Looking after your braces
Remember that a healthy oral environment will speed up your orthodontic treatment.
Always follow any instruction regarding wearing of elastics during your treatment. This is essential for the success of your treatment. Failure to wear elastics for the prescribed time each day and/or night may add up to 12 months to your treatment time. It may also lead to an unacceptable treatment result.
If a TAD (temporary anchorage device; ‘gum stud’) has been placed in your mouth, additional care must be taken to keep it clean and plaque free. Written care instructions will be given to you on the day your orthodontist places your TAD/TADs.
Removable braces can be cleaned by brushing with a toothbrush and toothpaste under running water. Please do not put it in the dishwasher! Soaking in a weak solution of Milton will keep it fresh and bacteria free. When it is not in your mouth, keep it in its protective box to prevent damage.