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416 Upper Newtownards Road
Belfast BT4 3EZ

Removable Appliances and Retainers

It is essential to take good care of your removable appliance. if an appliance is lost or broken beyond repair you have to pay for it to be replaced regardless of the reason for breakage.

After fixed appliance therapy you will be provided with a removable retainer. If the retainer is lost or broken you will have to pay for a replacement retainer.

These are charges imposed by the C.S.A under N.H.S regulations and the practice has no control over them.

Caring For Your Fixed Brace

  • Discomfort
  • /
  • Cleaning Your Fixed Brace

Braces are quite delicate and you need to ensure you do not damage them. Breaking your brace means you will have to make an additional visit to us, and it may prolong your treatment.

The best way to avoid damage is to be careful what you eat and how hard you bite. Hard and chewy foods and treats such as toffee should not be eaten while undergoing treatment. Apples or carrots can still be eaten, but cut them into bite-sized pieces instead of biting into them. Chewing on fingernails, pens, etc, should also be avoided.

If you take part in contact sports, you need to protect your teeth and brace with an orthodontic mouthguard – please ask for more details.

Discomfort: After your brace has been fitted, you may find that your teeth are tender and your mouth is sore for the first week or so. This is perfectly normal, and it will get better.

We advise you to take whatever painkillers you would normally use for a headache (aspirin should not be given to children). To minimise the rubbing, you can use Ambesol or wax.

Cleaning Your Fixed Brace: If is more difficult to clean your teeth with fixed appliances in place. Permanent damage to the teeth (decay) can occur if the teeth and brackets are not kept clean and if sugary foods and drinks are consumed often e.g. between meals.

It is therefore very important to care for your fixed brace by careful brushing and eating a sensible diet.

To help reduce the risk of tooth decay we recommend that you should use a fluoride mouthwash throughout your treatment. Fluoride toughens the teeth and protects them against decay.

Surgery Opening Hours

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • 8.30am - 4.30pm
  • 8.30am - 12.30pm
  • 8.30am - 4.30pm
  • 8.30am - 12.30pm
  • 8.30am - 1.00pm

* Private patients by arrangement

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