Cleaning with Braces
When you are wearing braces, food and sugary liquids will persist in the mouth much longer than normal as food debris gets caught around the brackets and under the wires. This can promote rapid bacterial buildup on the teeth, which can result in gum disease and tooth decay. It is therefore essential to have excellent oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment.
Cleaning is always important, particularly during orthodontic treatment. Regular brushing with the correct technique will avoid the risks of permanent markings (demineralization), gum disease and tooth decay. We recommend brushing at least three times a day - immediately after each meal (as well as before your orthodontic appointment). It is also very important to continue six monthly checkups with your general dentist throughout orthodontic treatment.
If you have forgotten to brush your teeth before your orthodontic appointment, we have free toothbrushes individually wrapped and pre-coated with toothpaste for you to use in the tooth cleaning area.