Looking after your braces properly is an important part of your treatment, follow these guidelines to clean your metal or white braces to keep your teeth and gums healthy:

  1. Brushing: Brush your teeth thoroughly after every meal and snack. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Angle the brush towards the gumline and clean around each bracket, as well as under the wires. Brush gently but thoroughly, making sure to reach all surfaces of your teeth.
  2. Flossing: Use a floss threader or orthodontic floss to clean between your teeth and under the wires. Slide the floss carefully between the teeth and remove any food particles or plaque. Repeat for each tooth, making sure to floss both sides.
  3. Interdental brushes: Consider using interdental brushes to clean hard-to-reach areas around brackets and wires. These small brushes can help remove food particles and plaque more effectively.
  4. Mouthwash: Rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash to further reduce bacteria and freshen your breath. Look for a mouthwash that is suitable for orthodontic patients. Wash away for to keep braces clean.
  5. Diet modifications: Avoid sticky, chewy, or hard foods that can damage your braces. Examples include chewing gum, hard candies, popcorn, and ice. Cut foods into smaller, bite-sized pieces to make them easier to eat.
  6. Wear a mouthguard for sports: If you participate in sports or physical activities, wear a mouthguard to protect your braces and teeth from potential injuries. Consult your orthodontist for recommendations on mouthguards suitable for braces.
  7. Regular check-ups: Attend your scheduled orthodontic appointments for adjustments and progress checks. Dr Perry’s team will make necessary changes to your braces and monitor your treatment progress. We will refer you to a hygienist to clean your braces if you are struggling.
  8. Be mindful of habits: Avoid habits that can damage your braces, such as chewing on pens or pencils, biting your nails, or using your teeth to open packages. These habits can cause brackets to come loose or wires to bend.
  9. Address discomfort: After adjustments, you may experience some discomfort or soreness. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help alleviate the discomfort. If any wires or brackets cause irritation, apply orthodontic wax to the affected area to provide temporary relief.
  10. Emergency care: If a bracket becomes loose or a wire breaks, contact us as soon as possible to schedule a repair appointment. In the meantime, you can use orthodontic relief wax or a small piece of cotton to temporarily alleviate discomfort and prevent irritation.

Remember to follow your orthodontist’s instructions and maintain regular dental hygiene practices throughout your orthodontic treatment. Consistent care and attention will contribute to a successful outcome and a healthy smile once the braces are removed.

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