When the braces are removed, your teeth IMMEDIATELY start to move back to their original position.
Just at night – BUT EVERY NIGHT.
Regular toothbrush and water. Please do not use toothpaste and do not use hot water. We recommend Retainer Brite as effective cleaning agent.
Contact us immediately. There is a charge of €100 per arch for replacements. Dogs love to chew retainers so keep them in the box!
We will you after one month, 6 months and 12 months. Or if you have any problems.
Teeth never stop moving, but if retainers are worn as prescribed, this can be kept to a minimum.
If you have a bonded retainer you MUST use ‘superfloss’ or TePe brushes on a regular basis. Please ask for a demonstration if you are unsure.
PLEASE BRING YOUR RETAINERS FOR EVERY VISIT.
Though we have been supervising your retention up to now, we would like to explain how you can take over this responsibility and look after the retainers yourself. The important thing to remember is that teeth move continually throughout life, so the only way to ensure that they remain straight is to wear the retainers indefinitely. Some patients have more stable teeth than others, but it is quite easy for you to monitor you own progress.
If retainers have not been worn for a few nights and then feel a little tight when you put them in, this is because the teeth have moved a little. It is best, therefore, to wear them more often.
If the retainers do not feel tight, having been left out for a few nights, you can assume the teeth have hardly moved. In this case you could try reducing the number of nights they are worn. Keeping to a regular pattern, such as one specific night a week, will help you to remember to wear them.
If these instructions are not followed, the teeth may move too much for the retainers to fit and then the only way to straighten the teeth gain is to put the braces back on! Re-treatments are not part of he original treatment plan, and are therefore payable separately.
It is obviously important to make sure the retainers are well fitting and in good condition. Just wear them at bedtime, do not eat with them in and do not wash them in hot water. The best cleaner is Retainer Brite, toothpaste must be avoided as it is too abrasive.
If you have any problems contact the surgery immediately. Sooner or later the retainers may need replacing. The cost of retainers is currently €100 per arch.
Though you have been discharged from our care, please remember to see your dentist for regular check-ups.
Patients with a bonded retainer must be aware of the cleaning regime required. Please ask for demonstration if you are unsure.
You have now been discharged and we suggest you have the bonded retainer checked regularly(every year) either by your dentist OR with us – there will be a charge of €35 for this. Repairs to the bonded retainer will be charged at €250.
They are called Twin Blocks. They have been made especially for you. The aim is to encourage your bottom jaw to come forward a little to improve your bite and your profile.
Don’t worry about this. The actual change to your profile will be more subtle.
When you bite forward, you should feel the muscles stretching. The force of the muscles gently move the teeth in a natural way.
You should wear them all the time, especially when you are eating. Just take them out for cleaning, use your toothbrush for this.
They may ache at first. If it’s too much then just take a headache tablet. You will get used to them in a few days. If they are rubbing and painkillers aren’t working then call us, DO NOT LEAVE THEM OUT!
If they are left out then they will not work and will no longer fit, if this happens or they break they will have to be replaced and this can cost up to €200.
Not really.You may notice a gap(s) appearing – don’t worry, they will close. Once you get used to them your teeth will move very quickly.
Please feel free to phone us if you have any problems.
Do not eat anything sticky or chewy, i.e. chewing gums, toffees, gummy sweets. These will chew up the wires and break the brace, if this happens you could add 2 or 3 months to the treatment. Fizzy drinks should be kept to a minimum. If you wish to have them then keep it to dinner time and make sure you clean your teeth afterwards. Otherwise the fizz (which is effectively acid) will sit around the brackets and you will end up with permanent stains.
Keeping your teeth and brace clean is very important, click on this to see how to do it correctly Brushing Guide
Anything you eat from now on needs to be cut up or broken up, especially hard things like apples and carrots. The last thing you want to do is break the brace and add time to your treatment!
While you are getting used to the brace, it can rub, all you need to use is wax which is in the kit we supply. Also in the kit are different toothbrushes, make sure you use the toothbrush as shown. Failure to do this could mean you could end up with damage to your teeth.
At first your teeth may ache, if anything it will be a dull ache and can be dealt with using a painkiller.
We do recommend that if you normally wear a mouthguard for sports, that you would wear a specially designed for braces mouthguard while in treatment. We sell them here for €20. Please see this link for more information on them.
IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO VISIT YOUR DENTIST THROUGHOUT YOUR TREATMENT FOR CHECK-UPS AND CLEANING.
Your appliance is removable but you must wear it all the time in order for it to work correctly. It should only be taken out to be cleaned. This can be done simply using your normal toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste. Make sure you still clean your teeth.