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Braces Care

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF BRACES

Braces Care Cheltenham

Braces Care Cheltenham

Braces are received to correct the alignment of our teeth and jaws, which can result in better health — and a long-lasting smile that can last a long time.

However, braces come with the risk of plaque build-up in and surrounding the teeth and gums.

This makes it very important to take special care when practising oral hygiene and cleaning our braces regularly.

Basic Hygiene and Care for Braces

Practice careful hygiene while wearing braces.

Since orthodontic appliances create areas for plaque build-up, cleaning them properly can prevent any sign of tooth decay and gum disease and keep your teeth and whole mouth healthy.

When wearing braces, your Cheltenham dentist may provide or recommend a product that will help you maintain your braces. Make sure to use them as per instruction.

This may take a little practice but will become an easy daily habit and part of your oral hygiene routine.

Don’t forget, brushing your braces is not enough to keep them clean, and they will require special cleaning.

If you are wearing removable orthodontic appliances, make sure to remove and clean them with a toothbrush and water every night before sleeping.

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How to Clean your Braces

  1. Remove any bands, straps, or headgear.
  2. Position your brush at a 45-degree angle against the gum. Use gentle side-to-side strokes along the gumline. Brush one tooth at a time for at least 10 seconds each.
  3. Brush the inner and outer sides and gumline.
  4. Do not forget to brush all the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  5. Brush around the brackets but don’t put too much pressure on them.

Diet Tips

When you are installed with braces, your Cheltenham dentist will most likely recommend you take care of them by considering your dietary choices.

Here are a few tips to avoid damaging your braces:

  • Avoid chewing on gum
  • Avoid drinking sweet and acidic beverages
  • Hard fruits and foods that need firm chewing should be cut into smaller pieces
  • Limit your sugary food consumption
  • Avoid hard and sticky treats
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Braces Lifestyle Changes

Wearing braces may seem overwhelming, but you should be able to adapt to them and make it a habit of caring for them and your oral health.

Braces don’t stay forever, but their effect on your dental health will be around for a long time.

  • See your Cheltenham dentist every month for adjustments.
  • Wear a custom-made mouthguard if you play sports or participate in leisure activities.
  • Bring a toothbrush with you every time you leave home and clean your braces whenever you think it’s necessary.

Braces Care in Cheltenham

Care for your braces as you care for your teeth.

For more information on braces care in Cheltenham, contact us on (03) 9583 5506 or request your appointment online.

We are located at Suite C, 151 Centre Dandenong Road in Cheltenham.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I need to wear my braces?
The total treatment time will depend on the orthodontic problem, severity and the type of braces you opt for.
Do I need to visit my dentist even while wearing braces?
Yes. Go to your Cheltenham dentist for dental check-ups and scale and cleans to avoid tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. This is more important when you are wearing orthodontic appliances.
How often should I brush my teeth?
Your Cheltenham dentist usually recommends brushing your teeth at least four times a day (after breakfast, lunch and dinner and before bed).