Looking After Your Braces – How To Maintain Dental Hygiene During Orthodontic Treatment

Dental BracesMore adults than ever before are turning to cosmetic braces to straighten their teeth later in life. There are now many more options than traditional metal braces available to anyone who wants a better aligned smile, many of which have significantly shorter treatment times, too. No matter what type of appliance you need or how long your treatment takes, contrary to popular belief it is not hard to look after your teeth, or your braces.

Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge offers cosmetic orthodontic treatment with Six Month Smiles, a very popular system of discreet braces that take, on average, just half a year to work. Even with a cosmetic appliance that works in a matter of months, your dentist will want to see you for regular progress checks during treatment. You should visit your hygienist regularly, too, to keep on top of your oral hygiene.

Braces require special cleaning techniques. It’s easy for particles of food to get snagged and trapped in your brace, so you need to make sure you are fastidious in your tooth cleaning routine to avoid problems such as enamel erosion, dental decay, and bad breath.

You’ll need to brush your teeth carefully after every meal, but should always wait an hour after eating and drinking to do so, to ensure that sugars and acids are not brushed into your teeth.

The hygienist will advise you on special brushing techniques and the use of special equipment such as interdental brushes or floss threaders, which can help remove trapped food particles from under orthodontic wires.

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Watching what you eat is also key to enjoying life with braces. Chewy and stick foods – toffee or caramel, for example – must be avoided because they can easily become stuck in your brace and can do a lot of damage to both your appliance and your teeth.

Hard foods such as French bread and raw carrots can also damage your braces. It’s best to cut all food into small pieces in the beginning, and to boil your vegetables.

Never on any account use your teeth for anything other than eating – don’t chew pens or pencils, or try to open bottles with your mouth.