If you are thinking of having orthodontic treatment, you will need to know about the risks of treatment and how to look after your teeth and braces.
Patients should finish their orthodontic treatment with healthy teeth and gums. Unfortunately, some patients do experience problems during orthodontic treatment. Your orthodontist or dentist will talk to you about the common risks of treatment and about those that might particularly affect you.
NEARLY ALL PROBLEMS ARE PREVENTABLE WITH SIMPLE CARE OF YOUR TEETH, GUMS AND BRACES
The BOS has produced a range of leaflets for patients containing essential advice about looking after your teeth, gums and braces to ensure that the damage in the picture shown here does not happen to you. Links to these leaflets are at the bottom of this page so you can find about more about preventing damage and keeping your mouth healthy during your brace treatment.
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Read general information about orthodontic treatment and what having braces might involve
Find out about some of the problems that can occur during brace treatment as well as how they can be prevented
Contains general information about keeping your teeth and gums clean and in great shape for braces
Find out the best thinks to eat and drink during your brace treatment - essential information to reduce the risk of damage to the teeth
Fixed braces are the most common type of orthodontic appliance. This leaflet contains information as to what to expect and advice to help look after your braces
Removable braces are in common use for simple orthodontic problems. There are several important steps to looking after these appliances
Keeping the teeth straight once the braces are removed is extremely important and retainers are needed in almost all cases. Find out more in this leaflet
While not used as much as previously headgear is still recommended for some patients and carries some specific risks which patients should be aware of
Functional braces such as the Twin Block are a very popular way of reducing the projection of the top teeth. Read more about what to expect and how to look after these effective appliances
Orthodontic mini-screws or TADs have become increasingly common in recent years. This leaflet explains what is involved, the risks and how to look after mini-screws during treatment
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