10 Essential Tips for Caring for Your Orthodontic Braces

10 Essential Tips for Caring for Your Orthodontic Braces

Tips for Caring for Your Orthodontic Braces


Getting braces is an exciting milestone marking the start of your smile transformation journey. However, orthodontic treatments also bring added responsibility to protect your investment and prevent complications.

From wire poking irritation to keeping foods from sticking in brackets, wearing braces requires adapting cleaning habits and being gentle on your teeth. Follow this braces care cheat sheet from the team at 1A Orthodontics to avoid excess discomfort, damage or repairs during your treatment.

#1: Brush After Every Meal + Snack

Meticulous oral hygiene minimizes plaque buildup that leads to swollen gums, white spots and tooth decay around orthodontics. Brush gently using a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste after eating. Target all surfaces of teeth and gums, taking care not to tear your inner cheeks on ragged wires or edges.

#2: Use Interdental Cleaners Daily

While brushing clears braces surface areas, specialized tools like floss threaders, tiny brushes, water irrigators and proxy brushes remove trapped debris between teeth and wires. If food residue stays stuck, it can cause permanent white spots on tooth enamel once your braces come off.

#3: Rinse Away Sugary Foods + Drinks

After consuming sugary or acidic foods and beverages which demineralize tooth enamel, rinse right after with cool water. Then brush carefully as soon as possible, especially if clear aligners. The bacteria transforming sugars into enamel-eroding acids lingers, so thorough rinsing after sugary intake minimizes damage.

#4: Install Reminder App Alerts

Multiple daily brace cleaning alerts via phone apps remind hectic kids and teens at school or their activities to stop and brush. Apps like Brush Up Score use game rewards to motivate consistent hygiene. Customize their alert tones and icons to their favorite music, cartoon or anime characters for added incentive.

#5: Pick Protective Mouthguards

Whether for school sports or recreational play, having custom athletic mouthguards made at your orthodontist protects often-costly braces from blunt force or ball impacts. Boil-and-bite versions also work temporarily but don’t shield orthodontics as well. Wear them for any activity with face or dental injury risks.

#6: Adjust Oral Habits

Nail biting, pen chewing, opening bottles/bags with your teeth and other improper oral habits threaten to break orthodontic appliances. Also avoid impulse picking at braces with fingers or pencils which can loosen bands.

#7: Eat Carefully

Chew deliberately with your back teeth, visually guide food placement and avoid very hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy fare. Cut fruits, veggies and meats into small pieces pre-meal. Inspect braces after eating to ensure no shells, kernels or bones got caught needing removal.

#8: Take Orthodontic Wax Everywhere

The wax cushions tender areas like brackets or wires rubbing and poking irritated mouth tissues. Keep a pack in every bag/backpack and car console for quick relief after wires shift mid-day until you can visit the orthodontist to trim or reposition them.

#9: See Your Orthodontist Regularly

Consistently attending adjustment visits ensures wires stay tightened, bands properly cemented and treatment progressing according to plan. Extended gaps between tightening intervals drag out treatment time and complications. Alert your orthodontist promptly if breakage, damage or poking wires occur between appointments as leaving them can worsen injury.

#10 Oral Irrigators With Care

While oral irrigators like Waterpiks help clean around braces, avoid aiming their pressurized spray directly at loose bands which could dislodge them. Instead focus water jets at a 45 degree angle toward gums. Check bands after irrigating to ensure they’re still seated solidly.

Why it is important of Caring for Your Orthodontic?

The key reasons why properly caring for your orthodontic braces and appliances is important:

Prevents Tooth Decay and Permanent Damage

Caring for braces through meticulous brushing, flossing and professional cleaning helps prevent plaque and bacterial buildup that can erode tooth enamel beneath bands and underneath wires over time. Decalcification leads to white spot lesions while bacteria causes red, inflamed gums and dental cavities unless controlled.

Avoids Need for Unnecessary Repairs

With diligent orthodontic appliance protection and oral hygiene, issues like loosened cemented bands, poking wire ends, broken brackets and lost o-rings can be minimized. Fewer repairs means less time spent adjusting issues that set treatment back rather than progressing.

Supports Efficient Treatment Times

When patients follow cleaning instructions and wear rubber bands or headgear appliances as directed, teeth shift ideally into the planned new alignment. Keeping adjustment visits on schedule ensures wires get tightened appropriately to guide teeth movement without delays that extend total treatment duration.

Reduces Pain and Discomfort

Oral hygiene helps prevent gum irritation and inflammation around orthodontic hardware. Skipping brushing can lead to tender gums plus greater sensitivity from exposed dentin and cementum if gum recession occurs under bands over time.

Limits Emergency Appointments

Protecting oral appliances from habits like grinding, nail biting and improper flossing techniques helps avoid damage requiring sudden appointments for repair. Fewer emergencies equals fewer missed school/work days and lower orthodontic expenses overall.

Achieves Better Treatment Results

Shortcuts in oral hygiene compliance or appliance wear during orthodontics leads to slower imperfect results compared to dedicated patients whose smiles transform healthily, efficiently and stably the first time around with less relapse likelihood after braces come off.

Protect not just your investment, but your oral health during orthodontic treatment by understanding proper hygiene technique and equipment plus modifying habits that could hinder your progress if accidents happen. Our orthodontic team wants you to complete treatment successfully!

Protecting Your Braces Investment With Diligent Care Adjusting cleaning routines and diet takes commitment, but caring for braces properly throughout orthodontic treatment in London to saves money, reduces discomfort and prevents avoidable repairs. Monitor your braces routinely and follow these tips to keep your smile transformation on track safely. Consult our 1A Orthodontics in Wandsworth team about recommended products too. Here’s to straighter, healthier smiles!

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