Foods to Avoid
This list of foods is only a guide. There are other foods that you may find in your diet which you must avoid eating whilst in orthodontic treatment!
Avoid eating these foods the whole time you are wearing braces...
Avoid biting into these foods the whole time you are wearing braces...
Braces generally have to be adjusted every 6 or 7 weeks during the course of treatment. It is important that you keep these adjustment appointments or else treatment can be delayed considerably.
Missing out on school
It is impossible to undertake a full course of orthodontic treatment without missing out on some schooling. Adjustment appointments are scheduled so that as many people as possible can be seen before and after school hours. This means that if you are due for one of our occasional longer appointments then it may need to be scheduled during the day. Missing out on school time for an orthodontic appointment is an accepted excuse, but only for the duration of the appointment (plus travel time).
If the orthodontist is running late
Please accept our apologies. We make every effort to avoid running late but not every complication can be foreseen. If we are too late for you, please ask to reschedule your appointment. Alternatively use the telephone to advise others, who are depending on you, that you have been delayed.
When you are fitted with your braces, you may experience some pain or discomfort due to parts of the appliance rubbing against your gums and the side of your mouth.
There are various ways that you can manage the discomfort that your braces are causing and it’s likely that your orthodontist will run you through these methods at the time of treatment.
If the pain is general pressure pain and not an abrasion to your mouth or gum then you may want to chew sugar-free gum, that will stimulate your teeth and limit the amount of pain your are feeling.
If an ulcer or abrasion does develop because of rubbing then it’s best to use dental wax that you apply to the brace that’s causing you pain and discomfort. Your orthodontist will provide you with this wax when your braces are put on.
Maintaining oral hygiene
Here at Embrace Orthodontists our team are dedicated to ensuring you are educated about your treatment from the very beginning to the very end.
We will arrange an appointment for you with our treatment coordinator that will guide you through the do’s and don’ts of maintaining good oral hygiene with braces.
You will still brush your teeth, even with braces but there are other methods, which you are instructed to carry out to ensure that when your braces are removed that there isn’t any damage.
It’s not uncommon for the wires and bands on your braces to come loose. If this happens it’s important to get in touch with us as soon as possible so that we can arrange an appointment for the wire to be secured.
If you are not able to attend the practice within a couple of days there is a temporary fix that you can employ. Simply use the back of a spoon to gently push the wire back down into place.
Braces need adjustments and these appointments generally occur every 6-7 weeks. It is crucial that you don’t miss these appointments because the adjustments are what cause your teeth to move.
Playing sport with braces
You can definitely still play sport when being treated with braces. We do recommend though, that you wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth and braces from accidental knocks during sport.
Regular dental check-ups
It is of prime importance that all teeth are free from decay before orthodontic treatment is started. It is a wise procedure to make an appointment every six months, even during orthodontic treatment, to allow your general dentist to check for any new decay or potential problems. At the end of your active treatment it is essential that you continue the regular established visits to your dentist.
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