INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR FIXED APPLIANCE
OUR AIM IS FOR YOUR TREATMENT TO BE COMPLETED AS WELL AND AS EASILY FOR YOU AS POSSIBLE. FOR THIS TO SUCCEED, YOUR APPLIANCE MUST BE USED EXACTLY AS INSTRUCTED. THE BANDS AND BRACKETS ARE CEMENTED TO THE TEETH FOR THE DURATION OF THE TREATMENT. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THEM YOURSELF.
A normal diet is recommended, but generally cut food up smaller to reduce the chewing required. Never bite hard against the appliance. Sticky or hard sweets and chewing gum are completely banned for the duration of the treatment. Fizzy drinks such as Cola should be avoided.
Food will tend to stick around the teeth more than normal. This may cause decay, or gum infection unless extra care is taken with tooth brushing. Use a small soft toothbrush with the fluoride toothpaste of your choice for cleaning the appliance, teeth and gums. Brush for two or three minutes after every meal, and last thing at night. Pay special attention to each individual tooth and the gum margins.
Loose bands or brackets may occur. If detected, these must be reported immediately. The teeth may be a little tender for a few days when a new wire is fitted. Your usual painkiller may help. Sharp edges or wires may occasionally irritate the lip or cheek. You can buy some soft wax from us to apply as a temporary measure. If you play any contact sport you should wear a gumshield. (We sell one that still allows tooth movement to take place.) If you have problems please ask for an appointment.
THE USE OF ELASTICS
We sometimes use small elastic bands "elastics" to apply a force on the teeth. When elastics are given, they form an essential part of treatment. They must be worn exactly as instructed. Do ask for extra elastics if you run out.
It is essential that you attend all booked appointments.