Caring for Braces
Looking after your teeth well while you have braces is crucial.
After a dentist has fitted their patient’s braces, they will explain to the patients all of the steps that should be taken to ensure that the braces remain clean and in good working condition. Many dental surgeries will provide information leaflets on care and information on products that should be used during the patient’s oral hygiene routine.
Naturally, removable braces such as Invisalign are much easier to clean than fitted braces. Removable braces should be cleaned twice daily with toothbrush and toothpaste and a specific retainer cleaning solution. Your dentist may recommend a specific one but Retainer Brite is potentially the most common one and is available from most pharmacies and also online.
Fitted braces are tricky to clean but after a while it will become second nature.
As these braces are secured on to the teeth, there are many nooks and crannies that need extra special care due to food being able to become stuck in the spaces. Thoroughly brushing the teeth with a regular toothbrush as well as using interdental brushes will help to keep the teeth clean. Flossing is also important to dislodge any trapped food between teeth and gums.
In addition to brushing, flossing and using interdental brushes, it is also important to use a fluoride mouth wash twice daily to further clean the teeth and the hard to reach areas in between the teeth and around the brace. Using a mouthwash will also help to clean your gums and tongue.
Avoiding foods that are notorious for staining.
Rich sauces found in pastas and curries, table sauces such as ketchup, cherries, blueberries, balsamic vinegar. These will encourage discolouration of the brace. Dark or acidic drinks (coffee, tea, red and white wine, fresh fruit juices and fizzy drinks) should also be avoided as they can cause discolouration but can also erode the surface of the brace and hamper their performance.
Of course if at any time you are unsure about the maintenance process or have a concern about your braces, you should get in touch with your dentist or speak to your hygienist and they will be able to give you the advice you need.
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Author: Leigh McLintock