Life with braces - how to look after your braces
If you are a braces wearer, it's even more important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine. Here are a few things you should know about looking after your teeth and braces during your treatment with Wallasey Orthodontics.
General oral hygiene tips
Whether you’re getting braces fitted or not, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene.
Your orthodontist recommends:
- Brushing with an electric toothbrush (with a small head) at least twice a day
- Using a full adult-strength fluoride toothpaste
- Brushing your teeth for at least 3 minutes
Oral hygiene with braces
Once you’ve had your braces fitted:
- Increase the time you brush your teeth to around 5 minutes
- Pay close attention to the area where your teeth meet your gums, and around the squares
- After brushing, use an interspace brush to clean under the brace and between your teeth
- Use a fluoride mouthwash during the day, not after you’ve brushed your teeth
If you don’t brush your teeth thoroughly, this could cause damage to your teeth’s enamel, resulting in white or brown marks (demineralisation).
Your orthodontist may be able to prescribe you a stronger fluoride toothpaste (like Colgate Duraphat) for you to use during your brace treatment.
Looking after your braces
If your brace breaks or seems loose, make sure you contact us right away. It’ll need to be fixed as soon as possible to prevent adding extra time to your treatment.
Foods to avoid when wearing braces
Some foods could damage your braces, so it’s best to avoid them.
Watch out for foods that are:
- Chewy like bagels or hard rolls
- Crunchy like popcorn, ice, or crisps
- Sticky like toffees, chewy sweets, bon-bons, or chewing gum
- Hard like crusty bread, crusts (including pizza crusts), boiled sweets or nuts
Other foods to avoid when wearing braces
- Foods you have to bite into like corn on the cob, whole apples, carrots
- Chewing on hard things, like pens, pencils or fingernails
- Sugar – limit the amount of sugary foods and fizzy drinks. The sugar and acid will likely lead to damage of the enamel on your teeth, which could make marks or holes.