It is normal to have soreness on the cheeks and lips from having a new brace. The teeth are also uncomfortable when you bite or chew. This is only temporary and it will get better in one or two weeks. Please use your wax if the brace is rubbing and stick to soft food.
My fixed brace is broken
If it is NOT painful, eat soft food and eat on a side, away from the breakage to prevent any further damage to the brace. We may wish for you to come in sooner than your next appointment.
My fixed brace is digging into my lips or cheek
Try to use orthodontic wax, Babybel wax or chewing gum to cover the offending part - dry the area first.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR RETAINERS
Retainers are used to maintain the wonderful results achieved by wearing braces.
Teeth can move throughout life so retainers are fitted after the braces are removed and should be worn at night throughout your life to keep your smile beautiful.
What are retainers?
Retainers maintain your straight teeth after the braces have been removed. A clear gumshield is commonly given for night-time wear and sometimes a fixed wire retainer is placed behind the front teeth.
How many years do I need to wear retainers?
There is never a good time to stop wearing them because your teeth will move throughout life. Wear them for as long as you care about the straightness of your teeth.
How often should I wear my retainers?
Wear your removable retainers every night until we advise you otherwise.
How often do I replace my retainers?
Retainers should be replaced if they are broken or loose.
I need (new) removable retainers.
If you want to replace your old ones, please make sure you wear your current retainers for 48 hours night and day, before coming to see us for new impressions/scan of your teeth. Please wear them to the appointment so that your teeth are at their best.
My retainers are not fitting.
Call us urgently, as soon as you notice.
I want fixed retainers.
Fixed (wire) retainers are NOT an alternative to removable retainers. You need both, ideallly.
My fixed retainer is broken.
If you can bear with it, please call us and give us an opportunity to fix it.
10 points to help you keep your smile beautiful !
- Wear your removable retainers alternate nights, at least, even if you have fixed retainers.
Fixed retainers are a good idea but don’t rely on them. They can break if you bite apples & pizza crust.
If your removable retainers are feeling tight, you are probably not wearing them enough.
Please call us, if you feel your teeth are moving or your retainers are not fitting well.
Check your fixed and removable retainers for damage - ask your dentist or hygienist. Keep your removable retainers clean and safe in a retainer box, away form dogs!
Don't forget to take them on holiday or business trips.
Replace your retainers every few years if they are looking tired.
Always keep a spare set of retainers in your cupboard in case they you lose or break a set.
Always have new retainers made on straight teeth. Wear your retainers solidly for for 48 hours before having an impression/scan for new ones.
Retainer need to be worn for life, if you want to keep your teeth straight.