How should I look after my braces?


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Orthodontic Dental Therapy
BHlthSc (Otago)

Braces are the most common form of appliance used in orthodontic treatment. As they are fixed or bonded to your teeth and are not removable, it can be a challenge to keep them clean and maintain optimal dental hygiene.

While undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces, you can use several recommended protocols in your daily routine, along with continuing regular visits to your friendly and encouraging dental hygienist, in order to maintain the required standard of dental hygiene.

Both manual and electric toothbrushes can be used, as long as they have a soft- bristled head. You should brush after each meal or snack; this will prevent bacteria and plaque from adhering to your tooth surfaces around the brackets.


If your braces incorporate a wire, interdental brushes are useful in dislodging food and debris caught under the wire. The larger sizes are recommended, as they cover a greater surface area beneath the wire and between the brackets.

Superfloss is our preferred choice of floss. It is designed for people with orthodontic appliances. One end of this floss is tapered and stiff, making it easily threaded under the wire of your braces. Superfloss also has a soft and fluffy section, which is gentle on your gums when it comes into contact with them.

Anyone wearing an orthodontic appliance needs to avoid certain food types so as to prevent breakages of the wires and the brackets. Soft food groups are preferred; you can also cut up firmer foods and chew them with your back teeth. You should always avoid hard or sticky foods such as nuts or toffees, as these can strain the brackets and wires.

If you are unsure about how to care for your braces or have any questions, feel free to contact the friendly team at Smile Solutions or talk with your orthodontist at your next appointment. 

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*The contents of this blog post are of a general nature only and may not apply to your specific circumstances. As every person is different we always recommend that you visit a qualified dental practitioner to obtain tailored dental advice to suit your own specific needs.

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