Fixed appliances… do’s & don’ts
Avoid chocolate, boiled or chewy sweets, toffees, etc. If chewing gum ensure it is sugar free. Avoid biting hard crunchy foods such as ice, crusty bread/pizzas crusts, chewing pens, etc. Hard foods such as apples should be cut into small bite size pieces.
Avoid fizzy drinks, sports drinks and flavoured water, including diet varieties. Fruit juices and diluting juice still have acidic content so these should be avoided. Water and plain milk are best.
Tooth brushing is very important and should be done at least 3 times a day, and after eating. Your toothbrush should be taken to school/work, or whenever you go out.
A fluoride mouthwash should be used on a daily basis at a different time to brushing. Disclosing tablets should be used on a weekly basis.
A Spiral toothbrush is useful for cleaning in between brackets where a normal toothbrush can’t always reach and should be used twice daily. Insufficient cleaning of your brace and teeth will lead to permanent marking of your teeth.
Take the retainer out to clean your teeth, gently brush the retainer after removing. Do not use toothpaste on your retainer and do not use hot water when cleaning your retainer. The retainer should be cleaned using Retainerbrite 1-2 times a week.
Do not repeatedly click your retainer in and out with your tongue as this will loosen the retainer and could result in your teeth moving out of position. For all contact sports a gum shield must be worn.
You may experience some discomfort when your brace is first fitted and again when the brace is adjusted. Painkillers that are normally taken for a headache can be taken. The inside of your lips and cheeks may be sore but wax or sugar free chewing gum can be used to relieve the discomfort.
For all contact sports, i.e. Rugby, a gum shield should be worn.
If your brace breaks or is giving you severe prolonged discomfort, don’t wait for your next routine appointment, get in touch to arrange a sooner visit. If your regular appointment is within 1 week then it is ok to leave until then.
Frequent breakages will increase the length of your treatment. If the brace is very badly damaged treatment may be discontinued or a charge may be applied to replace the brace.
You need to carry on seeing your regular dentist for check-ups throughout your Orthodontic Treatment.