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Jun 30, 2011
Category: General
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Read our care tips for Braces. Great info on comfort, oral hygiene, adjustments, diet and problems ad solutions
 

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Jun 30, 2011

Caring for your teeth with Braces


Read our care tips for Braces. Great info on comfort, oral hygiene, adjustments, diet and problems ad solutions
Category: General
Posted by: editor

For your Comfort

  • You will now be quite aware of the feeling of the braces against your lips and cheeks. You will get used to this feeling, and after the first few days this will come quite natural to you.
    Please use the wax as instructed to prevent any further rubbing of the brace, and warm salty mouth rinses may ease the discomfort of any ulcers that may develop over the coming months.
    There will be a pressure feeling on the teeth which may last a few days. You may wish to take some medication as you would take for a headache at this period of time.
    A soft diet will also help in the early stages of the braces being fitted, until the teeth become use to the brace.

For your Oral Hygiene

  • Adequate tooth brushing and flossing is paramount now that the braces are fitted. Please ensure that you brush as per instructed.
    Use the disclosing tablets supplied to self check that you are doing a good job.
    You may also need to carefully consider your diet to avoid consuming acidic food and drink.
    Orthodontic appliances do not cause cavities, but because of their presence, plaque and food particles are retained more readily and the cavity potential is increased.
    It is important to have regular check-ups at your family dentist during orthodontic treatment.