During your next visit, the “banding appointment”, your braces will be placed on your teeth. At Gold Coast Orthodontists we use a special technique called “indirect bonding”. The moulds taken at your previous appointment are used to create templates of your teeth. This template is used to place the brackets in the exact position on your teeth without you having to keep your mouth open for a long period of time.
The brackets are attached using a special bonding material – brace glue and a light that sets the glue. Once the braces have been placed, an archwire will then be threaded through each bracket. This appointment usually takes about 1 hour. In this time your braces will be placed and you will be given clear instructions on how to take care of your new braces. It is common for tenderness to develop a few hours after the braces are first placed. This tenderness is your body’s response as your teeth begin to move. It will generally last 3-4 days and then subside.
We recommend that Panadol (Paracetemol) be taken immediately after the braces are placed and then one tablet 4 hourly for the first 3-4 days. This will keep any tenderness very manageable. When you attend to have your braces adjusted, you may experience minor tenderness for the following couple of days. However, it is rarely ever as much as when the braces were initially placed. Some patients are more sensitive to the braces and may develop minor ulcerations. We provide our patients with wax when their braces are placed and we recommend placing the wax over the braces in the area of ulceration to prevent further rubbing from the braces. Most ulcers will resolve naturally in 7-10 days.
If a broken bracket or wire is rubbing your cheek (we will show you how to check for this, please contact us to make an appointment). We strongly recommend that all patients who participate in contact sports have a mouth guard custom-made by their general dentist. As your teeth are straightened it may be necessary to make another mouth guard as the previous mouth guard may not fit well. The mouth guards are made to cover both your teeth and the braces (impressions of your teeth and braces are required).