Brace & Retainer Care
Once you've had your brace or retainer fitted, your dentist will take you through how to wear it, foods to avoid, and how to keep it clean. If you're ever unsure as to how to maintain it, simply ask your dentist, or take a look at the guidance below.
If you have fixed braces fitted, you'll need to take extra care to make sure your mouth stays clean. You can do this by making sure you brush your teeth after eating to make sure nothing gets stuck in your brace. It's a good idea to keep a travel toothbrush and toothpaste with you so that you can easily get into a routine of brushing three times a day.
When you have fixed braces, it's really important to keep your teeth clean, as if you don't, you could end up with marks on your teeth once your braces are removed. Because of this, it's also a good idea to keep up to date with your dental check-ups and hygienist appointments.
To help keep your fixed retainer clean, interdental brushes and orthodontic dental floss can really make a difference. They enable you to keep underneath your brace clean, helping you to maintain proper dental hygiene.
Removable braces are pretty easy to clean, given that they're removable! Give your removable brace a brush with a toothbrush and water, or soak it in a special cleaner once a week. Don't be tempted to clean your brace with toothpaste - it's too abrasive and can damage your brace. Ask your dentist for the brace cleaner.
It's important to bear in mind that when you're wearing your brace, make sure it doesn't move. Excessive removal or just clicking it in and out of place can cause damage to the brace. While you're not wearing it, keep it in its protective container.
See our Straightening Treatments section advice on braces, or to find your nearest Bupa Dental Care (formerly Oasis Dental Care) practice, get in touch with us today.