A Forsus is a bite corrector. It is, in some cases, a substitute for elastics. The Forsus helps move the upper molar(s) back like a headgear would to get the teeth to mesh together as they should.
- For the first few days, your teeth will be sore. That is normal. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever as directed.
- Example: Tylenol®, Advil®, Motrin®, or Aleve®
- Be careful about sleeping on the side of your face where the Forsus is placed. If it is on both sides, try sleeping flat on your back as you do not want the Forsus to be pushed into your cheek while you are sleeping.
- If the rod comes out of the spring, do not be alarmed. You may correct this by pushing the spring upward and placing the rod back in the hole of the spring.
- Wax is helpful. Place a piece of wax on the areas where your Forsus is bothering you. It can create a smooth surface for you.
- You may get a small ulcer where your Forsus is rubbing against your cheek. If this should happen, place a little brace aid on the area, and it will help heal it. The brace aid has an antiseptic and a topical numbing agent in it.
- To keep your Forsus clean, use a water syringe to flush it. You may also do daily warm saltwater rinses for teeth and cheek soreness.