danburycatclinic.comSplint Instructions

  1. Wear splint according to Dr. Bailey’s instructions.
  2. Clean splint daily with toothbrush.
  3. Clean splint once a month by soaking it in Efferdent® denture solution. Be sure to rinse splint before putting it back in your mouth.
  4. Do not expose splint to direct sunlight.
  5. Keep splint away from all pets.
  6. Always keep splint in splint case when not in your mouth.
  7. Always bring your splint to scheduled appointments.
  8. Replacement fees and Repair fees are applied as deemed appropriate.

Separator Instructions

  1. Do not brush or floss them out.
  2. Do not eat anything sticky, chewy or hard.
  3. Warm salt water rinses daily.
  4. Pain reliever if needed.
  5. If you swallow them, don’t worry, because they will “go right through you.”
  6. Eat your favorite meal the night before your banding appointment and a good breakfast the following morning. This will help to decrease your saliva flow.
  7. Eat 8-10 saltine crackers in the car on the way to your next appointment (no liquids).

Retainer Instructions

  1. Wear retainer at all times except when eating and brushing your teeth.
  2. Clean retainer daily with toothbrush, toothpaste and rinse with water.
  3. Do not expose retainer or retainer case to direct sunlight.
  4. Keep retainer away from pets.
  5. Always keep retainer in retainer case when not wearing.
  6. Remember to bring your retainer to your appointments.
  7. Replacement fees and Repair fees are applied as deemed appropriate.

Rapid Palatal Expander Instructions

  1. Your RPE has been placed in the palate of your mouth to help expand your upper arch.
  2. The screw in the RPE must be activated daily. Insert the key in the hole and push all the way to the back of the throat until you see the next hole (one push each day).
  3. Salt water rinses.
  4. Take pain reliever if needed.
  5. Do not eat hard, sticky or chewy foods. Avoid peanut butter.
  6. Use Chloraseptic® mouth spray to numb the palate.

Quad-Helix Instructions

  1. Your Quad-Helix has been placed in the palate of your mouth to help expand your upper arch.
  2. Gently pull down the front quad wire daily so it doesn’t grow into your palate.
  3. Salt water rinses.
  4. Take pain reliever if needed.
  5. Do not eat hard, sticky or chewy foods. Avoid peanut butter.
  6. Use Chloraseptic® mouth spray to numb the palate.
  7. Use Waterpik® to clean mouth adequately.

Hyrax Instructions

  1. Your hyrax has been placed in the palate of your mouth to help expand your upper arch.
  2. The screw in the hyrax must be activated daily. Insert the key in the hole and push all the way to the back of the throat until you see the next hole (one push each day). The key string should be looped around your finger to prevent the possibility of swallowing it.
  3. Salt water rinses.
  4. Take pain reliever if needed.
  5. Do not eat hard, sticky or chewy foods. Avoid peanut butter.
  6. Use Chloraseptic® mouth spray to numb the palate.

Elastics

Elastics need to be worn 24 hours a day. They should be taken out only to brush. For best results, change the elastics 2-3 times daily. It’s not unusual for you to experience soreness for the first few days just as you did when your braces were first put on. The soreness will go away only if the elastics are worn 24 hours a day. Stopping and starting elastic wear will make the teeth sore and no progress will be made.

We keep a supply of elastics in our office and we will supply you with them for as long as you are required to wear them.

Functional Appliance Instructions

  1. Wear 14-16 hours per day with primary wear at night.
  2. Warm salt water rinses.
  3. Always keep functional appliance in case when not in mouth.
  4. Do not expose to direct sunlight or extreme cold.
  5. Keep functional appliance away from all pets.
  6. Clean functional appliance daily with toothbrush each time you brush your teeth.
  7. Write in appliance calendar daily.
  8. Always bring your appliance and calendar to your appointment.
  9. Replacement fees and Repair fees are applied as deemed appropriate.