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Looking after your braces

19th April 2019

If you’ve chosen to have cosmetic orthodontics as an adult, we already know that you love your smile enough to give it a beautiful boost. Here at Mouth Matters in Chester, we know you’ll want to ensure your oral health is kept to an optimum during treatment but it is a little trickier and will take some extra care and attention… it’s worth it though, we promise!

Brushing with braces
Continue to brush your teeth twice a day as usual, but also clean your teeth after eating too. If you have fixed cosmetic braces this will help to remove any food that can become trapped in the braces. If you have opted for clear aligners we advise removing them to eat and then cleaning the teeth before putting them back in.

To clean around fixed braces, focus on brushing along your gum line first, then along the top and bottom of the brackets. This should ensure you clean as much of the tooth surfaces as possible, while also keep your braces fresh and clean.

Flossing with braces
If you have clear aligners you can still floss daily as usual during your regular oral hygiene regime.

If you have fixed braces, flossing may seem impossible at first. However, there are special orthodontic flossers that make the process really simple; we can show you how to floss during your orthodontic check-up appointments. Our top tip when buying floss is to opt for waxed as this is less likely to catch on your braces!

Food and drink
We advise avoiding sticky and chewy foods that can get stuck in braces and are very hard to clean effectively… we’d hate to see the after effects of trying to eat chewing gun with a brace! The same goes for hard and crunchy foods like nuts or crusty bread, as these can break your brackets and wires, which will hinder your treatment.

Caring for your braces during treatment is essential and once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty easy too! Here at Mouth Matters we will be sure to explain how to care for your teeth during orthodontic treatment and we’re always available to answer any questions you might have. Just give us a call on 01244 343 353.