It is very important when undergoing any teeth straightening procedure that your care for your braces to ensure that you do not develop gum disease or tooth decay which can affect the outcome of your treatment. Here at West Wickham Dental Practice we have come up with our top tips to care for your brace, whether you have fixed or removable appliances.
It is important to ensure that you brush your teeth and brace following every meal, because food can easily become trapped and if left can lead to the development of gum disease and tooth decay. To ensure that you are never caught unprepared always carry a toothbrush and toothpaste in your bag.
Flossing can help to remove those food particles missed by brushing alone. Gum disease and tooth decay can quickly develop where food particles are left trapped. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in the UK and could severely affect the outcome of any teeth straightening procedure.
Fizzy drinks are often high in sugar and acidic. If teeth are not cleaned properly it can lead to tooth decay and enamel erosion whether you have fixed or removable braces.
4. Get Damage Repaired Quickly
If you notice any damage to your braces or aligners, be sure to book a repair appointment as soon as possible. This will ensure that your treatment can be continued as planned and will prevent your teeth from regressing back to their original position.
5. Don’t Skip Appointments
If you consistently miss appointments it can greatly increase the length of time you will need to wear you brace for and in the long term can hinder your desire to achieve a straighter smile.