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.
We recommend that you take medication to help you during the initial transition stage. Everyone is different, so do what is best for you. Your preferred medication is fine e.g. Panadol or Nurofen or a combination of both, depending on what you would normally take. If you feel necessary, you can continue the medication for the next day or so.
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.
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.