Caring for your fixed braces

When someone has fixed braces, they need to take care of their teeth more often than they usually would with their normal teeth. The brace can block access to the gaps in your teeth making it much harder to get into every nook and cranny. If you have fixed braces, we at Loughborough Orthodontics have some tips to share that you may find useful.

Brush and floss when necessary

We all brush our teeth to keep them clean, but it’s a little more complicated when you add braces to the equation. Be gentle when brushing your braces, as it’s very easy to accidentally pop off a bracket or move the wire with harsh brushing.  a gentle brushing technique allows the surface of the teeth to be cleared of bacteria – however because the wires are covering the gaps, it’s hard to brush in between the teeth. This is where flossing comes in. Flossing helps get rid of any food that’s been left either between your teeth or stuck in the adult brace itself. If you struggle getting everything from in-between the wires using string floss, interdental brushes can be used as miniature brushes to get in those hard-to-reach areas easily.

Eat the correct foods for your braces

We all love a chewy sweet or lovely slice of pizza, but you may have to keep clear of any sticky, crunchy or hard food throughout the duration of your treatment. Sticky foods can easily stick to the brackets and wires of your adult braces, making them difficult to clean off. Crunchy and hard foods, like baguettes and apples, are also examples to avoid, as foods like these can put pressure on the braces, leading to the movement of the wire and the potential loss of brackets. If a bracket has come loose or has completely been detached from the tooth, you’ll need to pop in and see us at Loughborough Orthodontics as soon as possible to get it fixed. Eating the right foods will mean it’s less likely for you to come in for an urgent appointment and will help the straightening process continue without delays.

Wax is your friend

If you start to notice some prodding in the back of your cheek or on your gums, it may mean a wire has come loose or the wire is becoming too long and may need changing. While waiting for an appointment, you can use dental wax to cover the wire on your brace where the area of discomfort is. This acts as a shield to keep your gums from touching that area until you next visit your orthodontist in Loughborough.

Interested in braces?

If you need more information on fixed braces or any other option for teeth straightening in Loughborough, please don’t hesitate to visit our contact page or call us on 01509 261006 at Loughborough Orthodontics.

Book consultation

Discuss your options with Dr. Gosal and his professional team and decide what teeth straightening option is suitable for you. The consultation process involves an initial full assessment, followed by full records and X-rays followed by a further detailed discussion to provide you with a bespoke treatment plan and a thorough breakdown of your brace options. There is absolutely no obligation.

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