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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Oral, Maxillofacial & Dentistry

Coronavirus / COVID-19

If you have a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell, do not come to our hospitals. Follow the national advice and stay at home for seven days.

Important information about our services and restrictions on visiting our hospitals can be found in the COVID-19 section.

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Orthodontics - COVID-19 update

If you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and need urgent orthodontic treatment you should call 111. The NHS team can then assess if you need to be seen in a designated receiving unit for COVID-19 urgent dental care.

Orthodontic appointments

Unfortunately we are not currently able to see patients for normal orthodontic appointments.

We will contact you to arrange an appointment as soon as we are able to see you - please check this website for updates.

Braces

If you have any concerns about your brace, we are happy to offer advice.

Contact us

Looking after your brace

Keeping your brace clean

  • Brush your teeth every morning, night and every time you eat.
  • Remember to use small brushes to get in around your brace.
  • Use an adult fluoride toothpaste: after brushing spit, but do not rinse with water.
  • You can also use a fluoride mouthwash at a different time to brushing.
  • If you have a removable brace, please remember to take it out to clean it.

Diet advice

  • Reduce the frequency of sugary foods.
  • Avoid fizzy drinks (even diet varieties) and natural fruit juices as these are often high in sugar and can be acidic.
  • Water is the best drink for your teeth.
  • Healthy foods to eat between meals includes wholemeal bread, plain cheese, dry crackers, breadsticks, fruit and vegetables.

Being careful not to break your brace

  • Avoid crunchy, hard or sticky foods - these may break your brace.
  • Some foods like apples may need to be cut up into smaller pieces.
  • Avoid chewing pen lids and biting your nails.
  • Try not to fiddle with your brace.
  • Do not try to fix your brace yourself if a bit comes loose. Please contact your orthodontic team and they can give you advice.

Possible problems with your brace

Visit the British Orthodontic Society website for information and videos to help you look after your brace and manage any brace problems, including a fact sheet about managing orthodontic emergencies.

British Orthodontic Society patients' advice

Contact your orthodontic provider before you attempt to fix any problems yourself, as there is a risk you might damage your brace.

See Frequently Asked Questions for answers to some common queries.

How will the current situation affect my treatment?

We can only see people who need emergency treatment. We will discuss with you whether you need to come in.

Please do not come unless you have been told it is absolutely necessary.

It is important you look after your brace until we can see you again. This will make sure you get the best possible outcome from your treatment.

It is possible that your treatment will take longer. Your health and wellbeing are our priority, and please be assured we will see you as soon as we can.

The British Orthodontic Society (BOS) provides useful and up-to-date advice

Follow the British Orthodontic Society on Facebook

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Something on my brace is loose

If part of your brace has snapped or become loose, you only need to contact us if it is painful or there is a danger of you inhaling it. If it is not causing you any pain, we can fix your brace next time we see you.

My brace is rubbing

Please email us and we can post you out some wax to put on the bit that is rubbing you.

I have run out of elastics

Please email us and we can post you out some more elastics.

I don't know if I need to wear my elastics

If you are not sure whether to wear your elastics, please email us and we can arrange a telephone consultation with an orthodontist.

I was due to have my fixed braces removed. Do I need to come in?

Unfortunately we cannot provide an non-urgent treatment at the moment. We will be in touch as soon as we can see you to remove your brace. Please make sure you look after your brace to avoid damage to your teeth or brace.

Should I keep wearing my removable brace?

If you are not sure whether you need to wear your removable brace, please email us and we can arrange a telephone consultation with an orthodontist.

If you are having any problems with your brace and you would like advice, please email us and someone from the team will get in touch

Email: orthodonticscovid@ouh.nhs.uk