Wondering when your next appointment will be? On average, brace adjustments are scheduled every 4-8 weeks. Our team will work closely with you to find the optimal timeframe that aligns with your treatment plan. These appointments will be booked in at the front desk after each visit.
Although your appointment time and date will be written down, we understand that life can become hectic so a text will be sent out 2 working days before to remind you. We ask for 2 days notice for any cancellations when possible.
To the right is an example of an appointment card. It is very important you bring this to each of your appointments, as Dr Patel will write instructions and notes down on it.
In the event of needing an emergency appointment regarding your brace, please contact the practice as immediately to be booked in. Repairs to your brace are free of charge, and it is important that you are seen as soon as possible as to not affect your treatment.
The most helpful thing to do in the event of your brace breaking is to email a video to us, as seen in the video on the right.
Do not throw away any broken parts – keep them with you in your appointment pack and bring them with you so they can be reapplied to your teeth.
For the first week after the fitting of a brace, your teeth may ache. For initial discomfort – start with Paracetamol followed by Ibuprofen 6 hours later. Repeat the cycle for up to a week if necessary. If you suffer with asthma, Paracetamol only.
Always read the instructions on the package before taking medication
Hard and crunchy food such as toast, baguettes, pizza crust, hard fruit and vegetables such as apples and carrots, sweets and chocolates, crisps, biscuits, popcorn, nuts and meat on the bone should be avoided to minimise the risk of damage to your brace.
All food items should be cut up and chewed using your back teeth.
Also note that biting on your finger nails, or chewing on pens or pencils must be avoided as this may damage your brace too.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial during this time to ensure a healthy smile and successful orthodontic treatment. Here’s a brief guide to help you maintain a high level of cleanliness and gum health:
Use of a soft-bristle toothbrush is ideal for both gum and tooth health, and to minimise the risk of damaging your brace. The ones found in your welcome bag are recommended by Dr Patel.
Consider using interdental brushes to clean between brackets and wires where a regular toothbrush may struggle. Orthodontic floss is also useful to navigate around brackets and wires.
Brush at least twice a day, making sure to clean around and under each bracket.
Rinse with an antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash to help reduce bacteria and strengthen enamel.
Just like before the fitting of your braces, a well rounded and consistent oral hygiene routine is required to maintain a healthy smile.
Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings to ensure a thorough professional cleaning and to address any emerging issues promptly.