Fouda Orthodontics

Prof. Dr. Maher Abdelsalam Fouda Dr. Ahmed Maher Fouda Dr. Sherif Maher Fouda
Risks of Orthodontic Appliances
  • Decalcification

    Poor oral hygiene, leaving plaque and food on the teath around the braces due to inadequate tooth brushing, can cause decay and permanent staining (decalcification) of the teeth.
    Your oral hygiene will be offered. Patients who can't keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy are extremely unlikely to cope with cleaning when there is a brace on the teeth as it is much more difficult to clean and it takes a lot more time. We would prefer that patients have healthy crooked teeth than have straight teeth with decay or discolouration on them.

  • Gum Swelling

    Plaque can irritate the gums and cause them to swell and go red/purple and bleed when brushing. Removing plaque thoroughly every day will prevent this.

  • Allergies

    Most orthodontic appliances have an amount of nickel in them. A few patients are sensitive to nickel, however it is unlikely that they will react to nickel-containing components in the mouth. Please advice us of any allergies at your initial appointment.

  • Trauma

    Whilst wearing an orthodontic appliance parts of the brace may cause ulceration to the soft tissues of the mouth. Advice is given to patients when the brace is fitted on how to prevent this. Some patients require headgear to be worn in conjuction with their brace. There have been isolated reports that the headgear has come dislodged whilst sleeping and has caused an eye/face injury. It is important when wearing your headgear to take precautions against the headgear dislodging from the brace. Advice is always given when headgear is fitted.

  • Failure to Complete Proposed Treatment Plan

    Prior to starting a course of treatment patients are given information about what their treatment will entail and benefits and risks. Patients are only accepted for treatment when these risks and benefits have been explained and what the treatment will entail.Patients need to be aware of the importance of wearing their brace for the prescribed length of time, maintaining good oral hygiene, taking care of their braces and keeping their appointments so that their appliances can be adjusted regularly. Failure to comply with any of these instructions may lead to termination of treatment prematurely before the desired final result has been achieved.
    Patients have to be sure that the expected result will outweigh the risks and length of treatment.

  • Relapse

    Teeth may have a tendency to change their positions after treatment. The long term, faithful wearing of retainers should reduce this tendency.
    Teeth can however, move any time, whether or not they have had orthodontic treatment. This is especially true during the late teen period when active growth of the facial bones is coming to an end. The most vulnerable teeth are those at the front.
    Very occasionally tooth movements will be severe enough to merit a further course of treatment to ensure a satisfactory result.

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