Brushing teeth with braces

How to look after braces and retainers

When your brace is fitted, your Total Orthodontics clinician will explain to you exactly how to look after it. It’s important that you regularly clean your teeth and your braces, to maintain their condition.

If you’ve got any questions about the ongoing care and maintenance of your braces, read on below:

How to look after fixed braces

Your fixed brace provides food and plaque with more places to hide, so you’ll need to be extra careful with your oral hygiene routine. You will need to brush after every meal to remove any small pieces of food that can get trapped in your brace.

You should be brushing your teeth three times a day. We recommend that you carry a toothbrush with you at all times, and use a fluoride mouthwash every evening to protect your teeth from decay.

If you don’t keep your teeth and brace clean, you can end up with permanent marking on your teeth – not what you want after all that time getting them lovely and straight!

We also recommend that you see a hygienist and your general dentist for regular check-ups throughout your treatment.

How to look after removable braces

Looking after removable braces is simple. Remove your brace carefully with gentle pressure, and when you are not wearing your brace keep it in its protective box.

To keep your removable brace, clean soak it in a retainer cleaning solution once a week. You can also clean it with a toothbrush and water, but don’t use toothpaste to clean your brace.

Please resist the temptation to play with your brace whilst you’re wearing it, as this may cause it to weaken and break. If you do experience any problems, make an appointment to see us as soon as possible, but in the meantime try to continue wearing your brace.

We will regularly assess your progress, but it’s also important that you continue to visit your general dentist for regular check-ups, to keep your smile in tip-top condition.

How to look after twin block braces

To keep your twin block brace clean, soak both parts in a retainer cleaning solution once a week. You can also clean it with a toothbrush and water. Don’t use toothpaste to clean your brace.

Please avoid clicking your twin block brace in and out repeatedly as this will cause it to weaken and break. If you do experience any problems please make an appointment to see us as soon as possible. In the meantime try to continue wearing your brace.

How to look after fixed retainers

It is important that you keep the areas around your fixed retainers clean. We recommend using an interdental brush or orthodontic dental floss to clean between your front teeth and underneath your fixed retainers. We also advise you to see your dentist or hygienist regularly for a professional clean.

How to look after removable retainers

When your retainers are not being worn, please keep them in their protective box. To keep your retainers clean, soak them in a retainer cleaning solution once a week for 20 minutes. You can also clean them with a toothbrush and water. Don’t use toothpaste to clean your retainers and don’t put them in hot water, as this may cause them to lose their shape.

If you would like any more information on the above, just get in touch with your local Total Orthodontics practice, and we’ll be happy to help!

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