Now that you have had a miniscrew placed, you may have some questions you would like answered.
What should I expect in the first week?
Your lips and cheeks may also feel a bit tender in the areas that press against the miniscrew and this will also improve within a few days. We will provide you with some wax which you can use if the problem persists. We will show you how to use it.
Some people experience discomfort for one or two days after placement but simple pain relief medication can be used to relieve this (always follow the instructions on the packet).
Do I eat and drink as normal?
Yes, you will already have fixed braces on when the miniscrew is placed and therefore you diet does not need to be modified.
How do I clean the around miniscrew?
You should brush gently around the miniscrew with a manual toothbrush to avoid inflammation due to food debris and plaque.
How often will I need to be seen by the orthodontist?
You will need to be reviewed every 6 to 8 weeks at the same time as having your brace adjusted.
What happens when the miniscrew is removed?
The miniscrew is usually used for several months but not for the whole duration of orthodontic treatment. Removal of the miniscrew is easy and does not usually need local anaesthetic. The area of the gum where the screw was placed heals very quickly, often within a few days of the screw being removed.
Should I still see my regular dentist?
Yes. The orthodontist will be addressing the orthodontic issues in your mouth so it is important to see your regular dentist at the normal intervals.
What should I do if something happens to the miniscrew?
If the miniscrew becomes loose or comes out all together, or you start to pain from around the miniscrew, you should contact the practice as soon as is reasonably possible. You should not wait until your next routine appointment. Have a look in I Have A Problem With My Brace where you can find helpful tips on coping with common problems.
To reduce to risk of breakage, you should keep objects such as pens, pencils and fingernails out of the mouth. Also, try to avoid fiddling with the miniscrew.