When you go through any orthodontic treatment no matter what your age, you’re always going to be looking for ways to help keep your teeth and braces clean and healthy but when it comes to mouthwashes what should you use and when should you be using them? Are they a good cleaner or could they cause your braces damage? Let’s take a look.

Types Braces Most Commonly Used Today

The orthodontic market is no different than any other and is growing and adapting all the time. Ten years ago Invisalign in Clapham weren’t really heard of, in fact clear braces at all weren’t really heard but now we have different types and within the types we even have competitive brands and working out which product aligners with which can be tricky to maneuver.

Metal Braces

For most people when they think of braces they think of the traditional wired, train tracked style brace – the ones you’ve probably seen on tv or on cartoons. These braces are commonly used on children and young adults are available for free through the nhs for those that need them.


Invisalign in Clapham has taken over in a big way with more and more people opting for the lifestyle friendly orthodontic option. It’s super discret, comfortable and hygienic but isn’t available on the nhs and as such comes with a price tag. This option is very popular with adults who missed the chance to straighten their teeth as teens and want to get the smile they want in a subtle way as an adult.

Ceramic Braces

These are much like metal braces but are made with ceramics so can be ‘tooth coloured’ which give a more natural looking – one thing to look out for with these are that they can stain very easily when not correctly cared for.

Bacteria and Braces

Whether you have braces or not your mouth contains over seven hundred different bacteria but within those seven hundred there are two that stand out as being super detrimental to your gums and teeth.

Streptococcus Mutans

This type of germ is most happy when starch and sugar are often left behind when we’ve eaten.


If we don’t keep gums in good health through daily cleaning to remove plaque, then these bacteria can easily build up.

Keep Bugs At Bay

Mouthwash can be used alongside a complete oral hygiene routine to assist in the removal of bad bacteria. There are mouthwashes specially designed to help with protection for enamel and gum and there are also mouthwashes to help support complete care and better breath as sometimes people undergoing orthodontic treatment express concerns of bad breath.

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