adult braces adviceMany of us underwent orthodontic dental treatment while at school to straighten adult teeth as they came through. Whether this was in the form of a removable brace or the fixed ‘train track’ braces, this will have been done under the watchful eye of parents, who will have ensured that our teeth were being cleaned sufficiently our braces were kept in good nick.

Teeth actually continue to move throughout our adult lives, so more and more adults are opting for orthodontic treatment later in life. If, like many others, you have chosen fixed braces as an adult, CK Dental has put together a handy hints and tips list of what you need to know about ensuing a good dental routine while the braces are in place.

Our Adult Braces Advice: 1. Take your time

It is naturally more challenging to clean your teeth with fixed braces in place, so be prepared to take a bit more time and effort with the process.

Our Adult Braces Advice: 2. Use the right tools for the job

It is recommended that you use special toothbrushes that are designed for cleaning around the fixed brace attachments. Your normal toothbrush (whether this is manual or electric) is not designed for squeezing between the fixings. It and may cause damage to the brace, or more likely, gaps where you have not been able to clean sufficiently. Most larger dentists and chemists will sell these special toothbrushes, which come with a smaller head and softer bristles, so they do not damage the glue that adheres the brace to the teeth.

Our Adult Braces Advice: 3. Brush more frequently

It is advised that you brush your teeth after every meal, as fixed braces attract small pieces of food that should be removed as quickly as possible. Although the recommended guidelines for ‘normal’ teeth suggest brushing twice per day is enough, once you have got into the habit of brushing after every meal, keeping this habit going after your braces have been removed is not a bad idea at all.

Our Adult Braces Advice: 4. Use mouthwash (if you’re not already doing so)

Using a mouthwash at least once a day is a sensible addition to your daily routine, as this will ensure that nasty bacteria that forms around your teeth, gums and fixed brace are kept at bay.  Mouthwash is also great at helping to prevent plaque, which can be more of an issue for those of us with a fixed brace.

mouthwash oral hygiene routineMouthwash is a tale of two perspectives, with some people singing its praises and others believing it does more harm than good. So, what really is the truth when it comes to using mouthwash? Is it helping or hindering our oral hygiene? CK Dental shares its point of view on the pros and cons.

Can mouthwash help keep plaque at bay?

Absolutely. That is one of the main benefits of regularly using a mouthwash as it fights bacteria that can cause plaque to develop. Killing these harmful bacteria also helps reduce the risk of gum disease and cavities that are also caused when too much bacteria takes hold in your mouth.

Mouthwash won’t remove plaque though. Once it has developed you need to have it removed by a dentist. The mouthwash routine is then importance for maintaining the look and feel of your teeth once the plaque has been removed.

Fresh breath – an added bonus

There’s no denying that another clear benefit of using mouthwash each day is that it makes your breath minty fresh. It also cools your mouth and leaves it feeling fresh and tingly.

Mouthwash kills bacterial – but should they all be removed?

Most people who err on the side of caution with regards to mouthwash are concerned about just how effective it is at killing bacteria. Some of the bacteria that live inside our mouths are good for us and can help maintain a healthy digestive system. The trouble is, mouthwash can’t discriminate between the good and bad bacteria. If you’re worried that your mouthwash may be too overzealous in its bacteria-killing credentials, then you could consider using a gentle mouthwash that is purely designed to freshen breath, rather than kill bacteria.

Cosmetic mouthwashes will help with fresh, minty breath, while therapeutic mouthwashes will help kill germs. For more information about what to look for when choosing a suitable mouthwash, check out our blog which is designed to help the decision-making process.

Can mouthwash damage your teeth?

Some mouthwash contains alcohol which can have a negative impact on the delicate layer of enamel that coats your teeth. If you are worried at all about this, look for 0% alcohol on the label of your mouthwash. Plenty of these exist so they are not difficult to get hold of.


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