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Orthodontic Aftercare

Correcting an orthodontic issue goes beyond the chair. A successful treatment also depends on how well an orthodontic appliance is used and maintained day-to-day.

During your consultation, we’ll ensure you or your child understand how to take care of your appliance and your oral health to achieve the desired outcome.

Taking care of your orthodontic appliance

Braces, retainers and other appliances are designed to be strong, yet can still be damaged if not treated with care. We advise parents to encourage their children to follow care instructions provided to them by Tindall Orthodontics.

Fixed braces

If you damage your metal braces or ceramic braces they will need to be repaired, which could lengthen the course of your treatment.

If a wire in your brace comes loose, this can cause irritation and lead to oral concerns such as ulcers if left untreated. If this happens, move the loose wire under the arch wire to prevent further discomfort and apply wax to any scratched areas of your mouth, then make an appointment to see your orthodontist as soon as possible.

Removable appliances

If you have a removable appliance such as a retainer, this should always be kept in its container when not in use to keep it safe and hygienic and prevent it from getting lost. You should only remove the appliance when you are brushing your teeth, swimming or taking part in contact sports like rugby and football.

Clean your removable appliance every day using a toothbrush and cold water, avoiding hot water and toothpaste as these can cause damage. Do not put your retainer in the dishwasher.

Taking care of your teeth

Good oral hygiene is imperative when it comes to keeping your teeth clean whilst having orthodontic treatment. We recommend brushing after every meal, flossing twice daily and using a fluoride mouthwash.

If you have braces, you may need to change to a different type of toothbrush to make sure you are reaching every surface. Pay particular attention to the area between your braces and your gums, as this is where food is most likely to become trapped. This can lead to plaque building up, which causes tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health problems if left untreated.

Flossing is also important for removing trapped food from between your teeth and around the brace wires. If you have a retainer, this should be removed before you brush and floss your teeth.

Healthy eating

It’s important to avoid food and drinks that can cause damage to your appliance or increase your risk of oral health problems.

Avoid types of food that can damage or get stuck in your appliance, including:

  • sticky foods (chewing gum, peanut butter, caramel)
  • chewy foods (bagels, chewy sweets)
  • hard foods (nuts, hard sweets, ribs)
  • crunchy foods (apples, popcorn, crisps)

Bad habits such as biting pens, pencils and fingernails can also damage your braces and your teeth and should be avoided.

It’s advised to avoid food and drink with high sugar content such as soft drinks and fruit juices, as this feeds bacteria inside your mouth and causes plaque to form. This can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and other problems that may require dental care and will delay your orthodontic treatment.

Visiting your dentist and orthodontist

Your orthodontist will monitor your progress and make regular adjustments to your appliance during a series of regular check-ups. Appointments are usually every six, however your orthodontist will inform you how often you’ll need to be seen during your consultation.

It’s also important to continue with routine dental check-ups throughout your orthodontic treatment. We recommend that you visit your dentist every six months to have your teeth and gums checked and cleaned.

What to do if your appliance is damaged

If your braces, retainer or other appliance becomes damaged or lost, contact Tindall Orthodontics to make an appointment. We will arrange to see you as soon as possible.

Get in touch

Contact us for more advice about looking after your orthodontic appliance or to arrange an appointment at Tindall Orthodontics. No referral is required for your initial consultation.