1How much do I need to wear them?
The number of hours per day that you are expected to wear the functional appliance will be explained to you depending on your individual circumstances. For the treatment to work it is important you follow these instructions. With the correct number
of hours of wear you will find the improvement in the position of your teeth can be quite dramatic.
2How might they affect me?
Your speech will be different. Practice speaking with the brace in place e.g. read out loud at home on your own, and in this way your speech will return to normal within a couple of days.
3What about tooth brushing?
It is important you brush well three times per day and use a fluoride toothpaste. If possible carry a brush with you for use after lunch. Take the brace out to clean your teeth. You should also gently brush the brace, taking care not to damage the wires. We sell a full oral hygeine kit at the practice and a range of individual products that may help.
4Can I eat normally?
You may not be able to eat with your functional appliance in place. You will be advised about this by your Orthodontist. If you have been told to take it out for eating, make sure it is placed in a tough plastic box for safekeeping. A suitable box will be recommended to you when you’re at the practice. For your orthodontic treatment to work well and in the shortest possible time it is important that you take care of your teeth and brace, and also follow the usage guidelines.
5Can I remove the brace?
The brace you are now wearing is removable but should only be removed
for cleaning, unless you are otherwise advised. When it is not in your mouth it should be in its protective box. Do not click the brace in and out with your tongue as this will break the wires and increase the length of time the treatment will take.
6Do I still need to see my regular dentist?
Yes. It will be important you still have check-ups with your regular dentist throughout orthodontic treatment so that your teeth can be checked for decay.
7What do I do if my brace breaks?
Ring up for an appointment as soon as is reasonably possible on 0203 815 5142 or via our website. Do not wait for your next routine appointment as the breakage may slow your treatment or may result in damage to your teeth. If you repeatedly break your brace, treatment may be stopped (Under NHS guidelines and the standardised treatment agreement there is a reasonable allowance clause for breakages).