Cleaning the Brace
With braces on, your teeth are more difficult to clean. Do not leave food on your braces. Brushing your teeth properly after every snack and meal will reduce the risk of decay and gum disease. In addition, four minutes of brushing is needed every morning and night. Have your toothbrush available to brush after meals as well as at your orthodontic visits. You can use disclosing solution to check if your teeth are clean. You will need to replace your toothbrush more often as it will wear out faster.
Interdental brushes are invaluable for keeping the brace clean. Your orthodontist will show you how to use these around the brace at the brace fitting appointment. Interdental brushes are available from Edgar buildings dental care and most supermarkets and chemists.
Eating and drinking
Eating hard food or biting on large pieces of food may dislodge the brackets or bands and damage the wires. Avoid eating nuts and biting on nails or pencils. Do cut hard fruits into small and thin pieces before eating them. Avoid food and drinks with high sugar content such as sweets and soft drinks.
If you are wearing elastics as part of your treatment, you will need to wear them as instructed. If you run out of elastics please telephone the practice and we can post some out to you.
Routine Dental Care
It is very important that you maintain your routine dental and hygiene appointments during your orthodontic treatment.
Sometimes a bracket or wire can become loose. If you experience problems between appointments please telephone the practice for advice or an extra appointment. Please telephone the practice on 01225466086.