As we approach the Easter long weekend, it’s important to keep in mind the proper care and maintenance of braces while still enjoying the yummy chocolates that come with it. The team at TOC have some tips to ensure your teeth and braces stay in good condition:

1. Soft Treats: During Easter, opt for softer treats like chocolate or softer lollies that are less likely to damage your braces. Avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods that can cause complications.

2. Brushing Technique: Continue to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush at a 45-degree angle to clean both your teeth and braces. Remember to pay extra attention to the areas around the brackets and wires, as they can trap food particles. Brush for at least two minutes, twice a day.

3. Piksters: We know that flossing can be challenging for those with braces so that’s where piksters come in. Use these to clean between your teeth and around the wires. These tools help remove plaque and food debris from hard-to-reach areas.

4. Mouthwash: Rinse with an antimicrobial, alcohol-free mouthwash to kill bacteria and reduce the risk of gum inflammation or infection.

5. Hydration: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Water helps maintain good oral health by washing away food particles and keeping your mouth hydrated, reducing the risk of plaque buildup and bad breath.

6. Wait half an hour: Did you know that sugar and acid stick around in your mouth after enjoying sugary treats? We recommend waiting at least half an hour before brushing your teeth as brushing too soon after eating can damage your teeth.

By following these tips, you can enjoy the Easter weekend while taking care of your braces. Remember to indulge in treats in moderation and opt for softer options to prevent any complications. If you have any concerns or questions about your braces, please do not hesitate to reach out to the team at TOC for guidance and support.

Please note that all TOC clinics will be closed over the long weekend (Friday, March 29th to Monday, April 1st) and will reopen on Tuesday, April 2nd.