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Everything you need to know about your orthodontic treatment all in one easily accessible place…

At Victoria Park Dental Specialists in Eastwood, West Beach and Barmera we place high importance on providing full information for our patients. This enables informed decisions to be made not just on the preferred option of treatment, but ensures a deeper understanding of how the selected treatment will impact their life beyond the dental chair. Explore our resource pages:

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Recipes

To make your experience with us as easy and smooth as possible, we have made patient forms and aftercare instructions readily available…

Please see below for printable patient form and aftercare instructions for your convenience.

Browse our great recipes to enjoy throughout their orthodontic treatment.

We understand that it can be hard to have a varied diet which is why we like to post recipes to help you come up with ideas for dinner. Soups, mashed potatoes, omelets and pumpkin pie are great, soft foods to eat and are easy to adjust and modify. See our recipes.

Good dental hygiene is of particular importance at all times, however it is especially important when you are undergoing traditional orthodontic treatment.

Traditional orthodontics require diligence and compliance in cleaning as markings, gum disease and tooth decay can occur if patients eat sugary foods and do not brush their teeth properly. Inflammation of the gums and loss of supporting bone can also occur if bacterial plaque is not removed regularly with good oral hygiene. This is why we will always recommend brushing your teeth at least three times a day; after your main meals.

We also highly encourage visiting your general dentist regularly for check-ups and cleans to ensure your oral health throughout your treatment.

Important brushing techniques:

  • Brush your teeth at least three times a day.
  • Use a soft toothbrush with a small head for cleaning in and around your braces.
  • When brushing, move the toothbrush backwards and forwards in small circular motions above and below the braces.
  • Aim the toothbrush towards the wires and towards the gums.
  • Flossing is also important and should be done daily. We recommend the use of re-usable floss threaders to make flossing easier.

While undergoing traditional orthodontic treatment dental emergencies or situations can occur that may leave you confused as to what to do. Please see below for the most common emergency situations and Dr Helen McLean’s recommended actions.

I have sore teeth…

After braces have been put on, it is usual for teeth to be sore for up to 24 hours. This initial discomfort may even last 3 to 4 days. This is because your teeth are getting used to the constant pressure exerted on them, and should grow accustomed to this after a few days. Panadol or Nurofen will help to relieve this discomfort in the initial stages. A soft diet is also recommended to lighten the bite pressure on the teeth while they are sensitive.

I have sore lips and cheeks…

During the first few weeks of treatment, your lips and cheeks may become irritated or sore due to the brackets and wires. We will always supply you or your child with orthodontic wax to place over the appliance if it is causing concern. If you are out of wax, please speak with one of our friendly team who will happily supply you with more. As with the teeth, the soft tissues of the mouth should grow accustomed to the brackets and wires after a few weeks.

I have lost my appliance…

If your plate or retainer has been lost or broken it is essential to contact us immediately as if it is not amended, your teeth could ‘relapse’ and negate your progress. By contacting us as soon as possible we can organise to repair or replace the appliance for you.

I have broken a bracket…

If a bracket or metal band is loose or broken, please make an appointment with us as soon as possible as this can cause great discomfort within the mouth. If you cannot see us right away, we recommend placing your orthodontic wax over the bracket to protect your soft tissues from damage.

While you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, it is essential that you pay close attention to your diet as what you choose to consume could impact your treatment and cause delay in achieving your desired results.

It is important to avoid hard, sticky, or crunchy foods as they can pull brackets off teeth. It is also crucial to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet. Sugar can get in around the brackets and cause cavities.

If you have any questions regarding your diet or the best foods to eat during treatment, please speak with one of our experienced and friendly team. In the meantime, we recommend that you do not eat the following foods as they can greatly hinder your orthodontic treatment:

Hard Foods:

  • Crusty bread
  • Whole apples
  • Corn on the cob
  • Raw carrots
  • Meat on bones
  • Large pieces of tough steak
  • Pork crackling
  • Ice cubes

Sticky Lollies:

  • Hard-centre chocolates
  • Fantales
  • Redskins
  • Minties
  • Toffee
  • Lollipops
  • Warheads

It is also important that you do not:

  • Chew your pen
  • Open water bottles with your teeth
  • Chew your nails
  • Drink excessive amounts of Soft Drink

Plain soft chocolates are fine as long as you brush afterwards.