Fixed braces are designed to straighten and align your teeth. We use brackets and different strength wires to achieve a beautiful smile. Putting the braces on is very easy and straight forward, we polish your teeth so they are nice and clean, paint some varnish on them, stick the brackets on individually and then using a special light, we set the glue. The wires are attached to the brackets using elastics and you can choose to have coloured elastics.
We are here to give you as much help as we can. When you have your brace fitted we will show you how to look after the braces, your teeth and gums throughout treatment. We recommend a special cleaning pack and will go through the contents of the pack with you so you know what to do at home. Your cooperation is very important as the brace will be your responsibility – only you can keep the brace clean, look after your teeth and gums by good brushing. You will also need to attend your appointments regularly.
Whilst the braces are on, your diet is very important. We ask you not to chew gum, as this will break your braces. We also ask you to avoid any foods that are chewy and sticky, such as toffees and sweets. We also ask you to avoid fizzy drinks as they can stain your teeth and also cause dental erosion. Cutting down on the sugar in your diet is also advised. We want you to have a lovely smile at the end of your treatment; however your teeth are important to us, if we feel that the instructions we have given are being ignored and there is a potential risk of dental decay/staining/erosion, we will have very little choice but to remove your braces.
We ask you to avoid hard foods such as pizza crusts or hard crisps. If you eat apples please cut them up and eat them on your back teeth , carrots can be grated in to salads, it just means adapting slightly. We have some sample menus in our Brace Friendly Foods section.
What to expect when you wear a brace
It will be a few hours after the braces are put on that you will feel any of the effects. Your teeth will ache and if you feel it necessary we recommend the pain killers that you would normally take for headaches. Ice cold water and ice cream are good as well; it helps to relieve the aching sensation. You will want to stick to a soft diet for the first week or so. Please be aware that your teeth will ache a little after each time it’s adjusted which will be every 6-8 weeks.
Bad habits such as nail biting or chewing pens will damage your brace, we appreciate these habits are not easy to stop but we really do need you to try, so your treatment runs smoothly.
Breakages and problems
If you encounter a problem or break your brace please do not wait until your next appointment, give us a call and we will get you in as soon as possible. When your brace is broken it is not working and will prolong your treatment. Continuous breakages will be monitored and if we feel that your treatment has gone as far as it can, we will remove your braces.
When your treatment has finished and we remove your braces, we will take moulds for retainers. Retainers are the most important part of your treatment, and will stop your teeth from moving. If you do not wear your retainers as instructed your teeth will become crooked again!
Please try to keep your appointments; we will make adjustments to your braces, change your elastics, and change your wires. If you cannot make your appointment please give us at least 24 hrs notice