Cleaning / Oral Hygiene
1. Brush after every meal. Carry a toothbrush with you at all times. Brush with a fluoride toothpaste. If unavailable, continue to brush without it and rinse with water.
2. Flossing is not encouraged. Use interdental brush instead to clean areas between teeth.
3. Pay close attention to gum line by brushing 45° from gum line towards teeth. If uncertain, requests for demonstration from doctor.
4. Mouth rinse with salt water regularly. Consult your orthodontist if you wish to use any specific mouth rinse. Some mouth rinses are known to reduce the adhesiveness of your brace.
Diet / Food Intake
1. Avoid hard and sticky foods.
2. No chewing on gum, candy, popcorn, caramel, nuts, ice.
3. Cut your food into small pieces. Use fork and spoon instead of biting off your food directly.
4. Avoid biting pencils / pen.
5. Avoid biting directly on hard fruits / food such as apples, guavas, chicken bone, ribs, crab
6. Avoid soda / carbonated drinks eg. Coke, Sprite. They encourage loosening of your brace.
Discomfort / Pain
1. After every visit, discomfort is expected for duration of 48 hours as new thicker wires are changed.
2. Rinse with warm salt water (1 tsp salt + half glass warm water) for 60 seconds and spit it out. Continue every 10 minutes for better results.
3. If pain persists, take painkillers such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen off the pharmacy counter.
4. Use white wax to cover brace at irritation areas.
1. Do not miss your appointments. It will prolong your treatment time.
2. Call immediately for an appointment if any of your brace comes off. Failure to do so will again prolong your treatment time.
3. Check for any decay or new cavity formation regularly during the duration of orthodontic treatment. Oral hygiene care is more difficult with brace.
4. Cooperation with elastics, retainers or removable appliances is essential to ensure success of treatment.