Removable appliances are specially made by a skilled technician for your mouth. They deserve to be handled with the utmost care!
When fitting the appliance into your mouth, you must take great care to ensure that the springs are placed in the correct positions. Once you are sure, the appliance can be fully seated.
How often should I wear my removable appliance?
Unless otherwise instructed, your removable appliance should be worn at all times – 24 hours a day, seven days a week including for eating. In most cases eating with the appliance inserted is of particular importance with regard to treatment success. It is not an optional extra!
When you are wearing your brace do not play with it in your mouth (such as clicking it up and down). This can break your brace and has the effect of annoying your friends and relatives!
How do I remove my brace?
When removing your brace, always use the clips at the back. This will help prevent damage to the delicate wires that move your teeth.
We recommend removing your brace after each meal and cleaning your teeth. You will need to clean your brace by running it under cold water with a toothbrush and then replace it back in your mouth.
Fixed braces are cemented onto the teeth and should only be removed by your orthodontist.
Due to the fact they remain in the mouth for the duration of treatment they must be cleaned on a regular basis by the wearer.
How do I clean my Fixed Braces?
Appliances should be cleaned by regular brushing around and between the brackets at least three times a day, especially after meals. Brush Next to the gums. Between the brackets. A fluoride mouth rinse is recommended on a regular basis.
Failure to keep the appliances clean can lead to progressive decay of permanent staining of the underlying teeth.
Sticky toffee, chewing gum, hard crusty bread, toast, pizza or any hard or excessively fibrous foods, should be avoided. Food such as apples should be cut up into small pieces before being chewed gently on the back teeth.
Fizzy drinks are also best avoided. These contain acids which can damage your teeth, especially if they are not kept meticulously clean around the appliance brackets. However, if you must, drink through a straw. This keeps the acids away from your teeth!
What should I do if I break my appliance?
If you break your appliance this is likely to increase the length of treatment, In addition you will need an extra visit to have the appliance repaired, which will involve you and your family additional time and cost.
Congratulations, your teeth are now straight!
Although your teeth look nice now it will take at least 6 months to ensure that they do not start to go crooked again.
Here are our tips to maintaining straight teeth;
- Wear your retainer(s) EVERY NIGHT in bed.
- Only clean with COLD WATER – you can use your toothbrush and toothpaste.
- When you are not wearing the retainer(s) keep it somewhere safe. (Retainer boxes are available to buy at the reception desk)
- If you lose your retainer(s) there is a charge under the National Health Service regulations of approximately £40.00 per retainer to replace them.
- If the retainer(s) does not fit because you have not worn it and your teeth have moved you will also have to pay for a replacement.
- We recommend booking an appointment after three months’ time and bring your retainer with you so your dentist can ensure your teeth are still straight
- We recommend the use of an interspace brush in addition to your normal toothbrush. Particular attention should be paid to the areas between the gums and the brackets.
We recommend the use of an interspace brush in addition to your normal toothbrush. The interspace brush can prevent the build-up of plaque and food particles in areas a normal toothbrush cannot reach. Particular attention should be paid to the areas between the gums and the brackets.
Healthy teeth and gums.
Shows terrible oral hygiene. Plaque is constantly forming on our teeth. Plaque consists of mucin, found in saliva and oral bacteria which adhere to the mucin.
This picture which reveals how
plaque there is by using a
Some swelling of the gums and there
is also plaque which cannot really
be seen because it is white.
Teeth covered with plaque.
These are disclosing tablets.
These are available at the surgery and
can be purchased at most chemists.
Orthodontic brushes provide a longer filament head to improve access around appliances.
- Use gentle but direct brushing to include the appliance and tooth surfaces.
- Interdental brushes clean simply and effectively around brackets and wires.
- Simple adaptation of the brushes helps clean tooth surfaces and the appliance.
- Single tufted brushes are useful for the difficult to access sites.
- Filaments can be splayed onto the tooth surface and under the gum margins.