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Fixed Braces: Myth Busting Facts

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on September 14, 2020

Are there braces that are invisible?

If you’re wanting all the benefits of fixed braces but don’t want them to show at all, then you’re in luck, as Incognito lingual braces are fitted just like traditional braces… but to the back rather than the front side of your teeth. Win win. So, yes, that means they’re truly totally invisible and the only way people would know you have braces is if you were to tell them.

How long does it take for braces to stop rubbing?

It’s quite likely that the metal wires and brackets may initially rub the inside of your mouth and lips but you can use wax if needed to protect the soft tissues while you get used to your new braces. The good news is that the mouth usually adapts very quickly – if you have an ulcer, normally, it will heal pretty quickly.

How do you brush your teeth with braces on?

We definitely suggest using an electric toothbrush, ideally one which uses sonic technology, like the Sonicare, to get rid of plaque in places even the brush can’t reach. In terms of brushing technique, Dr Kyi recommends you hold the brush across the arch in 3 ‘rows’: 1) Above the brackets and on the gum margin; 2) Along the brackets; 3) Below the brackets on the biting surface.

How often do you have to go to the dentist with braces?

It’s really important to continue going for routine dental check-ups, ideally every 6-12 months, as well as going for regular hygiene appointments as advised by your dentist or hygienist. Especially if you have fixed braces, sticking to an excellent oral hygiene routine – both at home and through routine dental and hygiene visits – is the key to the long-term health of your teeth and gums.

Can you play rugby if you have braces?

Yes, you can play rugby or other contact sports if you wear fixed braces but you will need to take special care and we’d also always recommend wearing a custom-made mouth guard to protect not only your teeth but your braces as well. If you’re a keen sportsperson, we’d also suggest considering Invisalign instead for your treatment.

West London Orthodontics offers the most advanced orthodontic care for children and adults. Serving patients in Hammersmith, Shepherd's Bush, and Chiswick, Dr Kyi and her team specialise in various brace options, including Invisalign. Book a consultation today.

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