Briggs Lane Dental Practice
It is essential to have an excellent standard of oral hygiene during brace treatment. Failure to do so may lead to unsightly white or even brown marks on the surface of the enamel when the brace is removed. The teeth should be brushed for 3 minutes at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste. Also an appropriate fluoride containing mouthwash should be used regularly. You should continue to see your general dentist for check-ups throughout your orthodontic treatment.
Removable braces should be removed for oral hygiene procedures. The brace itself should be cleaned with warm water and the surface that fits against your palate and gums may be brushed with your toothbrush.
Hard foods such as apples, raw carrot etc. should be cut into smaller pieces and chewed with the back teeth. You should avoid fiddling with your brace and habits such as chewing pens and nail-biting must be avoided.
If part of your brace comes loose you should seek advice from your orthodontist as soon as possible. You can use the wax provided to cover any part of the brace which irritates your lips or cheeks.
On the first visit, the orthodontist will discuss the concerns you may have with your smile. He will then examine your teeth and discuss whether orthodontic treatment is an option for you. On the second visit, he will take photographs, X-rays and a digital scan of your teeth. This will be followed by a discussion of treatment options, the advantages and disadvantages of each and cost. The first visit costs €50 for children and teenagers.
We provide a range of metal braces. Metal braces are the most efficient for tooth movement and provide high levels of comfort and control.
Children as young as 7 should visit for assessment if you have concerns about how their teeth are developing. Orthodontic treatment is usually carried out around the age of 11 or 12 but sometimes important interceptive treatments can be carried out at a younger age. We only carry out orthodontic treatment for children and teenagers.
Functional appliances are removable appliances which are worn full time but can be removed for cleaning. They are often used for teenagers to correct protrusive teeth. After about 12 months of functional appliance wear, fixed braces can be fitted to complete the treatment.
When your orthodontic treatment is complete, you will be provided with retainers. These may be fixed to the back of your front teeth or removable to be worn at night. It is essential that retainers are worn to maintain the corrected position of the teeth.