How to care for your brace
Eating the wrong foods can damage or even break your brace. You should avoid sticky, hard, chewy and sugary foods. Chewing-gum is not recommended as it can stick to your brace. Avoid foods such as whole apples (cut them into pieces), raw carrots, boiled sweets, caramels, nuts, French bread and crusty rolls. These foods could break the orthodontic wires and brackets. Nail biting and chewing your pen or pencil can also damage or break your brace.
At first it is best to cut your food into smaller pieces. Food may build up in the brackets and in between your teeth and will need careful cleaning to remove it.
Avoid fizzy drinks and natural fruit juices as these are often high in sugar and can be acidic. This can lead to tooth decay and erosion. Fizzy drinks can also stain the orthodontic brackets. If you do drink fizzy drinks, avoid constant sipping of the drink and use a straw. Water and plain milk are the safest drinks.
If you have discomfort
Your mouth is very sensitive to change and you may experience a small amount of discomfort when the appliance is fitted or adjusted. This is normal and will settle within a few days. Mild painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol can help.
You have lost a bracket
The small brackets that are bonded to your teeth can become loose. If it is a bracket at the back of the mouth this can be left until your next appointment. If you have a bracket at the front of the mouth or multiple brackets then please contact the practice.
Your wire has come out
If the wire comes out of the back brackets you can attempt to reinsert this using a pair of tweezers or
needle-nose pliers. If the wire is sticking into any soft tissue place a piece of wax over the area. If the
wax does not help the wire can be cut using a small wire cutter or nail clipper close to the back of the
last bracket, this is a last resort option if professional help is unavailable.
You have wire digging in or your brace is rubbing the soft tissue
As the teeth move excess archwire can stick out at the back and this can cause irritation. You can use the rubber end of a pencil to push and bend the wire away from the cheek. Other parts of the brace may also cause discomfort to your gums and lips, causing sore spots. In both instances we advise you to use your wax as instructed rolling it into a ball, drying the area as much as possible and placing the wax over and pushing into place
You swallow a piece from your brace
If you swallow a piece of your appliance this will usually go into the stomach and pass out of the body in the bowel movement. However, in the unlikely event that difficulty in breathing is experienced, you should seek immediate medical attention.