Taking Care of Your Braces

Posted on May 9, 2017 in Info & FAQs
Taking Care of Your Braces

Taking care of your braces actually involves taking care of your teeth, while you are wearing braces! This involves two key areas: firstly, how to keep your teeth and braces clean and secondly, what you eat.

6 steps to cleaning your teeth and braces

It’s a fact that taking care of your teeth will be more difficult after your braces are fitted. Braces have countless tiny spaces to trap food, and this trapped food causes plaque, which can potentially lead to other dental problems. So follow this simple guide to ensure you look after your teeth while you have braces.

1. Brush your teeth and braces at least twice a day

First remove the elastics and any other removable parts of your braces but do not ‘play’ with the wires. As normal, brush your teeth for at least two minutes using a circular motion and be sure to get under the wires. Use your brush at a 45-degree angle and brush from the top and the bottom of each wire.

2. Floss your teeth

A catchphrase of orthodontists is “only floss the teeth you want to keep!So make sure you floss every tooth, even the ones in the far back. Thread the floss string and push it down under the wires between your brackets. It is also worth purchasing “super floss,” a strong type of floss specially designed for cleaning around braces.

3. Use an interdental brush

It is best to supplement your brushing by using interdental brushes (also known as proxabrushes or “Christmas tree brushes”). These are specially designed for cleaning in between braces. Gently clean between brackets (under the wires) with the interdental brush to get all the plaque off.

4. Invest in a water flosser

While not essential for brace care, you may want to use a water flosser to help you flush out any debris from under the wires.

5. Check for plaque

You can purchase tablets for disclosing plaque from your local chemist. These show you where any plaque is located. Use them after you have brushed and flossed to help you find any leftover plaque.

6. Finish with mouthwash

Finish your routine by using mouthwash to rinse your mouth. Make sure that the mouthwash is one that helps remove plaque. This also makes your breath smell fresh!


Advice for Eating with Braces

There are a number of foods that should be avoided when wearing braces in order to avoid broken wires and brackets causing pain and potentially prolonging treatment.

Generally it is best to completely rule out anything hard, chewy or sticky. Examples of food not to eat include:

  • Toffee and caramel
  • Chocolate bars with sticky centres
  • Boiled sweets
  • Wine gums, gummy bears and other chewy sweets
  • Nuts
  • Chewing gum

There are also some items that should be eaten carefully:

  • Popcorn
  • Chewy bread and cakes such as bagels and doughnuts – tear into small pieces
  • Crisps – eat them carefully and one at a time
  • Corn on the cob – eat off the cob, don’t chew on it!
  • Apples and carrots – cut into small pieces

Finally, don’t chew on any hard items such as ice, the ends of pens and pencils, or fingernails.

If you have dental concerns, please make an appointment with us.
Dr. Moira Wong – Orthodontist

An exceptionally skilled orthodontist who simply loves to improve the smiles of adults and children.

Dr Moira Wong (GDC no: 67960, UK) developed an ambition to specialise in the field of orthodontics during her time as a dentistry student at the London Hospital Medical College. After graduating in 1994, she gained experience in all fields of dentistry prior to specialisation. This included working as part of the Pennstar trauma team at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Wong’s career pathway began with a spell as a house officer in prosthetic dentistry at the Royal London Hospital, followed by senior house officer positions at the Bristol Dental Hospital. During this period she gained her fellowship in dental surgery and worked in the paediatric dentistry department, treating special needs children and addressing complicated developmental problems. She also worked with adults requiring the replacement of multiple teeth.

Returning to London to take up a position as a senior house officer in oral surgery, Dr Wong gained experience in dental and facial surgery. One of her busiest nights was helping with the suturing of patients following a national rail crash.

Dr Wong was then accepted onto the specialty training programme at Guy’s Hospital, where she spent a further three years gaining her master’s degree. She continued onto a consultant training programme at King’s College and St George’s Hospital, gaining her Fellowship in orthodontics. Currently less than 300 UK practitioners have this level of training, with just 5 to 10 people gaining the accreditation in an average year.

Today, Dr Wong has acquired an excellent reputation for her highly sophisticated work and approachable, communicative manner. Her ambition is to be recognised as nothing less than the best orthodontist in London.