Braces Care

Brushing With Braces

You will notice that it is harder to keep your teeth clean with braces. Food becomes caught in the brackets and between your teeth and can only be removed by brushing and flossing. If plaque remains on the teeth for any length of time, it can leave a permanent white scar of decalcification on the surface. Brushing after meals should become part of your daily schedule.

Use a soft toothbrush and brush at a 45-degree angle to the tooth in small circles above and below the bracket. You may need to use an interdental or small proxabrush for those hard to get spots between your braces. Your toothbrush will wear out faster because of your appliances, so be sure to replace it whenever the bristles start to fray.

Don’t forget to floss daily. The floss needs to be pulled under the archwire. A floss threader will help make this task a little easier. Simply thread the floss through the floss threader as if you were threading a needle. Then, push the end of the floss threader under the archwire and pull the floss through. You can now floss as the teeth as normal. Repeat this step for each tooth.

When you are finished brushing and flossing, rinse your mouth carefully with water or an antiseptic dental rinse. An antiseptic dental rinse can help minor gum inflammations and irritations from orthodontic appliances. An antiseptic dental rinse can also be used to cleanse canker sores, minor wounds and other mouth and gum irritations.

Cleaning Your Retainer

Both of our clear Trutain retainers and Hawley retainers should be cleaned daily. This can be done with either diluted toothpaste (do not apply undiluted toothpaste to retainer) or soap and water. Retainers can also be cleaned monthly if necessary with a denture cleaner or Colgate 3D White Mouth Rinse. Retainers should be soaked for approximately an hour in the solution and then brushed and rinsed well.

Emergency Appointments

Orthodontic emergencies are rare, but should one occur, we are here for you. Call our office as soon as possible so we can fit you in for a repair appointment. An emergency number will be provided on our answering machine if you call after office hours. In the meantime, there are many things that can be done at home to resolve minor problems.

Find out what to do in case of problems with your braces or retainer.

Damaged Appliances and Braces

Damaged appliances and braces can increase the length of your treatment process, so be sure to take care of all your appliances and braces. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer or other appliances prescribed by Dr. Stieg and Dr. Wachtel.

Find out what to do in case of problems with your braces or retainer.