Advice after fitting
- Immediately 2-4 days after the braces have been fitted to the teeth, toothache may occur, particularly when biting. For this reason, it is advisable to eat mainly liquid foods and to take generally available painkillers, e.g. Panadol, Ibuprom.
- The mucous membranes of the cheeks and lips will be exposed to damage (abrasions and small cuts) in the first few days until the mouth has become accustomed to the presence of the fixed appliance. These discomforts can be alleviated by using a dental paste on the irritated areas or orthodontic wax.
- After fitting of the orthodontic appliance, it is recommended to brush the teeth three or four times a day, after every meal, as well as to rinse your mouth after all snacks.
- Teeth with braces can be cleaned with, among other things, special orthodontic brushes and fluoride rinses. In addition, irrigators are also effective in rinsing out small food debris from those areas that a toothbrush cannot reach.
- At approximately 4 - month intervals, professional teeth cleaning with ultrasound, sandblasting and fluoride varnishing at a specialist orthodontic office is also recommended.
- While wearing fixed braces, it is not advisable to eat sticky foods and especially sweets, such as fudge. In addition, hard foods that can damage the braces, such as pulling off the ring, should also be limited.
- zIt is also advisable to chew gum.
- If a bracket or a band has been dislodged, loose elements will not fall out from your mouth as they have been fitted to the archwire with special ligatures. However, they may move and shift slightly, which will cause discomfort. In such a case, see your orthodontist without delay.
- Orthodontic braces can prove dangerous during certain sports such as mountain biking, skateboarding and various types of martial arts. The use of protective splints is then recommended.