At Smileworx Orthodontics, our orthodontic care doesn’t end when the treatment has finished; it continues for life. We have created a few tips to help you to care for your smile, during and after your treatment.
Brushing with braces is a little more complicated than your average ‘teeth brush’ as there are a myriad of new places for food to be trapped. During your child’s orthodontic treatment, it is vital to encourage good oral hygiene habits and appliance wear if necessary. A comprehensive, complete mouth clean includes:
- Brushing above and below the bracket using a scrubbing action.
- Brushing the biting surface of the teeth using a scrubbing action.
- Brushing the inside surface of the teeth sweeping the bristles from the gum towards the tip of the tooth.
- Taking the interproximal brush, sliding it underneath the wire and jiggling the bristles towards the gums (this cleans in between the teeth, either side of the bracket and under the wire.)
- Using fluoride toothpaste and a soft-headed tooth brush.
- Brushing top and bottom teeth separately.
- Starting from the back tooth (left or right) and working around systematically.
- After finishing, always looking and checking so there is no plaque or food debris left.
- Brushing at least twice a day, once in the morning after breakfast and once more after dinner before bed.
SPEND APPROXIMATELY 10 SECONDS CLEANING EACH TOOTH!
Brushing With Braces
Brushing With A Proxabrush
Your child’s retainer is vital to ensure that their new smile stays with them for life. It is important that it is properly looked after to ensure its longevity and effectiveness.
To clean the retainer, use cold water and liquid soap on a toothbrush, twice daily. Toothpaste should not be used to clean retainers as it will make the clear retainer opaque. Once a week, soak the retainer in Polident to give it a thorough cleaning. The most common retainer for bottom teeth is a thin wire which is cemented behind the lower front teeth on the day of the braces de-banding.
After the braces have been removed, your child will be given your upper and lower retainers plus an upper and/or lower model of their teeth as a record of their beautiful smile. These models are very important, so please keep them in a safe place. If your child loses or breaks their retainer or the lingual wire becomes loose, please telephone our rooms immediately to arrange the appropriate appointment. The original model can then be used to fashion a new retainer, as it is the most accurate representation of what the teeth were like the day that the braces came off. Our understanding team know that accidents can happen!
Sometimes with braces, things can go a little haywire, or something can become a little skewed. This is common, as the mouth is constantly subjected to different foods and different pressures. Your first response should be to call our team, who can help you instantly and schedule an appointment if necessary. If something has become dislodged or broken, please keep it and bring it to your appointment.
If something is hurting, an area is tender, or a wire is poking into the mouth, orthodontic wax can provide effective temporary relief.