Removable Braces & Brace Care

Here are the answers to some common questions about removable appliances and wearing them.

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Will it hurt?

For the first 4-5 days of having your removable brace, and for a day or two each time it is adjusted, you may experience some discomfort in your mouth. The teeth may get a little sore, and parts of the brace may rub on your gum, lips, cheeks or tongue. You may also notice increased saliva flow, and an effect on your speech. This is normal, and soon you’ll get used to wearing your brace and your speech will go back to normal. To improve your speech sooner, you can practise by reading aloud while wearing the brace.

Try and wear the brace as much as possible during those first few days. If you leave your brace out for a long time, you will have to get used to it all over again when you start wearing it once more.

If necessary, you may wish to take mild painkillers such the ones you would normally take for headaches. Please read the instructions on the packet regarding how much you should take.

We can supply you with some orthodontic wax if you wish. If any part of the retainer is digging into your lips or cheeks, tear off a small piece of wax, roll it into a small pea-sized ball between your fingers, and gently mould this over any troublesome part of the retainer. This acts as a cushion, keeping your lip or cheek away from the retainer components.

If you continue to have discomfort beyond the first few days, contact the practice so that an emergency appointment can be arranged as soon as possible to adjust your removable brace. Don’t just wait for your next appointment as this could prolong your treatment duration.

Do I have to wear my removable brace all the time?

Yes. The key to successful orthodontic treatment with removable braces is wearing them, not removing them! Removable braces do not work in your pocket! Wear your removable brace(s) all day and all night wherever you are. There are only a few exceptions to this rule:-

You may remove them for:

  • Eating main meals
  • Brushing your teeth
  • Playing contact sports or very active physical games or PE (in which case you should wear a mouthguard instead)
  • Playing wind musical instruments
  • Swimming

Going on holiday is not an exception to this rule! Only remove your brace for a short while for the above exceptions, and when you do, always store the brace in a small rigid container which we will provide to avoid damage to, or loss of your brace.

How do I take care of my removable brace?

Do not leave your removable brace lying around outside its container. Do not carry the brace loose in your pockets or your bag. Do not wrap up your brace in tissue paper or a napkin and then leave it lying around. To avoid damage to, or loss of your brace, always store it in its container/box when it is not being worn.

To keep your removable brace clean, brush it with your regular toothbrush and toothpaste whenever you brush your own teeth. You may wish to purchase brace cleaning tablets from a chemists as an extra measure.

Do not wash your removable brace in very warm or boiling water; do not expose it to heat (such as the radiator or the dishwasher!); and do not use bleach or household disinfectants or chemicals to clean your brace.

Always insert or remove your brace according to your orthodontist’s instructions. Do not get into the habit of clicking it in and out. This can be damaging to your teeth, to your brace, and very annoying to those around you!

Should I brush my teeth as normal?

You should brush your teeth thoroughly preferably after each meal. Take a travel brush with you to school or work so that you can brush after lunch. Use a fluoride mouthwash or brush with a fluoride gel last thing at night after toothbrushing.

How long will I have to wear my removable brace?

Your orthodontist would have given you some indication of this. Treatment with removable braces usually takes between 4-12 months. You need to attend for regular appointments so that your brace is adjusted and your tooth movements are checked.

Why haven’t you fitted fixed braces instead?

Different braces have different functions. Your orthodontist has assessed and analysed your orthodontic problem to come up with the treatment plan that is customised to produce the best possible improvement for your bite. This sometimes involves wearing removable braces which act to bring about specific changes which fixed braces may not be very efficient at achieving. Treatment with removable braces is quite often (but not always) followed or preceded by fixed brace treatment.

Do I still need to see my regular dentist?

Regardless of the type of orthodontic treatment you are having, you should always continue to arrange six-monthly check-ups with your dentist.

What should I do if my brace is damaged or lost?

Contact the practice as soon as possible for an emergency appointment and/or advice. Do not wait for your next scheduled appointment as this may slow your treatment, or may result in unwanted tooth movement. Very occasionally we may be able to remake your brace in your absence; or repair it if someone else brings in the damaged brace. A charge is made for replacing very damaged or lost braces. If you repeatedly damage or lose your brace, no progress will be made, and treatment may be stopped.

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How much do removable braces cost?

Removable braces are an effective alternative to conventional metal braces, starting from £1290. But the cost of orthodontics is often one of the things that stops people from seeking treatment.

Here at Elite Orthodontics, our fees are similar to those of a general dentist. Only, as specialist orthodontists in London, we provide a higher quality of care and strive to achieve the very best outcomes for our patients.

Our prices vary depending on several factors – including the type of treatment, the complexity of treatment, how long the procedure takes, and the number of removable appliances required, to name just a few.

So, to find out exactly how much you will pay for removable braces in central London, arrange a consultation with our specialists by calling the practice on 020 7580 5370.

What are the benefits of removable braces?

With their unsightly metal wires and brackets, fixed braces don’t necessarily look the best – and that’s why so many people opt for our removable braces in London.

These appliances are designed to straighten teeth, allowing you to achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of, without feeling self-conscious. Much like fixed braces, they must be worn at all times and only removed for a short while, to help your teeth maintain their correct position.

The key benefits of having a removable brace include:

• Convenient removal for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing
• Relatively discreet
• Easy to clean
• Less risk of oral hygiene problems during treatment
• There are no foods and drinks you need to avoid

For more information about removable braces or to discuss your specific requirements with our team, make an appointment today.

How effective are removable braces?

Given that there are so many orthodontic appliances that can straighten and realign teeth these days, knowing which to choose can be tricky.

Removable braces are becoming more and more popular, and it’s easy to understand why when they’re less noticeable than fixed braces and can be taken out to eat, drink, and clean your teeth.

Whilst you can (and should!) remove them when playing contact sports or musical instruments, we recommend that all patients who choose Elite Orthodontics for removable braces in London wear them for at least 20 hours a day. After all, the more you wear them, the better and faster you’ll see the results you want!

Our experienced team specialise in children and adult orthodontics and will be more than happy to talk you through the different options available at our practice, just off Harley Street. So, if you’d like an expert opinion on how to straighten your teeth and whether removable braces will work for you, get in touch.