Wellness Tips | 07 October, 2020

Caring for Braces

Braces are an investment in your smile and whether it is metal, ceramic, or lingual braces they need to be looked after.

With proper care, your braces will be much more comfortable and effective, meaning you are closer to the smile you have always wanted! Believe it or not, it is easier than it sounds.

Brushing & Flossing with Braces

A good oral health routine is an important part of your every-day health and wellness, but it is even more important when braces are involved. Braces make it easier for food to get stuck in and around your brackets plus there is a greater chance of plaque building up. So, without a regular cleaning regime, that build up can lead to an increased risk of tooth decay around your brackets.

It is recommended that you brush after every meal to help reduce bacterial plaque and food build-up. Another good idea is to keep a toothbrush and tube of toothpaste in your school bag or at work to make it easier to keep that routine while you are out and about.

Remember to be gentle when brushing and flossing. Whist we love seeing you, too much pressure may damage or break your braces which means another trip to the practice. If you need a hand getting the right brushing technique, do not be afraid to ask our team to give you a tutorial.


If you’re a budding sportsperson that wears braces you will need a custom made mouthguard to protect your teeth and braces. Whilst braces can actually help reduce displacement or tooth loss during a dental trauma, a mouthguard will protect your teeth, tongue, gums, and your braces from any unexpected accidents on the sporting field.

A custom-made mouthguard from your orthodontist is recommended. These mouthguards are tailor-made for your mouth and can be remoulded by your orthodontist as your treatment progresses. They’ll also be a lot more comfortable and effective than an off-the-shelf mouthguard though speak to your orthodontic practitioner about the best solution for your needs.

If you have braces, then you will want to do everything you can to make sure you’re getting the best results. Caring for your braces is the first step to having a smooth and comfortable teeth straightening journey. Make sure you speak to your orthodontic practitioner if you have any questions or concerns. Maintaining a regular oral health routine, thinking about what you’re eating and investing in a custom-made mouthguard if you play sport are simple and easy ways to make sure you get your dream smile.