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Fixed braces and teeth brushing

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Jungfraujoch Sun 11-May-14 21:42:16

DS1 having his train tracks fitted tomorrow.

Those of you whose DS and DD have them do they really take a toothbrush to school with them for after lunch?

Beanymonster Sun 11-May-14 21:48:41

Erm..... No?! I had train tracks for many many years and I never took a toothbrush to school with me.. occasionally I'd stick a pen between the wire to get food out.. maybe a flosser would be more useful, but tbh, I wouldn't worry about it! Just a good scrub when they get home!!

Jungfraujoch Sun 11-May-14 21:51:43

Thanks Beany! That's what he told me his friends do (or rather don't!).

I guess we'll see what the Orthodentist says as well.

Angelto5 Sun 11-May-14 21:55:24

When my ds had his braces fitted abt 15 months ago he used 2 have a tooth brush in his locker @ school & he did use it but I think the novelty wore off since he went frm yr9 to yr 10.

Realistically - no.

Sparklingbrook Sun 11-May-14 21:58:44

DS1 has just had his taken off after 2 years. The routine was clean teeth and use TeePee brushes (and Waterpik, jet blast water thing) in the morning and evening. Plus an extra brush when getting in from school. The Orthodontist recommended 4 times a day but he wouldn't have brushed his teeth at school.

He did have a little make up mirror in his rucksack to begin with to check for stuck food.

Good luck! We are thrilled with the results.

Jungfraujoch Sun 11-May-14 22:13:37

Thanks all. He's very cool about the whole thing apart from not being be able to eat toffees!!

Baguettes are quite tricky I think.

Sparklingbrook Sun 11-May-14 22:24:33

YY OYBBK, no crusty bread, chewy sweets, apples have to be chopped and no fizzy pop.

My DS has fixed top ones, DD has removable.

I bought a baby brush each + they have a sonic battery brush each,
Little brushes (smallest ones)
A water-jet

DD uses a foaming denture cleaner on hers before she stores them.

DS can barely remember to take his carcass to school, I would not trust him to brush there.

TheMightyMing Sun 11-May-14 22:30:35

Deffo no stretchy chewy stuff and all fruit chopped up! My DS had his taken off last month, it only took a year and he has to wear retainers just at night now. His teeth are gorgeous!!! And they were like a bombed street before.

He was v disciplined with his oral hygiene though. I recommend mouthwash as well- after brushing. The orth told us that would help.

Might be a bit sore so some painkillers and also buy some of the wax in case it rubs. Promise they soon get used to it though.

Sparklingbrook Sun 11-May-14 22:32:14

How are the retainers going Mighty? DS1 is on night 4 of 'for the rest of your life'. He isn't enjoying them too much.

TheMightyMing Mon 12-May-14 06:48:54

Not bothered him at all. Full time for first six weeks now just nights. Will have a review next year. They won't provide replacements but if they think it will help I will be more than happy to pay the £150 or so if he needs one (age 15 so face shape still changing).

Sparklingbrook Mon 12-May-14 06:50:36

That's good then. DS1 says they are making him drool and can't wait to get them out in the morning. Just nights though- forever.

TheMightyMing Mon 12-May-14 09:38:35

Ah bless him! My son was a bit drooly and can't talk properly when they are in.

Jungfraujoch Mon 12-May-14 12:07:09

We had the droopy thing with the removable braces he wore for a bit, has just been wearing retainers at night since beginning of year so having fixed will be a bit strange again I'm sure. DH has just gone to pick him up from school to take him- I'm a nervous wreck around dentists so better he does it!!

Sparklingbrook Mon 12-May-14 12:17:25

Is he going back to school after Jung?

Jungfraujoch Mon 12-May-14 14:58:46

Sparkling he's at home, mouth a little sore but has now managed some Hula Hoops!!!

Just got him some of the little Tepe brushes to use so all good.

He's back for checkup and tightening early July then gets a bottom one fixed too in early August.

I actually think they look quite trendy in a weird way!!!

Sparklingbrook Mon 12-May-14 15:02:27

Sounds all good. Did he get to choose a colour? DS1 went through every single one. grin

Jungfraujoch Mon 12-May-14 16:03:02

He says he doesn't want colour- although I don't she offered it today anyway- he said maybe when he gets the bottom one.

Thanks everyone for your hints and tips!!!

Mrsmorton Mon 12-May-14 17:54:26

He cleaning is v important. As well as a mouthwash like Fluoriguard. The fluoride is the charmer. Otherwise you get this odd demineralisation around the brackets which is almost impossible to rectify

Mrsmorton Mon 12-May-14 17:54:56

But you don't automatically grow a dodgy tache. Thankfully.

Dd got red white and blue during the Olympics grin

Jungfraujoch Mon 12-May-14 18:27:29

Thanks for that Mrsmorton - he normally uses Listerine but maybe the Floriguard is a good idea!

Mrsmorton Mon 12-May-14 19:45:00

If he uses a tepe brush, he will become very adept at discretely cleaning amongst the brackets after eating. The plaqu sticks around the brackets and makes the white/brown marks.

His teet will look gorgeous once he's done grin

TheMightyMing Mon 12-May-14 21:38:13

On what a shame as those teeth are lovely and straight sad

My son has the beginning of a dodgy tache- not quite ready to shave yet but not far off smile

When I was growing up- braces were the work of a devil. Now they seem to be cool!!

Just glad we were NHS funded- otherwise it would have been 2k plus.

Glad your son is ok Jung.

Jungfraujoch Mon 09-Jun-14 17:21:32

Oh dear sad

DS1 just been read the riot act over his oral hygiene by the dentist. He's also going to write to the Orthodentist recommending the brace comes off if it doesn't improve because otherwise his teeth will rot!

DS1 has retreated to his room in tears, having also been told off by his Dad who took him to the dentist.

Thinking I'm going to have to go hardcore and completely ban fizzy drinks (he's been allowed the odd glass if we're out). He loves his cakes and biscuits too - any thoughts on the 'best' biscuits for this situation?!!

Angelto5 Mon 09-Jun-14 17:32:09

Your poor dshmm
My son has had train tracks abt 18 months & he likes chocolate chip cookies.
Also does ur ds use mouth wash too?

Jungfraujoch Mon 09-Jun-14 17:49:43

Hi Angel - he likes those too!
He uses Listerine but I think someone mentioned Fluoriguard was a good one?

Angelto5 Tue 10-Jun-14 09:57:34

My ds is not fussy-he has the cheap mouth wash. But he does love his cookies.

Lancelottie Tue 10-Jun-14 10:06:01

Jungfrau, if it's any comfort, DS was equally shoddy about toothbrushing until he started on the fixed braces. Scary lectures during brace-tightening (every few weeks) hammered the message home in a way that parental nagging never had, and he's really started to look after them.

Now has clean, shiny, straight white teeth shame about the one he chipped

Jungfraujoch Tue 10-Jun-14 13:10:07

That's encouraging Lance. I'm just going to keep nagging reminding though for now!

Lancelottie Tue 10-Jun-14 14:28:54

Good luck! DS tried (once and once only) to claim that he would have brushed his teeth better if I'd woken him up earlier. He got a withering look from the dental nurse and a comment of 'How old are you -- five?'

We use cheap Sainsbo's mouthwash but one that has the same fluoride strength as Fluorigard.

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