You’ve just had your braces fitted, and no doubt the main thing on your mind is the final date when treatment will be over and you can have the braces removed and say hello to your brand new sparkling smile…
However, before the treatment is over, there is some work for you to do to ensure the best possible outcome of your treatment!
- Perfecting brushing and flossing
Just because you are an adult, doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from sprucing up your brushing technique!
When you have braces, you may be given elastic bands as a way to correct the bite of the teeth or align the teeth better. You should remember to remove these bands when you are brushing and replace them often.
Using a mouthwash with fluoride in it will help clean your braces as well as your teeth, and will give a more thorough clean to all the teeth – even the parts that you can’t reach with your toothbrush.
- Be careful about what you are eating
Some foods can be harmful to your braces, if they are particularly sticky or hard they can end up damaging your braces. Where possible, avoid foods such as sticky chocolates or caramel, sweets, popcorn etc.
- Get regular check-ups
Your orthodontist should incorporate regular check-ups into your treatment plan, whereby you can go over any issues such as lose or broken wires.
If you have regular check-ups then it means any issues will be detected before they become a severe problem.
If you make sure to follow these tips then your braces will be in a better condition when it comes time to have them removed.
Taking proper care of your braces is essential so that you can avoid any issues when it comes time to have your braces removed.
If you have any further questions about caring for your braces, get in contact and we can help offer you advice.