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Top Five Tips to Take Care of Your Newly Straightened Teeth

If you’ve had braces, it’s understandable to want your newly-straightened smile to look perfect for as long as possible. If you’ve just had your braces removed, here are some top tips to keep your teeth in order:

  1. Brush twice a day: dental hygiene is key to keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Brush twice a day for two minutes each time, taking care to cover every individual tooth and to brush gently to protect your enamel. Electric brushes are proven to remove plaque more effectively than manual brushes, and we recommend using fluoride toothpaste.
  2. Wear a retainer: retainers are orthodontic appliances, which are designed for use after braces. The role of the retainer is to hold the teeth in position and reduce the risk of them sliding and relapsing. You can choose from a fixed or a removable retainer, and retainers are generally much more discreet than fixed braces.
  3. See your dentist: it’s really important to keep up to date with regular routine dental checks once you’ve had your braces removed. Seeing a dentist every 6 months will lower the risk of dental health issues, and enable your dentist to keep an eye on any tooth movement.
  4. Watch what you eat: your diet is really important when it comes to oral health. Some foods are much better for you than others, but your eating habits can also have an impact. Try and avoid snacking and eating between meals, and keep an eye on your sugar intake.
  5. Use a straw: if you’ve got a brand new, sparkling, straight smile, it’s wise to use a straw when you drink to avoid staining.

If you need any more advice or useful tips about keeping your smile in pristine condition, don’t hesitate to get in touch!