Advice for Orthodontic patients11th May 2020
We advise that you continue to wear your clear aligners as discussed with your orthodontist. Keep wearing your most recent tray until we can reopen.
Twin Block Braces
If you wear twin block braces then keep them in but stop turning the screw. If you have concerns please call us and we can discuss.
Elastic bands for fixed braces
Continue to wear your elastic bands as instructed. If you run out of rubber bands, you can contact us for further support.
Wires from braces digging in
If the wire from your brace is digging into your cheek or gums then it might be possible to fix this from home. Either you or a family member can use tweezers to push the wire back into the little tube at the back or use a nail clipper to clip off the excess wire sticking out. If this doesn’t work, then you may have to resort to using dental wax to cover the end in the meantime.
If you’re still wearing your retainer following orthodontic treatment at . If you don’t do this then your teeth may move back to their original position, or relaspe. Leaving your retainer out for 1 or 2 days can still result in your teeth moving, so better be safe than sorry.
Bonded Wire Retainers
If a piece of your wire retainer has broken I would suggest you wear your removable retainer every night. If the wire is broken and it’s sticking out and causing discomfort I would suggest you bend it back on for If a piece of your wire retainer has broken I would suggest you wear your removable retainer every night. If the wire is broken and it’s sticking out and causing discomfort I would suggest you bend it back on forth several times until it snaps. We can repair this when we reopen.several times until it snaps. We can repair this when we reopen.
Broken or lost retainers
If you’ve lost or broken your retainer, or you’re worried your teeth are moving, then contact us. In some cases we have a digital model and can get a new retainer made and sent to you.
If you’re unsure on whether your teeth are in the correct position, take a photo and email it to us. Allan will contact you to give you feedback.
These are just a few ways you can ensure your orthodontic treatment runs smoothly from home but obviously maintaining a good dental hygiene routine is also important. Clean your teeth and appliance regularly (twice a day), and also try to stick to a good and balanced diet.