Congratulations! You have now started your orthodontic treatment with Sydney Smile Specialists. We encourage you to please take the time to read the following information and ask us any questions you may have in relation to your treatment. We hope your journey to an improved smile is a positive one and we look forward to working with you to achieve your ideal result.
Now that your braces are on, you may find:
- You have more saliva – This will settle down in a couple of days
- Discomfort from your teeth starting to move – Use your usual pain relief medication as required and eat a soft diet
- Irritation to the inside of the lips and cheeks – Place wax over the bracket or wire causing irritation. Use salt water rinses twice daily to heal ulceration if present.
- Salt water mouth rinses: Stir one teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water. Swish around mouth and spit out
- Pinch off a piece of wax
- Dry the bracket/wire surface with a tissue
- Roll wax into a ball and press it over the bracket
- Swallowing the wax will not cause any problems
- It is important to only use wax when needed to allow your cheeks & lips time to adjust to your new braces
Avoid hard and sticky foods
Fizzy drinks and cordial in moderation
No biting into foods which may cause a breakage. I.E. Nuts, hard chocolate, carrots
Cut hard foods like apples and meat into small bite size pieces
3) Cleaning teeth and braces:
It is important to brush your teeth at least twice per day, morning and night. Brushing your teeth regularly after meals and after eating sugary foods helps to prevent plaque build up which can cause decay.
4) Clean your teeth
- Using a soft toothbrush throughout your treatment, making sure you brush above and below each brace using a small circular motion. Brush the insides of your teeth, the biting surfaces and your tongue
- Flossing in between your teeth helps to remove plaque build up in hard to reach places
At each visit we will check your oral hygiene and guide you on your brushing techniques.
5) Have you brushed your teeth before your appointment?
It is important that you brush your teeth before being called into the surgery so that we can adequately assess your treatment progress and continue to provide you with the best care. Poor brushing can result in tooth decay and gum disease, both of which are preventable with good oral hygiene practice.
6) Have you seen your dentist lately?
We can not stress enough the importance of seeing your dentist every six months for regular checks and clean.
7) Do you play sport?
If you play contact sport, a mouth guard should be worn. You will need to bring your mouth guard with you to each appointment as it may need adjusting as your teeth move throughout treatment.
8) Emergencies related to orthodontic appliances
Broken or disturbed appliances are likely to occur from time to time during your orthodontic care. If there is a disturbance, such as loose bands, broken brackets or protruding wires, call our office as soon as possible so we can evaluate the urgency of the problem and schedule your emergency visit accordingly. It may be necessary for emergency appointments to be made during work or school hours.
Remember: If you have any emergencies we are here to help you and provide the best possible treatment available.
9) Direct injuries to the mouth and teeth
Following a direct injury to your mouth or teeth, whether or not you are undergoing orthodontic care, you should be seen by your regular dentist as soon as possible. Usually an x-ray of the tooth involved is needed to ascertain the extent of any injury. If a tooth has been knocked out, severely displaced or fractured, it is best to first contact your family dentist, since we may not have the necessary materials needed to treat these injuries. If the orthodontic appliances are dislodged or displaced, we will need to replace or adjust them as soon as possible after any other emergency treatment has been performed by your regular dentist.
– Wire sticking in or sharp point on the appliance – Roll some wax provided into a small ball. Dry the area as best you can and mould it over the sharp tip.
– Ulcers or cheek abrasions – You will need to prevent the irritation by using the wax first of all. To assist with healing, use salt water mouth rinses regularly to speed up healing time and prevent infection. To assist with any pain associated, use some numbing
gel (Teething gel for babies will work as well), or go to your local chemist and ask for specific ulcer ointments.
Please call our office immediately after seeing your family dentist. If you are unable to reach your family dentist or an alternative emergency facility, call this office and we will assist you.
Randwick: 02 93985255