You and Your Braces
Now that you have your braces it is important to know each part and how it functions:
Molar Bands – Thin rings of metal fitted around a molar tooth and cemented into place. The band provides a way to attach the bracket and wire to the tooth.
Headgear Tubes – Small round hollow attachments on the back bands.
Brackets – Small metal, plastic, or ceramic attachments that hold the archwire in place. They are bonded directly onto the tooth’s surface.
Archwire – Main wire that acts as a track to guide teeth along. It is changed periodically throughout the treatment, as teeth move to their new positions.
Elastic Ligatures – Tiny rubber bands used as tie wires to hold the archwire in the brackets. These are available in many different colors.
Elastics Auxiliaries – Chains, elastic threads, and other elastics used to move teeth.
Tie Wires (Ligatures) – Fine wires that are twisted around each bracket to hold the archwire in place.
Buccal Tubes – Small hollow metal tubes attached to the back bands to hold the archwires into place.
Phos-Flur is a sodium fluoride gel that helps prevent tooth decay while you are wearing braces by killing bacteria and replacing minerals in tooth enamel that have been exposed to harmful acids. The use of Phos-Flur does not replace daily brushing and flossing but should be done following your daily schedule at bedtime. Place a small strip of Phos-Flur on a toothbrush and apply it to your teeth for one minute and spit it out. You may not eat or drink for 30 minutes after you use Phos-Flur. It is important for the active ingredient to stay on your teeth for 30 minutes, so do not wash it away by eating or drinking.
Peroxyl, (or Gly-Oxide), a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse, will reduce inflammation to your gums and cheeks. Peroxyl helps to prevent infection and decrease irritation that may develop from your braces. Rinse your mouth with two teaspoons of Peroxyl (half a capful) for one minute and then spit it out. You may use Peroxyl up to four times daily following your schedule for brushing: after meals (or after school) and before bed. Just like using peroxide for a scrape on your skin, Peroxyl helps the inside of your mouth heal. Peroxyl can be used to treat general irritation caused by your braces or for canker sores, cheek bites and other minor injuries to the gums.
CLEANING YOUR REMOVABLE APPLIANCE
Brush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Because food particles and plaque can accumulate on your appliance just as they do on your teeth, soak the appliance weekly. Dissolve a Polident, Efferdent or other denture-cleaning tablet in a glass of tap water at room temperature and soak your appliance once every week. Your appliance will taste better, and you will prevent plaque and bacterial accumulation.
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