We choose the smallest commercially available brackets as they are more aesthetically pleasing. Many patients comment on how surprisingly small our brackets are.
Metal brackets are tough and can withstand wear and tear. They are unable to shatter, even on hard contact.
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Clear brackets, made of artificial monocrystalline sapphire, are available for patients who desire less visibility than metal brackets.
This option is best suited for people who are do not play contact sports. They look less visible than traditional metal brackets.
Clear brackets require dietry consideration for foods with intense colouring such as curries, tomato paste and red wine. Poor cleaning shows up even more so on clear braces.
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We are highly experienced in both metal and clear braces. Both options generate the same outstanding results. We also use Invisalign clear aligner plates, for those who want even less visibility.
During the course of orthodontic treatment, you may have to wear elastic rubber bands to help with the correction of your malocclusion (bite). For some patients, elastics aren’t their favourite part of orthodontic treatment. However, they’re essential! Be sure to follow our elastic wearing instructions, as the better they are worn, the sooner braces can come off.
We will straighten your teeth, and your dentist will check for problems periodically. But you’re the one who has to take care of your teeth every single day during treatment to keep them clean, healthy and white. That means closely following the instructions we provide. Now that you have braces, proper dental care will take a little extra time and effort. But in the end, that time spent will be well worthwhile. By taking good care of your teeth now, you’ll get the best possible results from your orthodontic treatment.
You will receive a care package when your braces go on with bits and pieces for looking after your teeth with braces. Inside, you will find pamphlets and fridge magnets with information about your braces, foods and drinks, and oral hygiene. Your bag includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, interproximal brushes, wax, bonjella, and some chewing gum.
The range of colours we have available for your braces. The colours are changed every time you visit the practice - feel free to pop in to have them changed to your team colours for your upcoming sports carnival, or to match your dress for your formal! For those who want a more discreet look, we generally recommend silver as it blends in with the brackets, or clear if you have transparent brackets.
Occasionally, the end of a wire will work itself out of place and irritate your mouth. Give us a call or pop in during business hours and we can correct this for you. If you are unable to visit us, you can use tweezers to place it where it belongs if it has come out of the tube. If the wire is protruding from behind the last bracket, you can use nail clippers to snip the end of the wire. Reduce the possibility of swallowing the snipped piece of wire by using folded tissue or gauze around the area.
Sometimes when a brackets glue becomes debonded, the bracket will stay attached to the wire, and other times it will come completely away from the tooth. If the brackets have come loose in any way, notify the practice as soon as possible and we will be able to advise whether you should be seen now or at your next scheduled visit. Generally, for front teeth we would prefer to rebond as soon as possible, but if you do not live close by we can normally wait until your next visit to rebond back teeth.
Some patients are susceptible to mouth ulcers. During braces, areas of ulceration of the cheeks, lips or tongue may appear. This is not an emergency, but may be very uncomfortable. Prompt relief may be achieved by applying a small amount of wax onto the bracket causing the irritation, and then apply topical anaesthetic directly to the ulcerated surface using a cotton swab. Both wax and 'brace relief' gel are provided to you by us when your braces are placed.
It is normal to experience discomfort for a day or two after braces are placed or adjusted; but, it can make eating uncomfortable. We assure you this discomfort is normal, and temporary! We encourage soft foods, warm salt water rinses, and where applicable, mild pain relief medicine such as panadol or nurofen.
This is not an emergency. With some braces, if a rubber ligature (small coloured tie around the brackets) should come off, you may be able to put it back in place using sterile tweezers. If a wire ligature comes loose, simply remove it with sterile tweezers. If the wire ligature is sticking out into the lip but is not loose, it may be bent back down to eliminate the irritation.
This is not an emergency, but can be a little uncomfortable or embarrassing for you. It is easily fixed with a piece of dental floss, or an interproximal brush or toothpick to dislodge food caught between teeth and braces. We give you floss and interproximal brushes and show you how to best use these with braces, the day your braces are placed.