THE ORTHODONTIC CLINIC
01224 611633
9 Golden Square, Aberdeen
FAQ

FAQ

Are Braces Painful?

Having a brace fitted is a painless procedure. It is likely to ache for a couple of days following fitting, normal painkillers can help this. Most problems subside within 48 hours.

How Often Will I Need Appointments?

Fixed braces are generally adjusted every 6 to 8 weeks and it is very important that you attend each appointment.

Should I Visit My Regular Dentist And Hygienist During Treatment?

It is very important to visit your own dentist and hygienist regularly throughout treatment as they still need to monitor the health of your teeth and gums.

Will I Need To Change My Diet Once Braces Are Fitted?

Yes you will need to change your diet to avoid damaging your brace.? If your brace breaks your treatment time will be increase. You will need to avoid all hard or chewy foods for the duration of your treatment. You should also avoid sugary foods, fizzy drinks and snacking between meals.

Do Teeth Move After Orthodontic Treatment?

Yes, teeth will try to move back to their original position once the braces have been removed so it is crucial that you wear the retainers that you will be provided with. If you want your result to remain stable, you should wear your retainers indefinitely. In many cases we also fit a bonded retainer which is fixed permanently to the back of your upper and lower front 6 teeth.

How Do I Care For My Fixed Braces?

It is normal for patients wearing fixed braces to experience some tenderness during the first few days after fitting and after wire changes. Most patients don't find this tenderness a problem, but occasionally a few patients need some help through these early days and paracetamol or ibuprofen can be taken. If part of the brace feels sharp then you should use the relief wax or "Brace-eze" provided. Should this not solve the problem you must telephone the practice for advice. Sometimes a little bit of wire is exposed during treatment and this may need to be trimmed. Don't panic if a piece of the brace breaks. It is seldom an emergency. Just telephone the practice. If the surgery is closed please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.

What About Removable Braces?

The plastic on removable appliances can chip. As long as the brace still fits this is not a problem. Sharp edges can be smoothed using fine sandpaper or an emery board. If a metal component breaks or if broken plastic is uncomfortable you should telephone for an appointment. Please wear the brace as instructed if at all possible until you see the orthodontist.

I've Lost My Retainers!

If you break or lose your retainers you must telephone the surgery immediately on 01224 611633. It may take a few days to mend or replace and the teeth may move in the meantime. The sooner we know that there is a problem the sooner we can sort it out. If you are in doubt, please contact the surgery; do not take chances with your retainers. If you are able to wear your removable retainer(s), try to do this during the daytime only, until you have been seen at the practice. You should avoid wearing a loose or broken retainer during sleep.
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