Important advice for removable braces…
- Some tenderness for the first few days is normal.
- Getting used to having the appliance in your mouth may take a few weeks.
- If an ulcer develops on the inside of the lips / cheeks please contact the practice – the brace may need adjustment.
- It is very important to clean your teeth well before wearing the brace to avoid decay, three times a day, using disclosing tablets and mouthwash as it is recommended.
- You may thoroughly brush the brace with your toothbrush and toothpaste each time you clean your teeth.
- To disinfect and soften build-up on the brace it can be soaked in a solution like Retainerbrite following manufacturers’ instructions.
- Remove the brace to eat, clean the teeth, play sports of any kind or playing a wind – musical instrument. Apart from these obvious activities, the brace must be worn 24 hours a day, otherwise treatment will not be successful.
- Sleep with it in place, but clean well before bed.
- Lost or broken appliances may have financial implications and will extend your treatment time and it is to be avoided. All breakages should be reported immediately to the surgery.
- Use a container to keep the brace in when it is not in your mouth and it will minimise loss or breakage.
- Adjust the brace as recommended by the orthodontist to ensure progress is made.