You’ve had a long visit today during which time we’ve carefully placed your brackets. These brackets are only part of your custom made appliance, but an important and delicate part. You must treat them like pieces of jewellery. You must be careful of what you eat and chew so as not to knock off any brackets. If a bracket does become loose or comes off, save the bracket and call our office. Newly cemented brackets may irritate your lips or cheeks for a day or two. During this adjustment period, you may rinse your mouth with a warm salt and water rinse to heal any rough spots and use wax to cover any particularly bothersome brackets.
Separating elastics may have been placed between certain teeth to provide more space for band placement at your net visit. These separators may cause some tooth tenderness that may last for a few days. This tenderness may be relieved by rinsing the mouth with a warm salt water solution (1 tsp of table salt in a ½ glass of warm water). If you accidentally cause one or more of your separators to come out, please call the office to have it replaced. If a separator falls out on its own, no call is necessary because the elastic has completed its job.
You are expected to take better care of your mouth now. Brush your teeth after each meal and before going to bed. If you eat at school/work, be sure to take a toothbrush with you. Keep your brush in good condition. You will need to replace your brush more frequently now. Remember to keep your six month check up appointment with your regular dentist.