8 Tips for Braces From Your Orthodontist in Melbourne

Whether you’re new to braces or the routine has become familiar, you are probably still looking for more tips and tricks to keep your braces clean and make your treatment easier. At Melbourne Orthodontics, we do our best to share our knowledge with all of our patients so that your orthodontic treatment will be a breeze!

Here are eight tips that we’ve collected to help make your journey to a straight smile even easier.

  1. Don’t skip flossing. Use specially made flossers (available at your local drug store) to make quick work of getting debris out from under and around your brackets and wires.

  2. Brush well and brush often. It sounds basic, but a regular routine of brushing is the best way to keep your braces clean. You’ll also likely want to pack a travel toothbrush for quick brush-ups on the go!

  3. Use a mouthwash to boost your regular oral care routine. Mouth rinses can strengthen your tooth enamel, wash away any lingering particles or debris, and provide a fresh feeling that lasts!

  4. Don’t be tempted by chewy, crunchy, or sticky snacks. They’re not worth the hassle of broken wires or loose brackets. Plus, you may be stuck with some unsightly food particles in your teeth if you eat the wrong kind of snacks.

  5. Drink plenty of water, and avoid sugar-filled beverages. Sodas, energy drinks, and even some sports drinks pack a ton of sugar that can lead to more plaque build-up and cause decay.

  6. The discomfort from initially having braces can be relieved with a simple salt rinse. Dissolve one teaspoon of salt into 8 ounces of warm water and swish it in your mouth, then discard.

  7. Wax is your friend. Applying dental wax to particularly sore spots in your mouth can provide much-needed relief as your mouth adapts to your orthodontic equipment.

  8. Use a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your smile from injury during sports activities.

By applying these eight tips, you’ll have an easier pathway to a straight smile! If you ever have questions or concerns about your orthodontic treatment, then feel free to call your Melbourne orthodontist.