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Your role in treatment success

The success and duration of your treatment is highly dependent on not only your cooperation, but also factors such as tissue reaction, tooth eruption pattern and jaw growth.

Cooperation before, during and after treatment is your personal responsibility.

Excellent orthodontic treatment results can only be achieved if patients and parents are cooperative and well-informed. Successful treatment is based on teamwork – that is to say patients, parents, staff and the orthodontist working together. The potential reward is a beautiful smile, healthy teeth and improved self-confidence. 

Regular visits to your family dentist

Please visit your family dentist for a full dental check-up before orthodontic treatment begins and regular check-ups during the active treatment phase.

Oral hygiene

Teeth will generally remain undamaged if orthodontic appliances are taken care of and worn properly. This notwithstanding, gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), bone resorption, tooth decay and white spot lesions may occur during your treatment. You can prevent such complications by adhering to the following advice.

Please follow our oral hygiene instructions during treatment. We strongly recommend that you make oral hygiene an integral part of your daily routine:

  • Use a fluoride mouthwash (e.g. Listerine, Elmex) twice a day
  • Brush your teeth after every meal. Brushing your teeth thoroughly in the evening should take fifteen to twenty minutes.

Regular check-ups and professional cleaning at your family dentist are also of considerable importance.

Healthy diet

Please do not eat sweets in-between meals and avoid chewing gum containing sugar. Please also be careful when eating hard food (e.g. carrots, apples, hard bread crust), as braces may become loose.  

Night Brace, retainer, headgear and elastics

Please wear removable appliances, headgear and elastics as instructed. Handle your headgear with care. Parts may loosen and injure you if used incorrectly.

Appointments

Keep to your appointments. Each missed appointment generally adds one month to the total treatment time.

Keeping us informed

It is important to keep us informed of any potential concerns or questions you may have during your treatment. Please call the office if you experience any complications (e.g. broken wire, loose bands or brackets, loss of appliance). Please also ensure that we are informed of any accidents or illnesses, as they may affect your treatment.

We politely request that women inform us if they are or become pregnant.