Caring for your braces

taking care of braces

The key to your orthodontic treatment success is ensuring your braces are in peak condition throughout your treatment journey. This will allow them to work to their maximum ability to move your teeth into the desired position, giving you that winning smile.

How to clean your braces

Keeping your braces clean is your responsibility throughout treatment but we’ll show you how best to do this after your braces have been fitted. The important things to remember are:

  • Clean your teeth after every meal to avoid food and plaque from building up in your braces.
  • Chew sugarless gum after meals to help stimulate saliva, particularly when you’re unable to brush.
  • Use a soft toothbrush and brush using a gentle action to avoid damaging your braces.

What to eat and what not to eat

There aren’t many changes you’ll have to make to your lifestyle when wearing braces but avoiding some foods is one of them. We recommend you do the following:

  • Eat softer foods on days that your teeth are tender, usually after your braces have been tightened.
  • Avoid hard foods like nuts, hard biscuits and hard lollies which can break your braces.
  • Reduce your intake of sugary and acidic foods, as well as soft drinks and fruit juice.
  • If you are wearing ceramic braces, avoid coloured foods like curries as these can stain the clear material. Smoking can also stain clear brackets as well.

If any part of your braces break, inform us immediately, even if you have an appointment that same day. Frequent breakages will extend your treatment duration significantly and can also affect the quality of your treatment result.

Once your braces have been removed, the next step in your treatment is retention. Your orthodontist will explain why wearing retainers are so important to maintaining your new smile.


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