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Oral Hygiene

At 'Dental Care' we want to make sure your experience is as comfortable as possible, here were will share some commonly asked questions to help with your treatment.

Will it be painful?

The brace may feel rough to the inside of your lips and cheeks for the first week - soft wax is provided and this can ease the initial discomfort. We also recommend you buy some 'Brace-Eze'from the reception. The teeth are likely to be tender for the first few days due to the pressure put onto them by the brace, this is also the case after each adjustment. Painkillers, such as the ones you would normally take for a headache, may help.

What you will need to clean your brace-brushing essentials?

  • Small, soft/medium bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste. Pay particular attention to brush where the gums and teeth meet. Try and have an ordered sequence of brushing so you don't forget to brush the front, back and biting surfaces of the teeth - it is time consuming but essential.
  • lnter-dental brush
    The inter-dental brush helps clean in between the brackets and around them.
  • Fluoride mouthwash
    A daily fluoride mouthwash is advisable as this can help prevent decay and decalcification - your orthodontist will advise you.

How often will I need to see my Orthodontist?

You will need to be seen every 6-8 weeks for the brace to be adjusted.

Do I still need my regular dentist?

Yes - you must continue regular check ups with your dentist so your teeth can be checked for decay.