Embrace-U - Specialist Orthodontic Practice - Ayr and Irvine
Fixed Metal Braces
Metal braces consist of small metal brackets which are fitted to the front of your teeth with a wire running between. They are extremely effective and are our most frequently used appliance for our teenage patients, although both clear and hidden options are available for teens too.
Fixed Clear Braces
We also offer tooth coloured brackets which are extremely discrete and move the teeth very effectively. They are ideal for patients who don't want people to know that they're wearing braces.
Fixed Lingual Braces
These are glued on to the tongue side of your teeth and so are very discreet. These luxury braces are only only available privately
Will it be painful?
It is likely to be sore for about 2 – 5 days. If necessary, painkillers such as the ones you would normally take for a headache may help (please read the instructions on the packet).
Can I remove the brace?
The brace you are now wearing is fixed to the teeth for the whole of your treatment. You should not try to remove it, as you may damage your teeth and the treatment will not work.
Can I eat normally?
For your orthodontic treatment to work well and in the shortest possible time, it is important you take care of your teeth and brace. In order to avoid damage to both, you should try to avoid the following:
- Toffees, boiled sweets, sugared chewing gum, chocolate bars etc.
- Fizzy drinks including diet drinks, excessive amounts of fruit juice.
- Hard foods which might damage the brace such as crunchy apples, crusty bread rolls, etc.
- Hard foods can be eaten with care if you cut them up first.
What about tooth brushing?
It is important you brush well three times per day and use a fluoride toothpaste. If possible carry a brush with you for use after lunch. Pay particular attention to brush where the gums meet the teeth. Brushing may take a little longer when you have a fixed brace.
A daily fluoride mouth rinse should also be used last thing at night, after tooth brushing. Failure to keep your teeth and brace clean will lead to permanent scarring of your teeth.
How long will treatment take?
It usually takes 12 – 24 months but will vary according to how severe your case is. Failed and cancelled appointments, or repeated breakages of the brace will add to the overall treatment time.
Will I need to wear anything in addition to the fixed brace?
It may be necessary for you at some stage during treatment to wear headgear and/or elastics. Headgear is usually worn in the evenings and at night. Elastics are worn inside the mouth all the time, including mealtimes.
Will I need to wear another brace once my treatment has finished?
Once the active phase of your treatment has been finished, it will be necessary to wear a retaining brace. This may be removable or it may be fixed behind your front teeth. We advise life long use of retainers to ensure your teeth remain beautifully straight
How often will I need an appointment?
You will need regular appointments during treatment for the brace to be adjusted.
Do I still need to see my regular dentist?
Yes. It will be important you still have check-ups with your regular dentist throughout orthodontic treatment so that your teeth can be checked for decay. Your orthodontist does not check your teeth for decay.
What do I do if I play contact sports?
You should wear a gumshield. This will also be the case if you enjoy riding a bicycle, roller-skating or skateboarding.
What if I play a musical instrument?
If you play a wind instrument, particularly the flute or brass instrument, then a fixed brace may make it more difficult for a short period of time. The more you practice the easier it becomes.
What do I do if my brace breaks?
Ring up for an appointment as soon as is reasonably possible. Do not wait for your next routine appointment as the breakage may slow your treatment, or may result in damage to your teeth. If you repeatedly break your brace, treatment may be stopped.
Things you must do for orthodontic success?
1 Remove the removable brace at all times unless otherwise advised
2 Keep your appointments
3 Do not break the brace
4 Report any problems immediately
5 Wear your elastics precisely as advised
Embrace - U Ayr
27 Miller Road
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