BOS warning on DIY braces

The British Orthodontic Society has issued a warning to members of the public about the dangers of DIY braces and given the recent publicity this has received and the potential rapid growth of these services, I thought I would write a short piece on this. A few weeks...

Do braces hurt?

On the rare occasions that people notice you have braces and are willing to talk to you about them, one of the top three questions that get’s asked is “do your braces hurt?”  This is a very subjective question as, if you were to ask ten people...
Watercress and braces

Watercress and braces

In a previous post I wrote about difficulty eating rocket leaves whilst wearing braces.  I didn’t take long to discover a solution, watercress!  As well as being good for you and tasty, I found watercress didn’t get tangled in my arch wires or brackets and...
Archwires

Archwires

During my orthodontic treatment, and when I remembered, I asked to keep the arch wires when they were replaced with new ones.  I was fascinated by how they were working between appointments to move my teeth and now that I have had a chance to look at the collection...

How to make an Essix retainer

Essix retainers seem to be the retainer of choice for many patients (and orthodontists) and this clip shows how one is made.  It seems a simple process that both relies on the accuracy of the impressions taken at the surgery and the skill of the technician making the...