During ClearSmile Treatment

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Attending follow-up appointments

During the treatment process, you will be encouraged to stay in touch with your dentist and attend regular review sessions; these sessions enable your dentist to monitor the progress of your treatment, check that you are comfortable and chart the movement of the teeth.

Occasionally (usually every 4-6 weeks), your braces may need to be adjusted; this only takes around 5-15 minutes and any discomfort will subside quickly; your dentist may recommend taking over the counter pain relief if your braces feel slightly uncomfortable after they have been adjusted.

Adjustment is necessary to create more space for the teeth to move into; the arch-wires are also replaced to bring about appropriate tooth movement.

Looking after your braces

When you have your braces fitted, your dentist will provide you with advice about looking after your braces and it’s important to take this on board. Wearing braces does not cause dental decay, but it can increase the risk of both decay and gum disease, as braces can trap bacteria and food debris, increasing the chances of plaque formation. Plaque is the sticky colourless film, which you find on your teeth if you haven’t brushed for a while; it is made when food particles and bacteria combine with saliva and it is the primary cause of cavities and gum disease. Brushing your teeth with braces can take a little getting used to, but soon, it will become second nature.

When you brush, take care to cover every surface of every tooth and angle your brush head so that it covers the gum line. You can use a normal toothbrush or specially designed products, which are more suited to braces. If you have any questions about brushing or you find that you’re struggling to brush properly, ask your dentist for advice.

As food can become trapped when you eat with braces, it’s a good idea to carry a small brush around with you and to brush in the middle of the day; it’s best to wait around 60 minutes after eating to brush your teeth. Rinsing with mouthwash can also be beneficial to cleanse the mouth.

Will I be able to eat and speak normally?

Anyone who wears braces may find that it takes a little time to get used to eating and speaking with braces. ClearSmile Braces are designed for comfort and they are much finer and less cumbersome than traditional fixed braces, which makes it easier for patients to adapt to life with braces. For the first couple of days, it may feel a little odd to wear braces, but soon, it will become second nature.

For the first few days, your dentist will probably recommend sticking to softer foods, which don’t require much chewing; once you become more confident with your braces, you can start to incorporate a wider range of foods and soon, you won’t even think about your braces when you start to eat. With braces, some foods become more difficult to tolerate and you may find it better to avoid them; examples include boiled and hard sweets, popcorn, chewy sweets and tough meat.

Your speech will actually improve after wearing braces, but for the first few days, you may find that it changes slightly and your pronunciation of certain sounds and letters may be different. After a few days, your speech should return to normal. It is advisable to practice speaking and reading aloud when you first have your braces fitted, so that you become used to them quicker.

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