BRACE PROBLEMS

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. If it is painful, we are happy to see you urgently. The offending part could be covered with orthodontic wax, Babybel wax or chewing gum temporarily. At the weekend or if you are on holiday, please carry out any emergency treatment necessary to make you more comfortable - through an emergency dentist or DIY using nail clippers to cut long wires if possible. If there has been an accidental injury to your mouth or face, resulting in a severe breakage or a knock to your teeth, you may need to go straight away to a hospital A&E. Don't worry about the brace itself, we will fix it as necessary.




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. If the wire is long at the back because it has popped out of the last tube, you can try to re-insert it with tweezers or try to tuck it out of the away under the bracket. If the last metal bracket has broken, the long wire will protrude into the cheek. It can be cut in an emergency or the broken bracket can be re-fixed on the tooth by us. You can try using nail clippers to cut the thinner flexible wires placed in the early stages of treatment. You may need an emergency appointment with us or an emergency dentist. Your brace can be fixed by us at any time after the event.





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.

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. If it is painful, we are happy to see you urgently. The offending part could be covered with orthodontic wax, Babybel wax or chewing gum temporarily. At the weekend or if you are on holiday, please carry out any emergency treatment necessary to make you more comfortable - through an emergency dentist or DIY using nail clippers to cut long wires if possible. If there has been an accidental injury to your mouth or face, resulting in a severe breakage or a knock to your teeth, you may need to go straight away to a hospital A&E. Don't worry about the brace itself, we will fix it as necessary.




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. If the wire is long at the back because it has popped out of the last tube, you can try to re-insert it with tweezers or try to tuck it out of the away under the bracket. If the last metal bracket has broken, the long wire will protrude into the cheek. It can be cut in an emergency or the broken bracket can be re-fixed on the tooth by us. You can try using nail clippers to cut the thinner flexible wires placed in the early stages of treatment. You may need an emergency appointment with us or an emergency dentist. Your brace can be fixed by us at any time after the event.





RETAINERS TIPS