when you are wearing braces.
Certain habits can damage your teeth as well as your braces, and put the
success of your treatment at risk. These include finger or thumb sucking,
tongue thrusting, nail-biting, pen and pencil chewing, ‘clicking’
removable braces in and out, and touching or picking at your fixed braces.
Stop these habits!
Keep excellent oral hygiene
Keep your teeth clean using the toothbrushes we provide free of charge.
Take your time when brushing, brush over your gum margins and make sure
you have covered every surface of every tooth. Use the fluoride treatment
we provide regularly. Ideally, you need to brush after every meal. Poor
oral hygiene will cause gum disease, tooth decay, and leave permanent
stains on your teeth.
Cooperate with instructions
Wear your removable braces, elastics or headgear as advised. You are
effectively carrying out your own orthodontic treatment by wearing these,
and no progress will be made if your orthodontist’s instructions are not
followed. If you forget what you have been advised, ask!
Keep your appointments
Attending for regular appointments means that your braces are adjusted as
soon as they are ready to be adjusted, and this way your treatment will
progress smoothly and rapidly. This also allows your orthodontist detect
any potential problems and prevent them before it’s too late. Please
contact us if you are unable to keep an appointment so that a new
appointment time can be found for you without any delay, and without
jeopardising the quality of your treatment.
Tell us about problems
Let us know if anything goes wrong, especially if your brace is lost or
damaged and you can’t wear it. We will advise you what to do and whether
you need to make an emergency appointment.
Visit your regular dentist
Regardless of the type of brace you are wearing, you must always see your
regular dentist for six-monthly check ups.
So if you want your braces off as soon as possible, stay positive, and
follow our advice. Your commitment to orthodontic treatment will be a
small price to pay to get that perfect smile!