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COVID 19 Notice

We are pleased to inform you that our practices are now open. At Select Orthodontics we take our responsibilities extremely seriously. We are working really hard to put in place the required changes to operate safely for everyone. At present we are open for emergency treatments only such as relief of pain or broken fixed orthodontic appliances.

No routine appointments can be offered at this time. This is because of the potential risk of transmitting Covid infection via the use of water sprays and drilling equipment. We hope to be able to restart your orthodontic treatment in due course but we ask for your patience and understanding in the meantime.

If you have a SEVERE problem with your brace which cannot be managed at home, then please contact the practice. We will discuss your problem over the telephone but if you are required to attend the surgery you must expect some big changes in the way we manage your visit.

In order to decide that it is safe for you and our team to attend the practice, you will have to answer a comprehensive list of questions regarding your dental problem and your medical health, especially in relation to the on-going Covid-19 epidemic. If possible we will email these to you. We must have these details before an appointment could be made.

If the team decides that it is appropriate to see you in the surgery, an emergency appointment will be made for you. Please be tolerant of these questions, they are for your benefit.

When you attend:

- You will be required to attend alone, unless the appointment is for a child, or you are a carer/chaperone for a vulnerable adult.
- If the appointment is for a child, please only bring that one child.
- Please do not bring any bags in with you.
- You must attend the surgery on time.
- If travelling by car you must telephone the surgery on OUTSIDE the surgery. We will tell you when to come to the door and we will let you in.
- You will be asked to use hand-gel, or wash your hands. The patient toilet will not be available, so please use your own toilet before travelling.
- The practice will be observing a strict 2 metre social distancing policy, please be mindful of this if you come across any other patients in the reception area.
- You will be taken straight into the surgery where the dentist will need to confirm answers to some of the questions already asked.
- At the present time we will only be able to provide emergency treatment, such as removal of loose brackets or snipping off sharp wires. Routine adjustment of braces will not be possible at the moment. It may well be several weeks or months before we can provide a more comprehensive service and complete your orthodontic treatment.

Please be patient with us during this difficult time. Our priority is the safety of patients, their relatives as well as our own practice staff.

Thank you!

The Select Orthodontics Team

Contact details & where to find us

Call us today: 01642 246280 (Middlesbrough) | 01429 865290 (Seaton Carew)

Looking After Your Brace

  • For the first few days after a brace is fitted, your teeth will be uncomfortable as they start to move. This usually peaks after about 24 hours and will then settle down. It is perfectly normal and should not be a cause for concern. The correct dose of paracetamol or ibuprofen can be taken if required.
  • You may also get some ulcers in your mouth until your mouth gets used to the brace. We will give you some special wax to put over the brace to make things easier for you.

    You should avoid the following things:
    • Hard or sticky foods such as toffees, boiled sweets, mints, pizza crusts. These can damage or break the brace.
    • Sugary food and drink e.g. fizzy drinks. The acid in these drinks will cause permanent damage to your teeth.
    You must keep your teeth and braces clean. If food or plaque is left around the brace, your teeth may get stained or decayed.
  • Fluoride mouthwash helps to keep your teeth healthy during treatment. We advise that you use a mouthwash after you brush your teeth and braces.
  • TELEPHONE US IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS: 
    01642 246280 (Middlesbrough) 01429 865290 (Seaton Carew)

  • If you have any problems or concerns, please telephone the practice during opening hours for an appointment. Outside normal opening hours, you can leave a message on the answer machine and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • It is very important you attend all your appointments. If you fail to attend, or cancel at short notice, it may be several months before we can arrange another one for you. Failing to keep appointments tends to prolong treatment times and can spoil the quality of the result.

For further information, please visit the British Orthodontic Society page on fixed braces.

  • You will find it difficult to speak properly with the brace in at first but this improves very quickly if the brace is worn all the time.
  • The brace will feel very big and bulky at first but you should get used to it in a few days
  • You should wear the brace ALL THE TIME, 24 hours a day except
    • When cleaning your teeth morning and night
    • Meal times (functional braces only)
    • When playing contact sports. If you need to take the brace out for sports, keep it safe in a box so that it does not get lost or broken Please note: if your brace is lost or broken beyond repair, you will have to pay the NHS for a replacement. This will cost in the region of about £75-£80 per brace.

    KEEP YOUR BRACES CLEAN

    • Clean your braces with toothpaste and water morning and night and also after meal times.
    • It is very important you attend all your appointments. If you fail to attend, or cancel at short notice, it may be several months before we can arrange another one for you. Failing to keep appointments tends to prolong treatment times and can spoil the quality of the result.
    • If you have any problems, please telephone the practice to make an appointment.

    For further information, please visit the British Orthodontic Society page on functional braces.

    For further information, please visit the British Orthodontic Society page on removable braces.