Course of orthodontic treatment |

Prof. DDr. med. Erwin Jonke

medical specialist in orthodontics

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Course of an orthodontic treatment

During an orthodontic treatment regular check-up and treatment appointments should be unconditionally adhered to throughout the entire treatment. In the process the dental braces will be adjusted to the new position of the teeth. In case you have aligners, you will receive new splints every two weeks to avoid that the teeth slowly move back to the initial position. Here often many questions come up - we would like to give you an overview now.

Does it hurt to adjust dental braces?
Many patients report that they feel a little unpleasant during the first 3-5 days. If this sensation continues, we recommend an accompanying osteopathic treatment.

Should I see a dentist during the time I am wearing braces?
Yes, also with braces you should see a dentist twice a year.

Do I need to stick to a special diet when I am wearing a dental brace?
No. Simply avoid dishes that are particularly hard, sticky foods, chewing gum or jelly bears in order to avoid causing damage to your dental brace.

How often do I need to visit the orthodontist during my treatment?
Sticking to regular appointments is one of the most important things that determine the success of an orthodontic treatment. Not only the treatment progress will be checked - your braces will also be individually fitted and readjusted.

Can I also do sports when wearing dental braces?
Of course, yes. The wearing of a mouth guard is recommended for contact sports - but this equally applies if you don't wear dental braces.

What can I do if I have a problem?
If a problem occurs with your dental brace, please call our surgery right away and arrange an appointment. In the case that this is not immediately possible, the following tips might be helpful. 

  • Broken/sticking out wire 
    For example, if the end of a wire stiches you into your cheek, stick the end of the wire into a small pellet of wax.
  • Detached bracket 
    A loose bracket usually keeps hanging on the wire. You shouldn't wear any rubber bands until you have a repair date. Whatever happens, keep the detached part and bring it to the next appointment.
  • Broken retainer 
    If your retainer breaks, you should visit our surgery as soon as possible in order to get it repaired.
  • Swallowed particles 
    Regularly, swallowed particles of a dental brace pass the normal way through the digestive tract. Immediate medical help is required if you have a shortage of breath.