Brace Care at Home

Keeping Your Smile Healthy and Beautiful at SW3 Dental

Congratulations on taking the first step towards a straight and confident smile with braces! At SW3 Dental, we want to ensure that you achieve the best results possible. Alongside professional orthodontic care, proper brace care at home is essential for maintaining oral health and maximizing the effectiveness of your treatment. In this article, we will guide you through the necessary steps to care for your braces and keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

Why Brace Care is Important

Brace care is crucial because it helps prevent oral health issues, ensures optimal treatment progress, and protects the longevity of your braces. By maintaining good oral hygiene and following specific care guidelines, you can avoid complications such as tooth decay, gum problems, and enamel staining.

Daily Oral Hygiene Routine

Establishing a daily oral hygiene routine is vital for brace care. Here are some key practices to include:

Brushing Techniques

  • Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

  • Angle the brush bristles towards the gumline and gently clean around the brackets and wires.

  • Brush each tooth individually, making sure to clean all surfaces thoroughly.

  • Spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth, focusing on all areas of your mouth.

Flossing and Interdental Cleaning

  • Use a floss threader or orthodontic floss to clean between the teeth and around the braces.

  • Gently slide the floss under the wire and between the teeth, moving it up and down to remove plaque and food particles.

  • Consider using interdental brushes or water flossers for additional cleaning in hard-to-reach areas.

Mouthwash and Rinse

  • Rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen your breath.

  • Swish the mouthwash around your mouth for the recommended time, then spit it out.

  • Be sure to choose a mouthwash that is suitable for orthodontic patients.

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Dietary Considerations

Maintaining a braces-friendly diet is important to avoid damage to your braces and maintain good oral health. Here are some considerations:

Foods to Avoid

  • Sticky and chewy foods: Caramels, chewing gum, taffy, and sticky candies can get stuck in your braces and are challenging to clean.

  • Hard and crunchy foods: Nuts, popcorn, ice cubes, and hard candies can potentially break or damage your braces.

Foods to Enjoy

  • Soft foods: Pasta, mashed potatoes, yoghurt, and smoothies are gentle on your braces.

  • Healthy fruits and vegetables: Enjoy soft or cooked fruits and vegetables, such as bananas, applesauce, and steamed carrots.

Regular Orthodontic Check-ups

Regular visits to our orthodontic practice are crucial for monitoring your progress and making necessary adjustments. We will schedule appointments to ensure your treatment is on track and address any concerns you may have.

Protecting Your Braces

Taking precautions to protect your braces can prevent accidents and damage. Consider the following:

Sports and Physical Activities

  • Wear a mouthguard during sports and physical activities to protect your braces and teeth.

  • Choose a mouthguard specifically designed for orthodontic patients.

Habits to Avoid

  • Avoid chewing on hard objects like pens, pencils, and fingernails.

  • Do not bite into foods with your front teeth. Instead, cut them into smaller, manageable pieces.

“I underwent treatment with Dr Sarah Sadek, who in my opinion is the best in the field.  Choosing the right professional who could handle it properly was utterly crucial. I’m delighted to say Sarah was absolutely fantastic – caring, genuine and considerate throughout the whole process.”

“Dr Sadek was brilliant each time I visited and I cannot fault her. She knew the result I wanted to achieve and knew how to engineer my teeth into the right positions.  The process enjoyable and relaxing each visit.”

“I’m so excited with the results of my treatment. My friends were all waiting to see how it turned out and, now that they’ve seen my results, some are even rushing to sign up for similar treatment with Dr Sarah themselves.

I love the look of my teeth and as cheesy as it may sound, I now smile all the time!”


It is recommended to brush your teeth after every meal and snack to remove food particles and maintain oral hygiene.

Yes, you can continue playing musical instruments with braces. It may take some time to adjust, but you’ll get used to it.

Contact our orthodontic office immediately so we can schedule a repair appointment.

Yes, it’s important to be thorough and diligent in cleaning around the braces and using appropriate tools like floss threaders or interdental brushes.

The duration of orthodontic treatment varies for each patient. It can range from several months to a few years, depending on the complexity of your case.