What is BRIUS®?
BRIUS® is a sophisticated orthodontic system customized by your orthodontist for you alone. BRIUS® is engineered to move your teeth to their ideal position based on the smile your orthodontist has designed for you, efficiently and automatically, without a need for adjustments in the shortest possible time. BRIUS® needs your care and cooperation to deliver the best results and we encourage you to follow your orthodontist’s guidelines to have the best experience.
Why is BRIUS® fast?
BRIUS® uses a sophisticated technology to determine the shortest possible path of movement for each tooth towards their final ideal position independently, without having to wait for the rest of the teeth to follow through. In addition, contrary to regular braces and aligners such as Invisalign®, BRIUS® does all the necessary movements of each tooth in three dimension simultaneously instead of in stages, using only light continuous forces which happen to be the most efficient force in orthodontics. So the secret to much shorter treatment time is nothing but efficiency and light continuous forces.
Is BRIUS® truly hidden?
Yes. BRIUS® is normally bonded behind the teeth and truly hidden. Sometimes the orthodontist needs to add elastics (rubber bands) that would require clear attachments on the outside surface of teeth, but not every patient will need elastics.
How do we brush with BRIUS®?
BRIUS® is positioned behind the teeth and is designed away from tooth contact points, which makes it flossable. This means you can brush and floss normally with BRIUS®, but we recommend it to be done more often (3 times a day, 2 minutes each with electric toothbrushes). We recommend an electric toothbrush and a water flosser (such as Waterpik® or Philips®) to complement your BRIUS®. Please make sure to use soft toothbrush and always gently brush your gum line. Brush each tooth separately for 3-4 seconds each surface and angle the brush up for upper teeth and down for the lower teeth. Rinse vigorously with water and check your work in mirror looking for any remaining food, plaque or debris.
We also recommend regular dental checkups during your BRIUS® treatment once every 3 to 6 months depending on what your orthodontist recommends.
How do we use mouthwash with BRIUS®?
You should use any over the counter fluoride rinses before going to bed and when you wake up daily to keep the bacteria load in your mouth under control and to help with strengthening your tooth surfaces with Fluoride.
How do we floss with BRIUS®?
Contrary to conventional braces, with BRIUS® you can floss normally since there is no wires coming in your way. We recommend any fluoridated floss. You should floss at least twice daily before going to bed and when you wake up. We strongly recommend using a water flosser (such as Waterpik® or Philips Airfloss®) with BRIUS® to clean food debris around the appliance after every meal. If a water flosser wasn’t available, rigorous swishing with water can help remove most of the debris.
What are the food limitations with BRIUS®?
Food limitations with BRIUS® is similar to regular braces. Up until 5 hours after getting BRIUS®, refrain from eating any food that requires chewing such as mashed potatoes, ice cream, protein shakes, noodles and similar. The next day until the end of treatment you can return to your normal diet, but need to avoid any food that is too hard, crunchy or sticky. If you would like to enjoy raw carrots, apples, etc. for example, please cut them into thin slices. If you must have ice in your mouth, use small chips, not cubes. Cut meat from bones to avoid popping brackets off when biting into ribs and such. Never open nuts with your teeth. You can chew artificially sweetened soft gum (preferably containing Xylitol) with BRIUS® but please avoid gum that are hard to chew or too sticky or ones that contain sugar.
How comfortable is BRIUS®?
Although BRIUS® installation is not painful, BRIUS® will feel foreign to your tongue at first when you get it. Most patients feel uncomfortable for a few days after installation (worst being in 72 hours) and then gradually get used to it, while some patients don’t feel any discomfort with the system at all. Rest assured, no matter how much discomfort you feel during the first few days, it will go away and unlike braces and aligners, since BRIUS® doesn’t have changes or adjustments, you will not feel any discomfort or pain until the day BRIUS® is removed.
When you start your BRIUS®, you will receive wax which you can use as a cushion to temporarily relieve the discomfort. To reduce discomfort, you can consume icy cold food such as ice cream or popsicles. Cold temperature softens BRIUS® and numbs the tongue. If desired, you can also use over the counter pain medication such as Advil® or Tylenol® to better control the discomfort during first few days.
Does BRIUS® affect speech?
BRIUS® can alter your speech and give you a lisp when you first get it for a week or two. Your tongue can get sore, and you might find it difficult to speak the way you did before BRIUS®. This impact is only temporary and after the first week or two, the tongue learns how to deal with the system and your speech will return to normal before you know it.
Do we wear elastics with BRIUS®?
If asked to wear elastics, wear them all the time and change them after every meal. If you have difficulty placing elastics or if you run out of them, call your orthodontist immediately so your treatment speed is not hindered.
Will my teeth feel loose during treatment with BRIUS®?
It is completely normal for teeth to feel loose during braces or BRIUS® treatment. Similar to braces and aligners, BRIUS® must first loosen your teeth in order to move them. Once your teeth reach their final position, they will no longer be loose as new bone will be laid down around them by your body.
What should I do if something breaks?
BRIUS® brackets may become loose and detach from the tooth surface. If this happens, please contact your orthodontist as soon as possible so that they can check and repair it for you. Although it is very unlikely, sometimes the BRIUS® itself can break. In these instances, notify your orthodontist immediately so they can order a replacement as soon as possible.
Is there aything I need to know about playing contact sports with BRIUS®?
BRIUS® is installed behind the teeth and away from impact. Since BRIUS® is connecting the teeth through the stabilizing bar, forces of impact can dissipate by BRIUS®, acting like a shock absorber, which is protective of dentition. But we still recommend using over the counter or custom-made thermoplastic mouthguards while playing contact sports with BRIUS®.
Can I play music instruments with BRIUS®?
BRIUS® does alter your experience with instruments such as trumpet, when you first get it. Your teeth and tongue might be sore, and you might find it difficult to recreate the music notes the way you did before BRIUS®. The good news is, all of this will be temporary. At first, teeth and tongue are sensitive, so you will probably have to stop playing for a week until the soreness is gone. Then, it is practice, practice, practice.