Wearing braces doesn’t have to interfere with your lifestyle but it is important to look after them as any issues could prolong your treatment time.
Here are 10 top tips for avoiding problems:
- Keep all your appointments.
It is important that we see you regularly (normally every 8 weeks) so your treatment progresses smoothly. Missed or irregular appointments are likely to lengthen your treatment or, worse still, lead to problems.
- Brush carefully 3 times per day.
Poor brushing will lead to a build up of plaque causing bleeding gums and decay.
- Avoid sugary snacks and drinks.
Eating and drinking these between meals can cause decay.
- Avoid hard or sticky foods.
These are the foods we recommend you avoid while wearing braces as they can break the brackets.
- Don’t bite your fingernails or chew pens.
These kinds of activities can damage your braces and prolong treatment time.
- Don’t fiddle with your brace.
If your braces are bothering you, contact the practice.
- Wear a mouthguard.
If you’re playing contact sports, remember to wear a mouthguard.
- Look after your retainers.
Don’t forget to keep your removable brace or retainers in a brace box when out of your mouth.
- Contact us with any problems.
Let the practice know if you have a problem – please don’t just leave it to the next visit.
- See your family dentist.
Keep regular check-ups with your family dentist throughout your treatment journey.
Please contact the practice if something happens to your brace. We will give you advice or arrange to see you as soon as possible to resolve the problem. If the practice is closed, please leave a message or email and we will get back to you as soon as we re-open.
There are very few things that can happen during orthodontics that can be classified as a real emergency requiring immediate attention. Nearly everything such as a broken bracket or wire can be dealt with during normal opening hours. However, in the unlikely event that you do need urgent attention (outside of practice opening) please contact the Emergency Dental Service: 01243 831790. Jubilee Dental Centre, St Richards Hospital, Spitalfield Lane, Chichester PO21 6SE.
NB This service is by appointment only.