Life After Braces : Oral Care and Precautions to Follow

For many people life becomes boring and compels you to go in hiding when you wear braces as your mouth becomes full of metal not allowing you to have a pleasant smile. Now-a-days you can wear braces of different shapes, material and colors. Now the typical gray color has gone obsolete and can add personality to your demeanor instead of demeaning your personality.

Dental Care with Braces

Initial Few days with Bracing – What to Expect

In the first few days you may experience some tenderness and sensitivity in your mouth and teeth. Some pain reliever, prescribed by your dentist would help. Just ensure that this tenderness and other related issues should simmer down in 8-10 days from receiving braces. You should apply wax on the braces, available in your kit, to avoid any kind of friction and attrition in your inside cheeks by the braces that may lead to sore spots or bruises.

In any case, if you happen to develop sore spots, it is best to rinse your mouth with lukewarm salty water many times throughout the day. In addition, you can also count on over the counter medicines of ulcer like SM 26 or bongela, which you can find in your local medical store. In the initial few days you should avoid any hard food and find solace in softer foods like ice cream, pastas, custards, curd, soups, fish etc.

Care with Brushing

Brushing your teeth for a minimum of two times regularly during wearing braces to dislodge food particles within your teeth and braces is very important. You can fix the time of morning and post dinner.

Type of brush you should use also plays a great role here. Soft bristled toothbrush having a small strip of fluoride toothpaste can do. You should move the bush in circular motion to dislodge food particles stuck under your gum line. Hold your brush in a manner so that it can reach the remotest parts of your mouth and teeth to offer a clean sweep to the food particles and bacteria. Take time to clean your mouth; don’t do it in haste. You should also sweep off the roof and surface of your tongue prior to rinsing your mouth to give it a super clean environment. Just don’t forget to brush over the braces including your gums while doing so.

Care with Flossing

Flossing is also vital while wearing brace. It removes food particles and plaque, lodged between the teeth where toothbrush may not reach. This activity takes more patience and time especially with braces, but don’t get exhausted, as it is imperative to get the best results and avoid any complications.

You should get a reusable floss thread and slide it up and down along every tooth. You should also gently floss along your archwire too but be gentle and do not apply force. It is especially recommended to follow flossing activity at night just to avoid any bacterial formation in your mouth during the night.

Recaldent Chewing Gum

This chewing gum assists in combating acid attacks from plaque, food, bacteria, and mouth acids. In case you are outside and not able to brush so frequently, recaldent chewing gum is the remedy. You should chew it after eating or consuming any high sugar or acidic fluid or foods. Avoid chewing more than 4 pieces in a day.

Tooth Mousse

You may also be advised to use Tooth Mousse. It contains calcium and phosphate, the major minerals teeth are made from. Like saliva, this cream prevents regular acid attack after eating. Take a small amount of cream onto your finger or toothbrush and spread in the areas, which is attached with the bands and brackets. Leave it on for as long as you can in your mouth to get best results. Spit the excess paste and do not rinse your mouth. You can use this paste every night after brushing.

Eating Precautions

You should avoid hard and sticky food like bubble gum, red skin, lolly pops, roll ups, chocolate bars, toffee, hard muesli bars, apricots, almonds, nuts, popcorn and corn chips. You should also stay away from hard biscuits, ice, crusts on pies and pizzas, hard raw fruits or vegetables. Don’t chew fingernails, pencils and pens.

Sports with Braces

If you are an athlete or love sports, you can play sports with your braces on! Just ensure that you wear a mouth guard to safeguard your teeth and your braces. You can also contact your orthodontist if you require help finding the proper mouth guard for protecting your braces.

Loose Wire, Teeth and Bands

With the progressive straightening of your teeth, the arch wire may get loose poking out of the back bands and brackets, rubbing on your cheeks. Under these circumstances, apply wax over the poked wire. In case the wire is too long you can visit your orthodontist for remedy. It is quite common to get 1-2 broken brackets during this phase. It may due to hard or sticky food or playing with the device.

When to Contact Orthodontist

You should consult orthodontist if your brackets or wire has become loose and not holding its place. It may require refitting or cutting to reinstate it.

If you are feeling any discomfort due to wire on your braces like some sort of irritation that is not subsiding, you need to visit your dentist to resolve it by keeping the wire off the irritated area using an eraser or cotton swab.

In the initial week of your braces you are tend to feel some adjustments issues, some soreness, pain, and discomfort. In this case you can rely on Advil or Tylenol until you adjust with your new braces. If you are unable to adjust with the new member in your mouth even after a week, it is advisable to immediately visit your orthodontist for resolving the issues.

Wearing braces is no more a taboo now and there are various ways to select it as per your need and preference. Just ensure you follow the guidelines while the braces are on, you will never face any trouble. Happy bracing !!

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Dental Fillings

Why live with painful and unsightly cavities when you can have them filled by our dentists in a painless procedure!
In order to repair a cavity, the decayed portion of your tooth will be removed by your dentist. The portion of the tooth occupied by the decayed material will then be filled. Fillings are utilised to repair teeth that are broken, cracked, or that have cavities.

What Are The Steps For Filling Teeth?
Initially, a local anaesthetic will be injected into the area that surrounds the tooth. Novocaine is normally used. Then, a drill, laser, or air abrasion will be utilised to remove the area that is decayed. The type of instrument that is used will depend on the preference and training of your dentist, along with the extent and location of the tooth decay.

Your dentist will then test and probe the area of decay to ensure that all decayed material has been removed. After the removal of the decay, the space to be occupied by the filling will be cleaned so that all debris and bacteria are removed. If the area of the decay is close to the root, a liner constructed of a composite resin, glass ionomer or other type of material may be used in order to provide protection to the nerve. After the insertion of the filling, it will be finished and polished.

Additional steps are needed for fillings that are tooth-coloured. Subsequent to the removal of decay and cleaning of the area, the material that is tooth-coloured will be applied in layers. A specially designed light that hardens or cures each layer is used. After the completion of the multi-layering procedure, the composite material will be shaped by your dentist, excess material will be trimmed, and it will be polished.

Filling Materials Used
There are several types of filling materials that are currently available. Teeth may be filled with porcelain, gold, silver amalgam, or tooth-coloured composite resins. Silver amalgam is comprised of mercury with tin, silver, copper, and zinc mixed with it. The extent and location of the cavity, expense of filling material, insurance coverage of the patient, and the recommendation of the dentist will determine the kind of filling material that will best suit your needs

Gold Fillings

  • Extremely durable – will usually last for the life of the patient. Will not corrode.
  • Strength – Can withstand almost any chewing forces
  • Aesthetics – Some people prefer the look of gold to sliver amalgam


  • Expense – more costly than other types of material. Can be 10 X more costly than amalgam
  • Multiple Office Visits – requires a minimum of two visits
  • Aesthetics – some patients don’t like its appearance

Silver Amalgam Fillings

  • Durability – Normally lasts longer than composites. Normally lasts ten to fifteen years or more.
  • Strength – able to withstand all chewing forces
  • Expense – costs less than gold or composite fillings


  • Generally poor aesthetics – natural colour of teeth is not matched
  • Requires more space – A portion of the tooth that is healthy must be removed, at times, to provide a large enough area for the amalgam filling.
  • Discolouration – a hue that is greyish may be imparted to the adjacent tooth structure
  • Fractures and Cracks – All teeth expand and contract with temperature changes, which can cause cracking. However, amalgam materials may expand and contract to a greater extent than other materials, leading to an increased incidence of fractures and cracks.
  • Allergies – approximately 1% of patients have allergies to the mercury that is in silver amalgam

Composite Fillings – Tooth Coloured

  • Aesthetics – composites can be closely matched to the colour of the patient’s teeth. They are particularly useful for teeth that are visible
  • Bonding – composite fillings will bond chemically with a tooth and provide structural support to the tooth
  • Versatile – can also be utilised in the repair of broken, worn, or chipped teeth
  • Space requirement – at times less tooth material is needed to be removed in comparison to silver amalgam fillings when preparing a space for this filling.


  • Reduced durability – Composite fillings do not last as long as amalgams or gold. In addition, they often don’t hold up as well under the pressure of use, particularly if they are used to fill large cavities.
  • Takes Longer – due to the process needed to fill a tooth with composite materials, it takes longer in the dentists chair to place them.
  • More than one visit – if composites are being used for onlays or inlays, it may require more than one office visit
  • Chipping – composite materials are more likely to chip than amalgams
  • Cost – composite filling may cost twice as much as amalgam fillings

Additional Filling Materials
In addition to composite resins that are tooth coloured, there are two other types of tooth-coloured fillings. Glass ionomer and ceramics.

Glass Ionomer
This material is constructed of a specific type of glass and acrylic. It is commonly utilised on fillings that are beneath the gum line and for young children. This material releases fluoride, which may protect a tooth from additional decay. Nevertheless, glass ionomer is not as strong as composite resin and more prone to fracture and wear. It normally lasts for five years or less and the expense is similar to composites.

Usually constructed of porcelain. Ceramics are stain resistant, compared to composites, but are more abrasive. Ceramics are very durable, and usually last for 15 years or more, but, they are costly, and the expense can be similar to gold.

Porcelain Crown & Veneers

Rejuvenate Your Smile with Porcelain Crown and Veneers from Monash Dental Group
Remember; beautiful and aesthetically appealing cosmetic dentistry is not a matter of chance; it demands an experienced clinician who is sensitive to your unique needs and an expert dental ceramist who leverages the art and science of dentistry to deliver optimal results. At Monash Dental Group, we boast an expert team of experienced cosmetic dentists, who have extensive experience in fitting patients with porcelain veneers and crowns. Our first-class porcelain veneers and crowns are highly effective for your unique functional and cosmetic needs.

At Monash Dental Group, our products are expertly crafted to compliment your age, gender, expectations, and facial features. We leverage the expertise of the best dental ceramists to guarantee that the veneers and crowns are of premium quality, resilient, and possess excellent craftsmanship. We work diligently to provide you with a top-quality product that beautifully compliments your face, while simultaneously restoring the function and aesthetics of your natural teeth.

Porcelain Veneers
Typically, porcelain veneers are a form of thin laminates of chinaware that are securely bonded to the surface of the tooth. For diverse dental problems, it is one of the most aesthetically appealing means of enhancing your smile. Veneers are one of the most popular treatments for restoration of chips, spaces, fractures, unshapely and discoloured teeth, or misaligned and rotated teeth. They deliver an unmatched cosmetic makeover that allows alteration of shape, position, size, and the colour of your teeth. Monash Dental Group boasts experienced cosmetic dentists who deliver exceptional results with porcelain veneers. We feature:

  • Dramatic yet aesthetically beautiful and natural cosmetic dental enhancement
  • Durable, high quality, and permanent
  • Enhanced self esteem

The procedure typically requires two appointments. At first, the tooth is prepared for minimal reduction to make enough space for the porcelain veneer. A mould of the tooth is taken for fabrication, which takes approximately 2 weeks. In the next visit, the permanent veneer is bonded in place.

Crowns are a rigid and strong cap that restores the tooth to its natural function and anatomic contours, as well as protects the underlying tooth. In certain conditions, where veneers are not possible, crowns are a suitable option. Some of the scenarios in which crowns may be used include tooth fractures, large restorations, functionally compromised teeth, history of root canal therapy, and acute damage due to decay. There are a wide range of choices available in crowns and bridges.

Dental crown procedures take just two appointments, depending on the condition of your teeth and gums. First, the tooth is prepared for reduction and an impression is taken for fabrication. A temporary, plastic crown in fitted while the mould is being fabricated. In the next visit, the temporary crown is removed and the final crown is secured permanently into position. The fabrication procedure may take time depending on the type of crown.

Monash Dental Group is an expert in crowns and veneers, delivering matchless quality and desired results. The key benefits are:

  • Extensive protection and support to the compromised or damaged teeth
  • Natural and aesthetically enhanced appearance
  • Restoration of full functions and a confident smile

Contact the professionals at Monash Dental Group for more details on porcelain veneers and crowns. We guarantee excellent quality and fantastic results in a cost-effective manner.