THE BRACE PROCESS

ASSESSMENT

The first appoinment is a consultation during which you discuss with Dr Mulgrew what you would like to change about your smile. Your teeth and bite are then assessed and measured, photographs, x-rays and impressions of your teeth maybe taken. Dr Mulgrew will then explain the options available to youand the risks and benefits of each option. He will also give you an idea of how long the treatment will take and the total investment involved. All you need to do is decide whether you wish to proceed.

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Brace Fitting

Removable Braces
Some patients require a removable brace as part of their treatment. These are not retainers! At this appointment the removable brace is fitted. The brace may require adjusting to make sure it’s comfortable. The patient is then shown how to take the brace in and out and given instructions on how to wear the brace & what to expect.

 

Fixed Braces
When all the preliminary work is done your brace will then be fitted. This is a longer appointment that will involve gluing brackets onto your teeth and placing an archwire to gently guide your teeth into the desired position. Elastics are tied over each bracket to hold the wire in place. These elastics come in many colours so if you’re feeling particularly fashionable you can jazz up the brace with the colour of your choice.

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ADJUST APPOINTMENTS

You will then have to come every 6-8 weeks to have you braces adjusted. These are not merely ‘check-ups’. These appointments are when the magic happens and your teeth are directed into position. Wires and elastics maybe changed so you change the colour again if desired. If you can’t make these appoints please cancel and reschedule as missing these appointments may extend your treatment time significantly.

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DEBOND

D-day is here! The day you have been dreaming of is here. Your braces are removed and your lovely straight teeth are cleaned down and unveiled. We will take photos so smile big. If you wish we can give you the before and after pictures so you can see the incredible difference for yourself.

RETAINERS

ou will also be given a set of retainers. These MUST be worn every night for the first year after your brace is removed. After that, If you want your teeth to stay exactly the same they must be worn a few nights a week on a long term basis and replaced when they wear out. Top tip…if you wish to whiten your teeth just pop some whitening gel into your retainers! Wollah…perfect straight white teeth!

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AFTERCARE

We’ll want to see you again between 4 and 6 months just to make sure your teeth haven’t moved any and your retainer still fits. Then it’s all over to you but we’re always available should you need any further help at all.

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