If you have braces it’s really important to look after them, as well as your teeth and gums. You will achieve the best results if you:
Practice excellent oral hygiene
Proper tooth brushing is crucial whilst wearing braces. Food can easily be trapped in the braces and if food is left to sit on the teeth and gums, plaque can form. Plaque is the beginning of serious tooth decay and gum disease. You should brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush after any meal or snack. Flossing is recommended to remove the plaque between the teeth.
Take care whilst eating
Hard, crunchy or sticky foods should be avoided when wearing braces, as they can easily get caught in and around your braces. These foods can also cause the brackets to break (which can prolong treatment). Biting with your front teeth and biting hard foods can also damage your braces. Foods such as apples and carrots need to be cut into bite-sized pieces and ice should be avoided.
Reduce dietary sugar
Excessive amounts of sugary foods can increase the amount of plaque that forms on your teeth. This can result in tooth decay around the braces if not cleaned properly. A well-balanced diet is recommended for an optimal orthodontic result.
Report any breakages as soon as possible
Breakages to braces take longer to address than a regular appointment. If breakages are left for too long before they’re fixed, or occur too frequently they can extend treatment time. Call us on 1300 870 747 if you need assistance.
Wear your elastics
While not all patients need to wear elastics, for those that do, it’s really important the elastics are worn. Failure to do so can result in a poor treatment result and a longer treatment time.
See your regular dentist every six months
We recommend our patients see their dentist every six months for a check up and clean while underdoing orthodontic treatment. We will even reward you with a movie voucher for doing so.