03 Oct

Braces and Oral Hygiene in London

Yes, you have to have braces and it’s not going to be easy for the up to the next couple of years (if that’s how long the treatment lasts). Living in London can be hard enough at the best of times, without the idea of wearing braces thrown into the mix. If you’re one of the lucky ones that have been fitted with a removable aligner, then bully for you, because it simply means that you can take it out and brush your teeth as normal. But if you have had a fixed brace popped into your mouth, oral hygiene suddenly becomes an art-form that has to be mastered quickly. The perils that a fixed brace poses, is that of bad breath, gum disease and plaque and to avoid it, you have to be doubly vigilant. Your dentist will enlighten you on how to clean your teeth once the brace has been fitted, but when you get home, it’s down to you to care for your teeth. There are certain dyes that have been developed to highlight any growth of plaque around the teeth and this is a great aid for anyone that has a fixed brace, but the biggest struggle is to remove any food that might have got caught up in the wires and this can be the greatest danger to your teeth as bacteria will soon start to attack the teeth and gums. Flossing takes on a whole new meaning for those wearing braces- get it right and your teeth will be healthy by removing any residue of food left in the mouth. But one thing to bear in mind is this:- you come through this phase unscathed, you’ll be far stronger from the experience and look far more attractive than the people that have ridiculed you throughout this period.