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Looking after your teeth

While undergoing orthodontic treatment, maintaining good oral hygiene is even more important than usual as food can easily get trapped in your brace, which can cause plaque to build up. If this sticky deposit is not removed, you could develop gum disease, dental decay or bad breath. Patients who don’t clean their teeth properly can also find their treatment takes longer.

Top tips for good oral hygiene

  • Use a toothbrush with soft bristles as these are most effective at reaching the awkward spaces around brackets and wires.
  • Try using a toothbrush specially designed for brace wearers. These have longer bristles on the edges and shorter ones in the middle.
  • Consider using an electric toothbrush as studies suggest they remove more plaque and bacteria than a manual one.
  • Brush after every meal.
  • Use interdental brushes and single-tuft brushes to ensure you have removed as much plaque and bacteria as possible.
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash to protect and strengthen teeth.
  • Disclosing tablets are a useful way to check you are brushing your teeth properly. These tablets use vegetable dye to highlight leftover plaque or debris in your mouth. This means you can easily spot areas that need attention and quickly remove them with your toothbrush.

When you have orthodontic treatment with us, we will provide you with a starter pack that includes essential items for maintaining good oral hygiene. If you need any replacement products, these can be purchased at the practice.

  • A truly fantastic, care focused team who have transformed my smile and confidence. Dr Davies and the team are outstanding on all levels and I cannot recommend them high enough. If you are looking for a clean, safe and a high performing team to take care of your teeth and deliver exceptional results; look no further. Thank you all!”
    Louise - Patient

  • “I skipped on having braces as a child and took the plunge when I was 28 as this was holding me back with my confidence. At first, I wondered what people would think of a grown man with braces, but I am pleased to say this had no impact at all and I never really noticed that I had them. I thoroughly recommend Colchester Orthodontic Centre to my friends, family and anybody else thinking about having treatment.”
    Warren - Patient

  • “After over 2 years of impeccable TLC from Colchester Orthodontic Centre my daughter is now able to show off the smile she has always deserved! Mr Davies was able to advise us with his wealth of experience as to what was needed, and the result is proof that they clearly know how to look after their client’s needs and ensure the best result at the end of the journey!”
    Paul - Patient

  • My Invisalign experience with Colchester Orthodontic Centre was fab. I was supported the whole way through and given many options and I am now really happy with my teeth. The Invisalign aligners are very comfortable and discreet. I would definitely recommend Invisalign treatment at Colchester Orthodontic Centre.”
    Hollie - Patient

  • “You can make the most of your teeth at any age. Sometimes mature years can make you feel awkward attending the orthodontist, although I have been encouraged and treated with care and attention at every appointment. I try to maintain my teeth as best I can and I have received the very best care you could wish for. I started out feeling reluctant to smile. I am now very happy to smile at any occasion and feel grateful to the wonderful team at Colchester Orthodontic Centre, the whole team treat you with professional care and kindness.”
    Anne - Patient

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