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How painful is it to get braces?

Braces and other orthodontics such as Invisalign may cause some discomfort during the first few days of treatment, and after some adjustments. To minimise this discomfort, eat soft food for the first few days, use a warm saltwater rinse, take Panadol or a substitute, and put wax over any problem areas. If pain persists for more than three days, please contact us.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a modern method of attaining straight teeth, using a unique, clear series of custom-made invisible aligners. With the Invisalign invisible aligner system there are no metal brackets to attach to your teeth and no wires to tighten. Instead, Invisalign aligners are made from smooth and invisible plastic that is easy and comfortable to wear.

Do I have to change my eating habits if I get braces?

Braces are delicate and easily damaged, so what you eat becomes especially important in caring for them and ensuring they remain effective. Avoid eating apples off the core, ice, chewy lollies and gum, as these can bend your wire, dislodge your brackets and loosen the bands that hold the arch wire that straightens the teeth.

Food can become lodged in the brackets of your braces, so always brush your teeth after eating.

What should I do if I notice a loose band, bracket or wire?

Please give us a call so we can evaluate the urgency of your problem, schedule an appointment, and offer advice on what to do in the meantime. If the band or the bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it in place and place wax on the broken area to reduce irritation. If the band or bracket comes out completely, wrap it in tissue and bring it with you to your appointment.

If you notice a loose wire, reposition it into place with tweezers – or if that is not possible, clip the wire with a pair of nail clippers or wire cutters behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If one of the wires is poking out, push it down with a spoon, pencil or an eraser. Place wax over any areas where you feel discomfort.

What if I need to change my appointment time?

It’s important to keep all of your orthodontic treatment appointments; however we know that unforeseen circumstances arise which necessitates a change in appointment. Please give us at least 24 hours of notice to change or cancel an appointment. We will do our best to reschedule your appointment as soon as possible.