Through paying a visit to your dentist for a check up you are able to prepare yourself for orthodontic treatment, in getting a scale and clean your achieving two main goals:
Being braces ready ensures that you are beginning your orthodontic treatment with a clean bill of dental health with no holes in your teeth and healthy gums. Unrestored teeth can be unstable and gums which are inflamed can also affect the bonding and positioning of the braces to the teeth. It is ideal to have clean and healthy teeth and gums to ensure the best start to your orthodontic treatment.
Sometimes there are unforeseen dental interruptions to orthodontic treatment, such as dental trauma, or previously undiagnosed general dental problems. If this happens, we make sure that we facilitate your general dental treatment in any way necessary and possible. Seeing your general dentist for a thorough check-up and clean can help to minimize the need for any interruption to your orthodontic treatment that can be avoided by early diagnosis and treatment.
At Simply Orthodontics, we only want the best for our patients so we encourage all our patients to be braces ready and would not endorse the commencement of treatment if there are pressing general dental issues that need to be resolved first. If you have any queries, feel free to ask your Orthodontist the next time you are in the practice.
The initial period after having braces fitted is often the most challenging for some patients as there is a lot for the patient to get used to. Both your mouth and tongue are not used to having braces on your teeth and you may find that some pain relief is in order. Sticky and hard foods may cause your braces to come off your teeth and you may take longer to clean your teeth. All these things contribute to the challenge in getting used to your new braces, but the good news is that this period will soon pass! Here are some ways you can relieve the discomfort.
Sometimes, the discomfort can be associated with rubbing of the brace or wire against the cheek – if this is the cause, orthodontic wax can act as a smooth buffer to relieve this. Orthodontic wax will be provided to you as required throughout your orthodontic treatment at Simply Orthodontics. It can also be found in chemists and supermarkets!