Once you have commenced your brace treatment, your orthodontist will explain to you all the ways for you to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It is imperative that you attend regular appointments with your general dentist and hygienist throughout your treatment to ensure optimal oral health.
Ways to maintain good oral health:
- Small-head toothbrush - or simply the free electric toothbrush provided when your brace goes on!
- Use a pea-size amount of fluoridated toothpaste
- 2-3 minutes brushing in front of a mirror.
- Use circular, massaging motions to clean around the gums.
- Brush your tongue afterwards
- Use daily or weekly fluoridated mouthrinse - alcohol free!
Breakages are generally a rare occurrence - some patients experience none at all, others may have only a few during the entire course of treatment.
- A single broken bracket will not normally affect treatment length or complexity, but we recommend communication with your orthodontist as soon as reasonably possible.
- If you or your child is experiencing any discomfort then please call us.
- In many cases the breakage can be fixed at the next scheduled visit however it's best to call the practice for advice on your unique situation.
Foods to limit during treatment:
- Sticky foods - pork crackling, toffee, liquorice
- Crunchy foods - crisps, popcorn, nuts (almonds)
- Hard foods - pizza crust, french bread, on-the-bone meat & chicken legs
- Food requiring the front teeth to rip into - apples, carrots, corn-on-the-cob
- Cut these food items up into small bite-size pieces
- Sweet foods - lollies, soft drinks