Living with a brace

Sports and braces

You can play sports while you are receiving brace treatment but it is advised you wear a protective mouth guard. These are advised for sports like riding a bike, skating or playing any contact sports. Your orthodontist can advise you on a recommended specific mouth guard.

Musical instruments and braces

If you play wind or brass instruments, like a trumpet , you will clearly require some adaptations to the brace. With practice and a period of adjustment to the brace, it typically does not interfere with playing a musical instrument. Sometimes when playing wind instruments it can be a recommendation to use a lip guard, please ask your orthodontist for more information.

Daily activities and braces

FOOD

Choose foods that are soft. Avoid any foods that are hard, sticky, and or chewy. Cut or tear sandwiches, baguettes and pizza rather than biting right into them. Initially after the brace has been fitted you may feel that you would be best with food that require little to no chewing like soup, pasta or jacket potatoes.

CARE AND MAINTENANCE

It is very important that you look after your brace not only is it your diet that can break the brace please be aware that chewing on pens, nails or opening sports water bottle caps can also break the brace. This in turn can hinder your treatment by sometimes prolonging treatment up to 3 months. You’ll need to keep your teeth and gums in a good condition while having brace treatment, this ensures we can deliver you the best healthiest result.

CLEANING

Brush thoroughly every time you eat a meal or a snack. If you cannot brush your teeth rinse well with water until you can. Best practice is to carry a travel toothbrush with you.

At Least TWICE a day brush your teeth and braces thoroughly until they are spotlessly clean, this will take a little longer than you would usually do so best to get out of bed early and head to bed a little early to ensure this is done.

HOW TO BRUSH

A good way to tell you are brushing your brace properly is that everything is shiny and you can see all the edges of the brace clearly.

Use an fluoride toothpaste and a soft, rounded-bristled toothbrush which is in good condition. As you go through treatment you will find your toothbrush will wear quicker, any signs of wear please replace your toothbrush .

Brush all round your brace and every surface of your teeth – front, sides and backs. Be sure to brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth.

Brush gums gently and thoroughly.

Spit, do not rinse.

HOW TO FLOSS

Flossing with a brace can be a little tricky some people prefer to use with the small inter-dental brushes or super floss. These item allow you to floss with ease.

Floss every night before you go to bed, making sure you clean carefully along and under the gum line.