How to Take Care of Your Braces

How to Take Care of Your Braces

Making the decision to enhance your smile and improve your oral health with orthodontic treatment has never been easier. Today, there are a range of discreet and comfortable treatment options available (such as Invisalign and lingual braces) along with advanced technology which reduces treatment time by as much as 50%. Not only can you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile faster, but most orthodontists also offer affordable and flexible zero interest payment plans.


While new treatment options are available, the most effective way to straighten your teeth is with traditional braces which have been used for over 100 years! The drawback to wearing braces, however, is that maintaining good oral health is more challenging simply because cleaning your teeth and gums is more difficult with metal brackets stuck to your teeth. For patients who have braces, maintaining good oral health is more important than ever to prevent dental issues such as teeth staining, tooth decay, and gum disease from arising. These issues can result in you spending additional time wearing braces, something which no-one wants to do!


If you’re interested in finding out how to properly care of your teeth and gums whilst wearing braces, today we’ll be offering you a simple overview so your mouth remains as healthy as possible throughout the treatment process.


Brushing technique

Brushing your teeth is quite different when wearing braces and it generally takes significantly longer to remove all the plaque and food particles from your teeth. It’s highly encouraged to use a smaller toothbrush with a soft head so you can access all those hard to reach places more easily. Before brushing, it’s best to rinse your mouth with water to remove any loose food particles.


Begin brushing your gumline in a circular motion with your toothbrush held at 45 degree angle. Angle your toothbrush downwards to clean the top of each bracket, then similarly, angle your toothbrush upwards to clean the bottom of each bracket. You should also brush in and around each bracket by pressing your toothbrush firmly so that the bristles can clean between the wire and your teeth. Repeat this process for each tooth and bracket. Ideally, you should be brushing your teeth after every meal, but if this isn’t possible, at least twice a day will suffice.


Flossing & Mouthwash

Similar to brushing, flossing your teeth is more difficult and will take longer when wearing braces. Most patients find that using a floss threader is the easiest way to properly floss their teeth, and these can be purchased from most pharmacies and supermarkets. Again, try to floss after every meal to remove all the plaque and food particles from between your teeth. After flossing, use a fluoride mouthwash will helps to protect your teeth’s enamel and reduces the build-up of plaque and tartar.


Avoid certain foods

Certain foods should be avoided when wearing braces to reduce the risk of breaking any brackets. Your orthodontist should give you a list of foods to avoid, however anything hard, sticky, chewy, or crunchy can damage your braces and potentially delay your progress. This includes foods like candy, apples, popcorn, nuts, chewing gum, and ice. To reduce the risk of teeth staining, try to eat foods that have a low acid content such as milk, bananas, eggs, and seafood rather than pineapple and oranges which can damage your tooth enamel over time.


In addition to this, if you have any habits such as chewing your nails or biting the tips of your pen, try to avoid these as much as possible! These habits can do more damage than eating hard or chewy foods. If possible, try to avoid sugary drinks such as soda and sports drinks which can accelerate tooth demineralisation.


Achieving the best results

Orthodontic treatment certainly isn’t cheap so you should do everything you can to achieve the best results. The most important factor when wearing braces is maintaining good oral health, so brushing your teeth, flossing, and using mouthwash after every meal is strongly recommended along with avoiding foods which can potentially damage your braces. Following these steps will ensure you have a great smile and healthy teeth at the end of treatment.


Clear Invisible Braces on the Gold Coast offers all new patients a free consultation to determine which orthodontic treatment is best suited to you. For more information or to book an appointment, simply phone our friendly staff on 07 5689 1225.


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