When your braces have been fitted, you must keep up regular cleaning – in fact it’s more important than ever,
as braces give food extra places to get stuck, which can lead to decay and gum disease.
Follow these tips to keep your teeth clean and healthy throughout the treatment.
Using a regular or electric toothbrush, clean above your braces and along the gum line.
Using the same toothbrush, brush along the braces to clean them and remove particles of food.
When you brush over the braces, they may keep the toothbrush bristles off your teeth, so make sure you treat each section carefully.
Make sure that the inner and edges of your teeth are also carefully cleaned, not just the outer surface.
Repeat the process for your lower teeth. Remember treat each section separately to make sure you're cleaning thoroughly (above braces, over braces, below, edges, and inners)
This is a special type of brush that allows you to clean between your teeth behind your braces.
A floss fish makes it much easier to floss your teeth when wearing braces.
Feed the floss through the eye, then wind it around the body to secure it.
Slide the eye of the floss fish under your braces, drawing the floss between your teeth. With the other end of the floss around your finger, work it gently to remove any food.
If your teeth aren't too closely positioned, you may be able to carefully thread regular floss to remove food and plaque.
Without carefully brushing your teeth at least twice a day (ideally after each meal) and flossing between your teeth, gum disease and decay may occur.
When your braces are removed your teeth will be straight, but you won't have the smile you've been waiting for, and your teeth may be permanently damaged.
Foods such as nuts, popcorn, ice, hard biscuits and lollies like minties or red skins can break your braces.
Sugar contributes to sticky plaque that is hard to remove.
You can still have food like apples, carrots and steak. You will need to cut them into bite sized pieces and chew them with your back teeth.
Oral hygiene is extremely important, remember to brush with a soft touch and clean every surface.
Use the Floss Fish to assist you in flossing your teeth once a day. We recommend that you floss at night time after you’ve had dinner.
Click here to learn how to use the Floss Fish. It is simple and easy!
If you are running late please give us a call so we can reschedule you as needed.
We recommend that you see your general dentist for check ups and cleans every 6 months.
We have special mouthguards that fit over your braces!
Refer to the image below to get to know your braces.
Knowing the names and the functions of the parts of your braces can make it easier when talking to or asking your orthodontist questions, and can make it easier for you to take care of your braces as well.
If you’re ever not sure, remember your friendly orthodontist will be happy to explain.