If you’ve already started your treatment with iSmile, take a read below to find out all you need to know about the next steps, how you can adapt your lifestyle and diet around your braces and what to expect when you’ve finished your treatment.
Patients must come back to iSmile periodically throughout their treatment to ensure their teeth are making good progress. If you have metal or ceramic braces, these appointments will involve adjustment of the wire or brackets to increase the pressure on your teeth which causes them to move into place.
One of the most common changes you may notice when you first get your braces is your speech. It can take a few days for your mouth to get used to your braces and the way you speak may be affected by this for a brief period of time. However, it doesn’t take long for our mouths to learn how the braces feel within them. It is important not to feel shy and stop speaking after you get your braces. The more you talk, the quicker your mouth will adapt and your speech will return to normal.
It is natural to feel some pain and discomfort when you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. We are moving your teeth within your mouth by applying pressure which, at first, the teeth resist. A few days after your wire tightening or putting in new Invisalign aligners, however, the teeth will already have moved enough that the pain will have subsided significantly. You can take painkillers following the advice of you orthodontist and many patients drink iced water to numb their mouths too.
Patients who have Invisalign aligners will notice relatively few changes to their lifestyle. One of the best features of this style of treatment is their removability. This means you can eat normally, brush your teeth without problems and play sports safely throughout your treatment.
When eating with braces, you need to be careful not to damage them. Broken braces can delay treatments, and can be painful. Avoid biting anything hard (carrots, apples, ice) and eating sticky food (candy, toffee, peanut butter). After every meal you should brush your teeth thoroughly to dislodge any remaining food which is caught on your braces. It is a good idea to carry around a compact mirror so you can check to see if anything is stuck in your teeth wherever you are.
Sometimes braces break or something goes wrong. Read the scenarios below to find out what to do in each case:
You’ve got your braces off. Congratulations! But the work doesn’t stop here. To ensure your teeth stay in their new, correct positions, most people are required to wear a retainer for 12 hours every night for at least the first 2 years, then eventually decrease to one night a week for a lifetime. We will take a 3D scan of your teeth to create a perfectly fitted retainer for your new smile. As soon as they arrive at the clinic, we will call you to come and collect them. This is an important part of your treatment because it allows the jawbone to remould itself around the new positions and stops your teeth from relapsing. Some people are fitted with a permanent retainer wire behind their teeth that usually remains in the mouth for 2 to 3 years, this may differ for each patient. Other people will have to wear a retainer for a specific length of time. Every patient is different so listen to your orthodontist’s advice when it comes to your personal after treatment.
Sometimes the exposed enamel of teeth can yellow slightly during treatment, a problem which is only noticeable once we remove the braces. It is possible to undergo teeth whitening to reduce this discolouration a few weeks after your braces have been taken off. It is best to wait for a short period to ensure the previously covered enamel is hard enough to withstand treatment. Maintaining good oral hygiene practices throughout your treatment is the best way to avoid this problem.
We will request a recall appointment six months after the end of your treatment and then one year later just to ensure the results are maintained.
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