A fixed brace has tiny blocks called brackets (metal or ceramic), which are stuck onto your teeth, and wires are attached to these brackets to move the teeth. Because the brace is fixed to the teeth for the duration of treatment, you should not try to remove it as this may cause damage to your teeth.
A fixed brace can initially cause some soreness and discomfort inside the mouth, which can take 5-7 days to subside. Use the wax given to you by your orthodontist to prevent rubbing of the brace against your tongue and the insides of your lips and cheeks. Your teeth may also ache after the fitting of the brace and after adjustment visits, and you may find that a painkiller (which you normally take for a headache) helps.
Be careful not to damage the teeth and brace by avoiding hard chewy foods as these can cause the brace to break. If the brace breaks repeatedly, your overall treatment time may be lengthened. Please ring for an appointment as soon as is reasonably possible if damage occurs to the brace.
Food and drinks to avoid (to prevent damage to the teeth and brace)
- Snacks and drinks high in sugar especially between meals and just before bed
- Chewy foods e.g. chewing gum, toffees
- Hard foods e.g. apples, crusty rolls (cut these into small pieces before eating them)
- Fizzy drinks and large amounts of acidic fruit juices.
When wearing a fixed brace, your oral hygiene must be excellent. You will be taught how to maintain excellent oral hygiene throughout brace wear. You will also be given the hygiene kit containing all the items necessary for you to keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you don’t look after your teeth and gums whilst wearing a fixed brace, your teeth will become permanently stained with unsightly marks and your gums will become unhealthy.
If you play contact sports, it is advised that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and brace from impact. Such a mouthguard can be provided at Pristine Orthodontics.
Remember, if you have any problems with your fixed brace, please ring Pristine Orthodontics for an appointment as soon as is reasonably possible.