Fixed Brace cleaninginstructions Now that you are wearing your fixed brace, it is essential that you maintain a high standard of oral hygiene throughout your treatment. TOOTHBRUSHES & INTERSPACE TOOTHBRUSHES During your orthodontic treatment you must brush your braces and teeth at least a minimum of four times a day - after every meal and morning and night. Use two different types of toothbrush to do this, a regular toothbrush and an interspace toothbrush (small headed brush). the large headed toothbrush.you do this by firmly brushing so that the bristles Use the regular toothbrush firstly to remove all the spread out in-between the wires, brackets and gum margins. Be sure no food food and plaque for 3-5 minutes. Use short, fast and or plaque is left on the braces or teeth as this will cause permanent damage. firm forwards and backwards motions and make sure it is important to remember to take a toothbrush and interspace brush with you brush above and below your brace to clean your you when you go out of your home so that you can always clean your teeth gum lines. Then use the interspace toothbrush (small after every meal. A travel toothbrush and a travel interspace toothbrush will headed brush) to get through all the areas missed by make this easier for you. DISCLOSING TABLETS DENTAL MIRROR To ensure you are Use the dental mirror to familiarise yourself with the different parts of your cleaning your teeth brace and regularly check it so that you are aware if something comes loose well we recommend or breaks.you can also use the dental mirror to check for any food or plaque the use of disclosing that may be stuck behind or around the teeth which was missed when brushing. tablets. The tablets it is also useful for checking for plaque on your back teeth when you use the highlight where plaque disclosing tablets. has developed on FLUORIDE MOUTHWASH the teeth and around the gum line. Using the tablets to show the plaque will allow you to concentrate on Fluoride mouthwash provided in the pack must be used at least once a day, brushing the specific areas to reduce the damaging morning or evening after brushing, or more often if you prefer. plaque build up. FLOSS AND THREADERS HOW TO USE DISCLOSING TABLETS: it is important to regularly floss your teeth to maintain healthy 1. Place a disclosing tablet in your mouth. gum lines, threaders will allow you 2. chew thoroughly with just saliva, spread it all over your treatment. They are flexible soto continue to do this throughout tooth and gum surfaces with your tongue, until that you can thread floss through your mouth has been completely covered with them then move around the wires on the brace allowing you to push the floss disclosing dye. between the teeth to clean as normal. 3. Spit out the saliva. WAX 4. rinse your mouth out with water. To prevent the brace from rubbing 5. Areas of plaque will be stained by the dye and against the inside of your lips and will show you where you are missing and not mouth you may need to apply wax. brushing properly. you do this by pulling off a pea- sized amount of wax, rolling it into 6. Brush your teeth until the dye has been removed, a soft ball and then moulding it then concentrate on those areas the next time around the bracket that is rubbing. The wax becomes the barrier between your you brush. brace and the sore area and stops it rubbing allowing the mouth to heal. Don’t worry if you swallow the wax as it is harmless and be aware that if you have a 7. we recommend you do this once a week. hot drink when wearing wax it will probably melt!
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