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About Braces

Caring for your teeth with braces

By actively taking part in your treatment, you, your orthodontist and staff members  will develop a mutual confidence and together advance step-by-step towards your ultimate goal...... a stunning, healthy smile.

During orthodontic treatment it is essential that your teeth and brace be cleaned properly.  Plaque, if not removed, and food (especially those high in sugar and acids) may cause decay. Your treatment may have to be discontinued, whether your teeth are straight or not, as a result of poor oral hygiene.

In order to have a perfect smile when you get your braces off, you should take extra special care during your treatment to keep your teeth spotlessly clean and give you the confidence to smile at the world:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day and after meals to avoid tooth decay. If you cannot brush straight away, rinse well with water. Concentrate on the danger zone – the space between the braces and the gums.
  • Special brushes can be used for hard- to- clean places.
  • Floss carefully around each tooth, around the gum area as well as around the braces every day
  • Use a special fluoride rinse in order to prevent decalcification around the brackets.
  • Removable braces should be cleaned after every meal and before going to bed. Use a little toothpaste and cold water.
  • Eat healthy foods – this means healthy teeth and a better orthodontic result.

Foods to avoid while wearing braces:

  • Hard or sticky sweets
  • Meat on the bone
  • Corn on the cob
  • Crunchy crisps
  • Chewing gum
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Hard vegetables and fruit (unless cut into bite size pieces or strips)
  • Ice
  • Bread crust, pizza crust and biscuits
  • Drinks high in sugar or acids and fizzy drinks.

Braces are easily damaged, so what you eat becomes very important in caring for your braces.  Chewing ice, for example can cause a lot of harm.

Remember to use common sense. If it is hard, sticky or chewy, you should avoid it. Also avoid chewing on hard objects such as pens and pencils.

It is important to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, including plenty of fruits and vegetables.  Even if they are hard and crunchy, an apple for instance can be cut into small pieces or even grated. Drink plenty of water.