After Treatment Precautions, Braces & Aligners

April 23, 2018 by The Dental Home0

  • Brush after every time you eat. That’s because food particles trapped in the braces can lead to bleeding or swollen or irritation in gums, bad breath, decay etc
  • Use of soft specially designed orthodontic toothbrush with round bristles, or an electric toothbrush if available is advisable
  • Brush each tooth at the gum line and both above and below the brackets. Brush your gum line first, holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle
  • Hard foods are another no-no. Foods such as nuts, ice, popcorn and meat can break the wires of the braces and loosen the brackets. Even otherwise healthy foods, such as raw apples and carrots, can be problematic because their hard texture can damage the wires. To eat crunchy foods, cut them into small, bite-size pieces
  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods, such as dried fruits, caramel, taffy, corn on the cob and chewing gum, all of which can become stuck and be hard to remove from braces
  • If you are stuck somewhere without a toothbrush, vigorously rinse your mouth with water (or mouthwash) and brush as soon as possible
  • If your braces or wires get injured or ulcerated the inside of your lips or cheeks, you can place a special wax on them to prevent this from happening
  • Clean the brackets by brushing at a downward angle on top of the brackets and brushing at an upward angle at the bottom of the brackets
  • Rinse again after brushingFlosser and interdental brushes are other dental cleaning aids which you can use along with mouthwashes

Removal of Appliance

The removal of orthodontic appliances usually takes about one hour. Instructions for retention appliances will be given at this appointment

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Retention Treatment

Do return to our clinic one month after the retention appliance has been delivered. After that appointment, visits will typically take place every two to four months. During the retention appointments, the retainer is examined, adjusted and corrected to ensure proper function.