Adult Orthodontic Braces by London Cosmetic Dentistry
What orthodontic treatment is available? We offer two types of orthodontic treatment: fixed and removable. CFast cosmetic tooth alignment system is an advanced fixed brace treatment.Invisalign is a clear, removable aligner Both options have their advantages. Talk to your cosmetic dentist to discuss which approach is best for you.
Cfast: Fixed Brace FAQ’s
Will it be painful?It is likely to be sore for about 3 – 5 days each time the brace is adjusted. You can take over the counter painkillers if necessary. We also have products to help with sores inside the mouth from the braces rubbing.Can I remove the brace?The orthodontic brace is fixed to the teeth for the whole of your treatment. You should not try to remove it, as you may damage your teeth and the treatment will not work.Can I eat normally?Yes you should be able to eat normally. However, it is important to take good care of your teeth and brace. In order to prevent damage to both, we recommend:
Avoid drinking fizzy drinks (including diet drinks) and excessive amounts of fruit juice.
Take care when eating crunchy apples, crusty bread, etc. which might damage the brace. Cut them up first.
What about tooth brushing?It is important that you brush your teeth thoroughly, three times per day and use fluoride toothpaste. Brushing may take a little longer when you have a fixed brace. We also recommend a daily fluoride mouth rinse last thing at night, after tooth brushing.Failure to keep your teeth and brace clean could lead to permanent scarring of your teeth as shown in the previous picture. Your dentist will advise you on the best teeth cleaning methods.How long will treatment take?Depending on your teeth, the whole treatment will take 6 – 24 months. Will I need to wear anything in addition to the fixed brace?In some cases it’s necessary for you to wear headgear and/or elastics. Headgear is usually worn in the evenings and at night. Elastics are worn inside the mouth all the time, including mealtimes.Will I need to wear a retainer?Once your fixed brace has been removed, you will need to wear a retaining brace (retainer). This may be removable or it may be fixed behind your front teeth. The length of time this has to be worn can vary. How often will I need to visit the dentist?You will need regular appointments during the active phase of treatment for the brace to be adjusted, usually every 4-6 weeks.Do I still need to see my regular dentist?Yes. It will be important you still have checkups with your regular dentist throughout orthodontic treatment so that your teeth can be checked for decay, and kept free of plaque between visits.What do I do if I play contact sports?It is recommended you wear a gum shield. This will also be the case if you enjoy riding a bicycle, roller-skating, or skateboarding. Ask your dentist about providing a gum shield.Will it stop me playing my musical instrument?If you play a wind instrument, particularly the flute or a brass instrument, then a fixed brace may make it more difficult but not impossible. Talk to your music teacher.What do I do if my brace breaks?Book an appointment at the studio as soon as possible. Do not wait for your next routine appointment as the breakage may slow your treatment, or may result in damage to your teeth.
Invisalign: Removable Brace FAQ’s
Will it be painful? It is likely to be sore for about 3-5 days each time the brace is adjusted. You can take over the counter painkillers if necessary. Try not to stop wearing the brace as this will mean you will have to go through the 3-5 days of discomfort all over again when you have it re-fitted. If you have any problems, contact the studio for an appointment. How might the brace affect me? A removable brace can affect your speech however it should return to normal within a couple of days once you used to the brace. You may also find yourself swallowing a lot to begin with. This is normal and will quickly pass. Can I eat normally? Yes you can able to eat normally. Keep the brace in whilst eating unless you are otherwise instructed by your dentist. After each meal remove the brace and rinse it thoroughly. How do I take care of my brace? It is important that you take good care of your teeth and brace for your orthodontic treatment to be effective. We recommend avoiding the following:
Fizzy drinks including diet drinks, excessive amounts of fruit juice
Hard foods which might damage the brace such as crunchy apples, crusty bread rolls, etc…
Very chewy and/or sugary foods like toffees, boiled sweets, sugared chewing gum, chocolate bars, etc…
How do I brush my teeth?It is important that you brush your teeth thoroughly, three times per day and use fluoride toothpaste. We also recommend a daily fluoride mouth rinse last thing at night, after tooth brushing. Take the brace out to clean your teeth. Gently brush the brace, but don’t use toothpaste on it, as this will cause damage. Special cleaning tablets are available to soak your brace in. Can I remove the brace? Yes but you should only remove your brace for cleaning. Do not play with the brace with your tongue as this can cause damage to the brace. How long will my treatment take? Depending on your teeth, it will take between 6 to 24 months. If you keep removing your brace your treatment will take longer. How often do I need to come in? You will need regular appointments for the brace to be adjusted. Do I still need to see my regular dentist? Yes. Keep attending checkups with your regular dentist throughout orthodontic treatment so that your oral health can be monitored. What if I do contact sports? You should wear a gum shield instead of your removable brace when you play contact sports or take part in any other physical activities. Ask your dentist. Your brace should be kept in a protective box when not in your mouth.