Caring for your brace
In this blog we look at our 5 top tips to care for your brace.
- Attend for regular dental appointments
Your dentist will advise you on how often you need to attend for appointments. It is normally every four to eight weeks. It is very important that you attend these appointments to ensure that your braces work effectively and treatment can be competed in timely manner.
- Protect your teeth and brace while playing sport
If you have a removable brace it is best to remove it prior to any sport, to prevent it getting lost or damaged. If you are playing contact sport you should always wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. If you have a fixed brace your dentist will be able to design a mouth guard to fit over your brace.
- Avoid brace breaking food
If you have removable brace this is not an issue as you will remove your brace prior to eating. However, if you have a fixed brace eating the wrong foods can damage and even break your brace. Avoid sticky and chewy foods that can become entangled in the wires and brackets. Hard foods such as whole apples, carrots, French bread and crusty rolls can break the wires or the braces.
- Complete a full oral hygiene routine every day
It is very important that you take the time and effort to ensure that your teeth and braces are clean. This will help you avoid problems such as tooth decay, inflamed gums, and ‘tooth decalcification’. Decalcification is when you lose the calcium from the surface of your teeth, and this may leave white spots on your teeth after the brace is removed. There is no point in undergoing expensive and time consuming teeth straightening if you are not going to care for your teeth.
- If you do damage your brace, get it repaired fast
If you lose or damage your brace it is important that you attend quickly to get it remade or repaired. If you are not wearing your brace or it is damaged, then it will affect your treatment and can increase the chance of treatment failing.
Oral hygiene routine
In order to ensure that you clean all areas of your teeth and brace, you should be sure to:
- Use a toothpaste containing fluoride and tartar control agents. They can help to control plaque, tooth decay and gum disease, while also freshening your breath.
- You can use an electric or a manual toothbrush. It is possible to get special heads designed specifically for cleaning around a fixed brace.
- Interdental brushes can help to ensure that you clean around the brackets of a fixed brace. They are also used to clean the 40% of teeth that brushing alone misses.
- Using fluoride mouthwashes regularly can help to prevent tooth decay and tooth decalcification.
- If you have a removable brace, you should clean it with toothpaste over a sink full of water so it will not be damaged if you drop it. Keep a separate toothbrush specifically for cleaning your brace. If your brace becomes very dirty it is possible to use a denture cleaning solution to improve the appearance.