Caring for Different Types of Braces

Metal braces or Invisalign aligners are used to straighten teeth. Both are effective, and with each you must take care to keep teeth and gums clean.

Key takeaways:

  • Metal braces are affixed to teeth during treatment, so use a flossing aid or water flosser to help clean between the wires.
  • Consider using an electric toothbrush if you wear metal braces because this makes cleaning teeth much easier.
  • Invisalign aligners can be removed so you can brush your teeth and the aligner thoroughly, too.

Talk to your dentist if you would like to know more about using Invisalign or traditional braces.

“Unlike metal braces, Invisalign aligners need to be changed every few weeks…”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.