Frequently Asked Questions on Forsus Springs
Congratulations, you’re now on your way to correcting your bite with your forsus springs. Your springs allow the upper molars to move back and the lower jaw forward. Typically, the forsus springs only need to be worn for a few months.
Some frequently asked questions are as below as well as some videos on some tips if the rods come unstuck. If you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly staff.
What Should I Expect & How Do I Clean It?
The forsus springs are designed to correct the way your teeth come together, it is not uncommon to feel as though your lower jaw is getting pushed forward. There will be an adjustment period eating, for this reason, we’d recommend a soft diet.
Your cheeks may also need some time to adapt; for this we’d advised against resting on your hands and sleeping on your side. You can use wax as with your braces to try and help as much as possible.
Please see our below video for some further cleaning instructions:
My Rod came out of my spring.. help??
The most common ’emergency’ experienced with forsus springs is when the rod becomes detached from the spring, see image one. This can occur if you open your mouth too wide, but is relatively easy to repair and is not uncommon to occur a few times during your treatment with forsus springs.
Simply compress the spring to reduce it’s length, next line up the rod and place it inside the spring and release it, see image two. It may take a few attempts to get this right, but try to be patient. Please call the practice if you are unsure or uncomfortable to do this and they will make an appointment at your earliest convenience.
We look forward to seeing you at your next adjustment appointment. Enjoy your day.The rod and the spring have detached from one another.
1. The rod and the spring have detached from one another.
2. Compress the spring, reducing its length and line up the rod to fit in the spring.
3. Release spring and allow to to return to its original length.
My Spring Has Come Loose from my Upper Braces??
While this does not occur often with our patients, in the instance it does, the below information will help to manage it.
As demonstrated in image one, if the spring has detached, simply remove the spring and keep this. Please remember to bring it to your next appointment.
Image 1. Remove spring from rod and bring to your next appointment.
What will remain now, the rod, can become very uncomfortable. You will not be able to remove this, therefore we recommend you fix the rod to your braces with floss.
Image 2. Thread floss under the wire and incorporate the rod.
To achieve this, you will require approximately 10cm of floss and patience. Thread the floss under the wire of the braces in the posterior part of the mouth, preferably at your molars. Pull the floss through and ensure the rod is gathered with it, image two.
Image 3. Tie a knot attaching the rod to the wire, complete with another knot.
Tie a knot in the floss so the rod is secured to the braces wire, and tie another knot to ensure it stays tight, image three
Image 4. If good access possible, cut the long ends of the floss.
If you have clear vision and are able to reach, you can cut the long threads of floss remaining, image four.
Please call the practice and inform them of the situation and they will make an appointment at your earliest convenience.
We look forward to seeing you at your next adjustment appointment. Enjoy your day!