Breakages during treatment
We define breakage as a situation where an appliance (braces, wires, plates etc) you are wearing or some part of it has become loose, dislodged or is not fitting as it used to but it is not hurting you. eg you have eaten something hard and broken off a bracket glued to one of your teeth.
On the other hand, an emergency is when something orthodontic that you are wearing is hurting you. eg a wire is poking out behind a last tooth and is digging into your cheek or a plate that you are wearing is rubbing up an ulcer on your gum.
Always phone first if you have any problem with your braces. Usually, our receptionist will be able to tell you to come to the surgery straight away to sit and wait and the surgery staff will fit you in as soon as possible.
Do not turn up without phoning first as we may not be open when you arrive. If we are not open when you phone, please leave a message on the answering machine and we will return your call as soon as we can.
Poor oral hygiene, an unhealthy diet, or smoking can cause gums to swell up and bleed easily. Gums should look pink and healthy, not angry and bleeding.
A balanced diet will ensure healthy gums which can be maintained with careful and regular tooth brushing with a soft toothbrush.
Dietary Rules for Orthodontics
- If you can cut up with a knife and fork you can eat it
- Do not eat anything that is hard, sticky or sweet
- Cut healthy food such as apples and carrots up into small pieces
- Do not drink any cola drinks
- Suck on water based ice blocks, DO NOT chew them
- Do not chew biros, pencils, rulers, finger nails, chewing gum etc