Orthodontic Aftercare Instructions

We use the very latest orthodontic technology and all of the expertise of our knowledgeable team to help create your perfect smile. With exacting attention to detail throughout the process, we know that you’ll want to do all you can to ensure your smile exceeds your expectations.

 

It’s very important therefore that you follow your dentist’s instructions for care both during and after your treatment. This will help to keep your teeth and gums healthy, protect your braces and cut down treatment time.

What are my responsibilities during orthodontic treatment?

 

Your orthodontist is not responsible for your general dental health and thus it is important that you continue to see your general dentist for regular check-ups, and the hygienist at 3 to 6 monthly intervals or as instructed.

1 Brushing

Rinsing your mouth with water after eating will flush out any food that has become stuck around your braces. You’ll also need to brush your braces after eating – the technique required is a little different to usual brushing so it may take some time to get used to. Your orthodontist will give you detailed instructions and guidance but, if you need any extra help or find you’re struggling to keep your braces clean, just get in touch.

 

It’s best to use an electric toothbrush or a manual brush with soft or medium round bristles. You’ll need to be very thorough and ensure you remove all food from your braces. Brush the gum line and above and below the brackets. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree downward angle on top of the brackets and at an upward 45-degree angle at the bottom of the brackets.

 

If you cannot brush your teeth for any reason, rinse your mouth several times with water (or mouthwash) and brush as soon as possible.

 

You’ll also need to use dental floss (ideally waxed floss) and/or interproximal (interdental) tooth brushes at least once a day, to clean not only between the braces but also under the wires and between the teeth.

 

If you have a removable brace, you’ll need to take it out to clean your teeth. Once you have cleaned your teeth, it should be placed back in your mouth right away.

2 Eating and other habits

We want your treatment to be as successful and comfortable as possible so you’ll need to exercise care when eating to ensure your brace doesn’t get damaged. Our dentists recommend you avoid eating hard, sticky, chewy, crunchy foods as these can damage the appliances and bend the wires, which can lead to results which fall far below the exacting standards we set. You’ll also need to avoid fizzy drinks and fruit juices, nail biting or pen chewing.

3 Breakages

You’ll need to check your brace or retainer every day for signs of damage –a broken device won’t keep your teeth in the correct position and deliver the exacting results you expect. If there is a problem with your braces, simply call us to arrange an appointment. We are not financially responsible for replacements or repairs to appliances or retainers. Please keep in mind that repeated breakages increase the risk and time of treatment beyond acceptable levels and your orthodontist may decide that it’s not possible to complete your journey.

4 Failure to attend

If you are unable to attend an appointment, you’ll need to rearrange or cancel your appointment at least 24 hours beforehand. Appointments that aren’t cancelled within this timeframe will be billable.

5 Adjustments

Depending on the treatment stage and type of braces you have; your orthodontist will request you make regular adjustment appointments. These sessions usually don’t take long and mean your orthodontist can make the adjustments needed to your braces and talk through any questions or queries you may have about your device or treatment plan. Missed appointments are very disruptive to orthodontic treatment, and you may wait a long time to get a new review appointment. If your brace has not been adjusted for longer than 14 weeks, you must contact us as you may have missed an appointment and not realized.

6 Elastic bands

You may be asked to wear elastic bands to help tooth movement. Failure to wear them or wearing them incorrectly can prolong your treatment or affect the result so always follow the advice of your orthodontist. If you aren’t sure what you need to do or have any questions or concerns, our friendly team is just a phone call away.

Please book a review appointment in 2-3 weeks.

Please do not hesitate to call us should you have any questions or concerns

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