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How to clean your teeth while wearing braces

how to clean teeth while wearing braces

What are braces?

A dental brace is a wire device that is fitted into the mouth. 

It solves a number of problems including:

  • Straightening crooked teeth, so they’re easier to keep clean
  • Closing gaps between your teeth, for a more attractive smile
  • Correcting your bite, so your top and bottom teeth sit comfortably together when your mouth is closed.

What are the Cfast braces you offer?

At St John’s Road Dental Practice, we use and recommend Cfast braces.

Unlike standard braces, Cfast braces:

  • Are purely cosmetic and designed for adults
  • Are tooth-coloured, which makes them more discreet
  • Work quickly, with results in around three to six months
  • Are affordable because of the rapid treatment time
  • Provide an alternative to more damaging cosmetic treatments.

Are there things I shouldn’t do while wearing braces?

Certain activities can damage your brace’s wires and brackets, which could prolong your treatment time.

While wearing braces, you should avoid:

  • Chewing things, like pencils, pens, fingernails and gum
  • Biting hard, crunchy foods, like raw vegetables and biscuits
  • Playing sports — unless you’re wearing a suitable mouth guard
  • Fiddling with the braces or pulling at the wires.

Will I need to change my diet?

If you have fixed braces, which cannot be removed when you eat, dietary changes are advisable to prevent tooth decay and damage to your braces. 

Many people experience some discomfort during the first few days, or after an adjustment. This is normal and, at these times, it’s best to eat soft foods, like eggs, pasta, soup and yoghurt.

For the rest of the time:

  • Try to eat three meals a day and avoid snacking between meals
  • Avoid sticky, sugary foods, like toffee, boiled sweets and caramel, which can become trapped in your braces
  • Cut up hard, crunchy foods, like celery, apples and biscuits and eat them with your back teeth rather than biting them
  • Avoid fizzy, sugary drinks and juices, which can cause tooth decay — stick to milk or water instead.

Why is it more important to keep your teeth clean while wearing braces?

As braces fit close to the teeth, they can be a trap for food and bacteria, so it’s important to keep them, and the teeth underneath them, clean.

Ideally, you should aim to clean your teeth and braces after every meal — or at least twice a day, including once before you go to bed.

Cleaning fixed braces and Cfast braces

  • You can clean your teeth and braces with a normal toothbrush and toothpaste — just make sure the brush head is small enough to reach all areas of your mouth
  • Use interdental brushes to clean between your braces and your teeth
  • Use floss threaders to help you pass dental floss under the wires of your braces
  • After brushing, use disclosing tablets to stain any remaining dental plaque, making it easier to see the areas you haven’t cleaned thoroughly enough.

Final tips

  • Every set of braces is slightly different, so it’s important to follow your dentist’s advice when it comes to cleaning and caring for them
  • Visit your dentist as advised to ensure your braces are working properly and in case they need any adjustment.

Further questions?

If you still have questions about cleaning or caring for your braces, Dr Saigal will be happy to answer them for you.