Examples of taking care of dental braces

Brace care FAQs

The advice you were given by our practice team along with the following instructions will help you look after your braces. If you have any problems, please contact us. Don’t wait until your next appointment.

Fixed Brace

Do

  • Brush your teeth and braces after each meal
  • Thoroughly brush your teeth and braces at least twice a day
  • Use an inter-space brush to clean under the wire
  • Use a fluoride mouthwash once a day
  • Use the orthodontic wax if your brace is sharp

Don’t

  • Fiddle with your brace
  • Have sugary or acidic food and drinks
  • Chew gum or eat hard or sticky foods
  • Play sport without wearing a gumshield

How to brush


Brushing inbetween

Use wax if the brace rubs

Foods to avoid

Brace sports guard


Please see our Resources page for more information and care sheets.

Removable Brace

Do

  • Wear your brace all the time including eating and sleeping
  • Brush your teeth and brace after each meal
  • Keep your brace in a protective box if it isn’t being worn
  • Contact the surgery if you lose or break your brace

Don’t

  • Wear your brace for swimming or contact-sports
  • Hold the brace by the wires or bend them
  • Have sugary or acidic food and drinks
  • Click your brace with your tongue

Please see our Resources page for more information and care sheets.

Twinblock Functional Brace

Do

  • Wear your brace 24 hours a day
  • Bite the blocks together, properly, all the time
  • Try to eat with the brace in
  • Brush your teeth and braces after each meal
  • Keep your brace in a protective box if it is not in your mouth
  • Contact the surgery if you lose or break your brace

Don’t

  • Wear your brace for swimming or contact-sports
  • Hold the brace by the wires or bend them
  • Have sugary or acidic food and drinks
  • Click your brace with your tongue

Please see our Resources page for more information and care sheets.

Retainers

Do

  • Wear your retainer as instructed
  • Clean the retainer with a toothbrush and liquid soap
  • Use Retainer-Brite at least once a week
  • Keep the retainers in a protective box in the day
  • Bring your retainers to every appointment

Don’t

  • Eat or drink with the brace in
  • Clean the brace with toothpaste or hot water
  • Let your dog get hold of them

Please see our Resources page for more information and care sheets.


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