Tips for looking after lingual braces

Taking care of lingual braces is similar to caring for traditional braces, with a few additional considerations due to their placement on the backside of the teeth. Here are some tips for looking after lingual braces:

  1. Maintain good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth thoroughly after every meal and floss at least once a day. Lingual braces can make cleaning a bit more challenging, so consider using an interdental brush or a water flosser to reach difficult-to-access areas.
  2. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush: Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid damaging the braces or your gums. Angle the brush to clean both the front and back of the teeth.
  3. Be mindful of what you eat: Certain foods can cause damage or get stuck in the braces. Avoid hard and sticky foods that can dislodge brackets or wires. Cut your food into small, manageable pieces to minimize the risk of damage.
  4. Rinse your mouth frequently: Rinse your mouth with water or an alcohol-free mouthwash after eating if brushing is not possible. This helps remove food particles and reduces the risk of plaque buildup.
  5. Avoid certain habits: Stay away from habits that can potentially damage the braces, such as biting your nails, chewing on pens, or chewing ice.
  6. Attend regular check-ups: Keep up with your scheduled orthodontic appointments. Your orthodontist will make necessary adjustments and monitor the progress of your treatment.
  7. Use orthodontic wax if necessary: Lingual braces can sometimes cause discomfort or irritation to the tongue. If this occurs, your orthodontist can provide you with orthodontic wax. Apply a small amount to the brackets or wires causing the irritation to create a smooth surface and reduce discomfort.
  8. Communicate any concerns: If you experience significant pain, irritation, or if something feels loose or broken, contact your orthodontist immediately for guidance.

Remember that everyone’s orthodontic treatment plan is unique, and your orthodontist will provide specific instructions tailored to your needs. Follow their guidance closely to ensure the best results from your lingual braces.

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