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Your teeth may ache a little for the first few days after your brace has been placed on your teeth but this settles down quickly. You may take a painkiller to help but not everyone needs this.
It does not hurt to have the brace fixed to your teeth. The fixed brace is simply glued onto the outside of your teeth once they have been polished. It takes time to do this and we will give you help to understand how to look after the brace and keep your teeth clean.
Damage to your teeth while wearing a brace can occur in two ways:
You should be careful about the things you bite and chew. Sugary foods and drinks will damage your teeth and can leave white marks on them once the brace is removed. Hard and chewy things may break or damage the brace and may make it uncomfortable. It will also stop working and so your treatment will take longer. Have a look at the instruction leaflet for fixed braces.
You were given some wax at the start of treatment and this should be squashed over the brace to protect your cheek, lip or tongue. If your next appointment is quite soon it is probably worth waiting until then when your orthodontist can repair the damage. Alternatively you can telephone the practice for advice and help. It may be appropriate to see you quite soon to fix the problem.
You will need new ones made so contact the practice and arrange for this to be done. The NHS will make a charge to replace your brace or retainer. You will be advised what this is at your appointment. You must pay this before the new brace is made. You will be asked to complete a regulation 9 form which we will send the Forth valley Health Board and they will decide whether or not you will receive any refund.
The front teeth can look quite straight early in treatment but this does not mean that your braces are ready to be taken off. It is important to make all your teeth fit together as well as possible so that your bite works well and your teeth have the best chance of staying straight.
The orthodontist will check your brace and teeth, measure the progress and decide what needs to be done next. An adjustment will be made and you will feel the brace working a little harder for the next day or two. A new appointment will be made for you to return.
Yes, but the NHS will not pay for them. We can make new retainers and currently we charge £60 per retainer or £100 for both upper and lower at the same time.
As long as possible. We recommend that generally the retainers are worn every night for one year. This gives your teeth a good chance to settle into their new positions. However, if you stop wearing your retainers your teeth may move back towards where they came from.