BRACE CARE TIPS
If you're about to have braces fitted or have already done so these tips will help you achieve superb oral hygiene and minimise staining throughout the course of your treatment. It can also potentially reduce the amount of time and appointments required whilst wearing the brace.
1.Brushing: Brush at least twice a day for 2 to 3 minutes. Spend a couple of minutes brushing your teeth and the extra minute carefully cleaning the brackets and underneath the wire. Replace your brush or brush head every 3 months
2. Mouthwash: Mouthwash (flouride rinse) is very handy to use between brushing sessions to rinse your mouth of bacteria and lingering dirt that you don't want hanging around your mouth. Get in the habit of taking a travel sized bottle to school or work with you and rinse at least once whilst out.
3. Floss: Floss at least once per day. We can't emphasise enough how important daily flossing is to maintaining a clean mouth.
4. Disclosing tablets: These handy things help you see where plaque is lingering in your mouth so that you can brush it away before it develops and causes any long term damage. They aren't the most pleasant thing to put in your mouth but they'll help you develop a good brushing routine so that one day you can stop using them.
5. Diet: Avoid foods that are hard or crunchy as they'll almost certainly damage the brace resulting in more appointments and potentially costly repairs. For the same reason try and avoid foods that require you to chew like meat, sticky sweets or chewing gum. Juice and fizzy drinks (including water) will increase sensitivity and stain so avoid if you can. Finally, it goes without saying that you should avoid or massively reduce sugar rich foods.
6. Don't chew: Fingernails, pens, pencils, whatever it is that you tend to chew - stop it. Chewing (particularly hard things) breaks braces.
7. Keep seeing the dentist: Your dentist remains your primary go to person for your oral hygiene care and advice. Keep up your appointments during the time that you're wearing your braces.
8. Attend your orthodontist appointments: Your appointments are there for a reason. If you don't attend you risk damaging your teeth and oral health. Don't miss them.
9. Don't fiddle with your braces: They aren't designed to withold physical punishment. Try to avoid picking, flicking, pulling or tapping them. They will break eventually.
10. Wear a retainer: At the end of your treatment you will bbe able to remove your braces but over time your teeth can move back to their original position. To avoid this you should consider investing in a retainer.
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