To ensure that orthodontic treatment with fixed appliances runs smoothly, in the shortest possible time, with the least damage to the teeth and gums it is essential to follow the following advice:
- The teeth should be kept cleaned thoroughly at least twice a day. A travel toothbrush can be carried in the day to brush the teeth following meals. The videos below illustrate how to keep the teeth clean.
- Toothpaste containing at least 1450 ppm (parts per million) Fluoride should be used. A Fluoride containing mouthwash can also be used during the day.
- Sugary foods and drinks should be avoided between meals and before bedtime.
- Hard foods should be avoided at all times as these damage and weaken the brace. Examples of hard foods include toffees, boiled sweets, chocolate, hard bread, tough meat, nuts and biting into whole hard fruits (e.g. apples, pears).
- You should not miss any appointments.
Cleaning the Teeth
Your braces provide retentive sites for bacteria to grow and proliferate. Because of this it is essential to keep the teeth and gums clean to avoid tooth decay and gum damage.
The following video illustrates how to keep all the tooth surfaces clean including where the gum meets the tooth surface:
This video shows how you can use an interproximal or interspace brush to clean beneath the orthodontic wires:
Finally, this video explains how to use superfloss to clean between the teeth: