The success of your treatment depends on wearing your brace as much as possible. All functional appliances are to be worn full-time unless instructed otherwise. Full-time means virtually 24 hours a day, including eating, sleeping and going to school or work. The only time the brace is to be removed is to clean your teeth and brace after meals, and during sports and games (including swimming).
- Initially wear the appliance for a few hours a day. Gradually increase this so you are wearing it full-time after one week.
- Frequently, there are problems in the early stages with a brace, and your jaws may ache a little at the start. You may take some Paracetamol or Ibuprofen to relieve discomfort if necessary. It is quite common to want to seek an extra appointment to sort these problems out, but do try and persevere for at least a week. Wearing the brace as much as possible will quickly accustom the mouth and any discomfort will ease.
- Avoid hard sticky foods as they may damage the brace.
- Practice reading aloud with the brace in the mouth. If your speech is affected by wearing the brace, this will help it rapidly return to normal.
- Keep the brace in its box when you are not wearing it. It will not get broken or lost if kept in the box. If you lose the brace, or if it is broken beyond repair, there will be a charge to replace it.
- Try to remember to keep your mouth closed as much as possible so that the action of the brace is continuous.
- If the brace breaks or is uncomfortable, try to keep wearing it and telephone the practice as soon as possible.
- Continue to see your own dentist for regular check-ups.
The fee for replacement braces is up to £200 per upper or lower brace.