Oral Maintenance During Orthodontic Treatment

Ready to perfect your smile with orthodontic treatment? Traditional and invisible braces are an effective means of straightening your teeth, but without proper care and oral maintenance they can cause additional wear.

If you want to get the most out of your orthodontic treatment and ensure your investment does your pearly whites justice, there are a few key oral health and cleaning tips to keep in mind.

How Can Orthodontic Treatment Cause Dental Wear?

Orthodontics such as traditional and invisible braces can cause additional wear and etching on teeth if proper oral maintenance and care isn’t taken. With traditional braces, food can get caught between braces and wires. Similarly, with invisible braces, food and food acids can become trapped under clear aligners if they’re not cleaned properly.

Good oral health and maintenance is essential when you’re investing in your teeth. The good news is, properly cleaning your braces is simple – and can ensure you get the best bang for your orthodontic treatment buck.

Brushing and Flossing

Regular brushing and flossing is a vital part of any good oral health routine, but it becomes especially vital when undergoing orthodontic treatment. Brush and floss after every meal if you’re sporting traditional metal braces, taking care to remove any food that might be caught between the braces and around the wires. If you’ve chosen invisible braces such as Invisalign, brush your teeth after meals, and use dental wipes provided by your dentist rinse with cold water to clean inside your aligners and ensure they’re free of food acids.

Remove Invisible Braces White Eating

One of the greatest benefits of invisible braces such as Invisalign is that you can take them out while you eat, and during brushing and flossing. While you should wear your invisible aligners as often as possible for optimum results, don’t be afraid to take them out while eating and brushing to minimise the wear that can be caused by stuck food fragments and residual acids. Taking your invisible braces out will prevent food from becoming trapped between your teeth and the aligners, and will allow you to brush and floss your teeth more effectively after eating.

Listen to the Experts

Your orthodontist knows their stuff, so be sure to listen to any advice they offer regarding oral health and maintenance, and don’t be shy in getting their expert opinion if you have any questions regarding your treatment.

If you’re concerned about etching or wear caused by orthodontic treatment, our team of orthodontist specialists can show you how best to brush and floss your pearly whites, to help you protect the investment you’re making in your smile.

At Fresh Smiles we offer a wide range of orthodontic treatments and Invisalign invisible braces. We are located in Newtown and Belmont in Victoria, and our team is ready and waiting to help you achieve your best smile yet. Book an appointment at Fresh Smiles today.