Looking after removable and fixed braces

Brushing with braces

If you don’t keep your teeth and gums healthy during treatment, your orthodontist might have to remove your braces or stop your treatment until your teeth and gums are healthy again. As such, you’ll need to be extra careful with daily brushing and flossing.

Food can easily get stuck in fixed braces, and aligners remain in your mouth for long periods. Both can attract the bacteria that forms plaque and tartar, which if not cleaned away, can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Our top tips are:

Girl brushing her teeth and braces in front of a bathroom mirror

Remember to continue with your regular dental check-ups, and to attend visits to a dental hygienist throughout your treatment - they will help you make sure you’re keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

What to do if you spot a problem

Damage to your braces or aligners can lengthen your treatment time. You’ll be able to feel if your braces are damaged. If this happens, let your local practice know so they can give you further advice.

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