A removable brace is one that simply clicks onto your teeth and can be removed when necessary. This type of brace is usually only used for the upper teeth and is limited in its capabilities. Removable braces may be used as the sole means of treating tooth displacements or more commonly in combination with fixed braces to treat more complex problems.
Will it be painful?
It is likely to cause some discomfort for a few days after it is fitted and following adjustments. If necessary, painkillers such as the ones you would normally take for a headache may help. If there is an obvious area of soreness as a result of the brace, please contact us for an appointment as soon as is reasonably possible. If possible, do not stop wearing the brace or else you may experience further discomfort when you start wearing the brace again.
Can I eat normally?
You should be able to eat normally once you have gotten used to the brace. It is important that you keep the brace in whilst eating unless instructed otherwise. Although it may be difficult at first, eating with the brace in place will become easier with time. After each meal it is advisable to remove the brace and rinse it thoroughly. For your orthodontic treatment to work well and in the shortest possible time it is important that you take care of your brace and teeth. In order to prevent damage to both, you should:
- Avoid eating toffees, boiled sweets, chewing gum, chocolate bars etc.
- Avoid drinking fizzy drinks (including diet drinks) and excessive amounts of fruit juice.
- Avoid eating hard or sticky foods which might damage the brace such as crunchy apples.
- Avoid biting your nails and chewing pens / pencils.
How else might it affect me?
Initially your speech may be altered. This is only temporary and usually returns to normal within a couple of days. Practice speaking with the brace in place e.g. read out aloud at home, as this will help get your speech back to normal.
You may find yourself swallowing more once you have had your brace fitted. Once again this is only temporary and is due to an increased amount of saliva being produced in response to having something in your mouth.
What about tooth brushing?
In order to avoid causing damage to your teeth and/or gums, it is important that your brace and teeth are kept clean. It is advisable to clean your brace and teeth after each meal. Take the brace out to clean your teeth. You should also gently brush the brace, taking care not to damage the wires. A daily fluoride mouth rinse should also be used last thing at night to further protect the teeth.
Failure to keep your teeth and brace clean will lead to permanent scarring of your teeth.
Can I remove the brace?
The brace should only be removed for cleaning, whilst playing contact sports and for swimming, unless you are otherwise advised. When it is not in your mouth it should be kept in its protective box. Do not play with the brace by flicking it in and out as this will weaken the brace and result in it breaking.
How long will treatment take?
Treatment usually takes between 6-12 months but will vary according to your particular problem. You will need regular appointments during treatment for the brace to be adjusted. Failed and cancelled appointments, repeated breakages and failure to wear the brace as instructed will increase the length of time the treatment will take.
What if I play contact sports?
You should wear a gum shield instead of your removable brace when you play contact sports. This will also be the case if you enjoy riding a bicycle, roller-skating or skateboarding. When not in your mouth the brace should be kept in a protective box.
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