Getting Started with Braces
You may be having mixed emotions about getting your braces but it’s only natural to feel a mixture of nerves and excitement. The good news is our team are going to help you feel relaxed and comfortable on the day and we are always ready to answer any questions you might have. So really, there’s nothing to worry about and it’s an exciting journey ahead to a beautiful healthy smile!
The appointment when you get your braces fitted will be an hour. After that, one of our dental assistants will show you how to keep your braces clean, what to expect, and share some great tips and tricks with you.
What to expect
At first your braces will feel like they are sticking out. This is completely normal, but it won’t take long for you to adjust to them. We recommend eating softer foods for the rest of the day and for the next few days while your teeth feel a little tender. Everyone is different but to relieve any discomfort you can take over-the-counter pain relief just as you would for a headache. If you have an expander or quad helix speak as much as possible, as this will help your speech return to normal faster.
You may get some soreness developing on the insides of your cheeks/lips. These tissues will toughen up over time, but we encourage you to use wax in the initial phases to avoid mouth ulcers developing.
We’ll show you the correct brushing technique to keep your braces clean.
- If you use an electric toothbrush angle the head to ensure contact with the gum margins and brackets. Hold the brush still and let the oscillating head do the work.
- If you use a manual toothbrush, the technique is the same. However, when cleaning the gum margins, brush in gentle circles and use a scrubbing motion around the brackets.
We recommend brushing three times per day (morning, afternoon and night), spending three minutes brushing each arch (six minutes in total). If you notice your gums are puffy or bleeding, you need to brush more in that area. We also suggest you use interdental brushes to clean under the archwires. You can still floss everyday by threading the floss underneath the wire.
Protecting your braces (sports & musical instruments)
If you play a contact sport such as football, netball, basketball, martial arts, etc. we can provide you with a mouthguard for protection.
If you play a musical instrument, we can issue you with a comfort cover to place over your braces.
To ensure your braces work in their expected timeframe it is essential you avoid any foods that are chewy, sticky or hard. We also recommend limiting soft drinks, juices and sports drinks as they are high in sugar content and/or very acidic. If you use a drink bottle, it is best to use a straw top as the pop top kind can break braces.
Check out our foods list as a guide.
Coming in for your appointments
When you come in for your appointment sign in on the computer (Belconnen) or let our receptionist know you’ve arrived. We ask that you arrive on time or preferably early for your appointments. If you are going to be five minutes late, please call us as we may need to reschedule. However, we will try our best to see you. Likewise, if you have a broken bracket we need to know prior to the appointment to ensure we have the time to fix it. Appointment times vary depending on the type of treatment you need (eg. 5 min, 10min, 15min etc).
We also have tooth brushing stations that you are welcome to use prior to your appointment.
Feel free to contact our friendly team if you have any questions regarding your braces. We are more than happy to assist you along your orthodontic journey.