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Welcome to our Autumn newsletter.

The team at Kilmore Dental have been busy welcoming in the first few months of 2018.

Have you been delaying your six monthly check-ups with us?

For a bit of fun and to see where your oral health is headed, take our brand new dental quiz!

We would like to welcome our newest Oral Health Therapist - Sandy Phan!

Sandy graduated in 2013 from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Oral Health and has worked in both public health and private dentistry practices. She has experience with orthodontics and can even speak Vietnamese!

With Sandy working in both large and small dental practices, we know she will make a great asset to Kilmore Dental and Specialist Centre!
The team at Kilmore Dental know that at the end of your orthodontic treatment, you’ll have a beautiful smile and improved oral health.

However, to reach that point and to ensure you get amazing results, you need to give your smile and your hardware (or clear aligners) the TLC they really deserve!

Keep your eye on the prize!
Remember to stay motivated throughout your entire treatment by thinking of what your smile will look like when you’re done. One tip we tell our patients is to take some 'before' selfies to serve as a reminder of how far you’ve come.

You will get used to them
One of the best tips for new braces wearers or Invisalign patients is to trust that you really will get used to the feeling of your appliance very quickly. The first day of having braces is always a little weird. Your mouth won't be sure what to make of the brackets and wires, so you might produce a little extra spit and swallow a lot. But don't worry, this will go away within an hour or so and any changes in your speech due to your braces or aligners will also disappear in a day or two.

It's an excuse to eat ice cream!
When we put on your braces it won't hurt at all! But, for a few days afterwards, following any adjustments or when wearing a new set of Invisalign aligners, your teeth might be a little sensitive. We tell our patients to drink ice water or treat yourself to some ice cream or a smoothie to numb your mouth. Eat soft foods like mashed potatoes, yogurt, bread and soups until you feel you're ready to resume your regular diet.

Swish the irritation away
As your mouth is still getting used to having braces on you may experience lip and cheek irritation due to the brackets and wires. Although, once your mouth toughens up, (usually in the first week) this won’t be a problem anymore. In the meantime, mix one tablespoon of salt in a glass of warm water and swish it around in your mouth to soothe the irritation. For an added barrier, we also recommend sticking a piece of dental wax onto the part of your braces that is irritating your lip or cheek.

Sticky = Icky
The main don’t when eating with braces is to avoid really hard or sticky foods as they can damage your braces. Things like ice, lollies, caramels or toffies will have to wait until treatment is over (trust me, it will be worth it!). Also, don’t bite into things like raw carrots, apples, or hard breads - instead cut them into small pieces and chew with your back teeth.

Your teeth won't actually fall out!
Don’t panic if your teeth sometimes feel loose - this is totally normal and means your orthodontic treatment is working! Your teeth have to be able to move into their new places and once you’re done with your braces or Invisalign, they’ll be nice and secure.
Do you have a question for our dentists?
Or want to learn some more tips and tricks for your orthodontic treatment?