Brace Care and Advice
Wires which have come out of the molar tube– sometimes if you have eaten something hard, the wire can come out of the tube. You can replace this yourself (with tweezers) as shown in the pictures below.
Broken brackets- these can be left until you are able to see your orthodontist
Ulcers/ mouth irritation from the brace– wax is the best treatment in these cases. It is important to dry the part of the brace which is rubbing your cheek to allow the wax to stick. You will need to mould the wax around the brace to prevent it from coming off. It is recommended that you use the wax for at least 2-3 days to allow the ulcer to heal. Your cheeks will heal quickly, and usually heal with more resilience.
The brace should not continuously break, if this does happen then you might need to check your diet to ensure what you are eating is brace friendly.
Advice for musicians.
Fixed Braces Information
Functional Braces Information
Removable Braces Information
Even though you have had your teeth aligned and have a beautiful smile, you must wear your retainers to prevent your teeth moving back to the original position (relapse). Orthodontic treatment is similiar to having your hair cut, your tooth position requires maintenance (like your hair!).
Brace Friendly Food
During the latter stages of your treatment, you may have clear chain placed on your brace to help close the spaces; this chain often discolours with turmeric, tomatoes, black coffee, black tea. This is perfectly normal and the chain will be changed at your next appointment.
There is a brace-friendly recipe book available in the link below: