Aftercare for braces
Orthodontic treatment is a long-term solution for aligning crowded or crooked teeth. Whichever brace or aligners you have, it’s important to care for them properly to prevent breakage and any delay to your treatment. We’ve put together the following advice to support you in your aftercare.
Cleaning your braces
If you have Invisalign aligners, or any other type of removable brace, we recommend using a specific cleaning system for removable aligners, which your dentist can advise. You can also brush aligners using a toothbrush and toothpaste, under lukewarm water. It’s important never to use hot water, which could warp the plastic. It’s always best to brush your teeth about 30 minutes after eating or drinking before putting your aligners back in, to avoid staining them.
For fixed braces, it’s important to brush over each bracket and wire, and angle the toothbrush up to clean underneath them. For any other type of orthodontic treatment, speak to your orthodontist for advice.
Before you start treatment, your dentist should discuss what your journey will look like, including any check-up and review appointments. At the end of your treatment, your dentist will discuss a retainer to keep your teeth in place.
If you have any questions, or concerns at any stage, it’s important to get in touch with your dentist as soon as you can.
Learn more about orthodontics
If you have any questions about orthodontic treatment or aftercare, get in touch with your local practice, who’ll be more than happy to help.
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