Orthodontic appliances give people better dental alignment. Braces work by slowly moving your teeth into position, a process that can take years. After your braces are removed, glue residue – or dental cement – may remain on your teeth. Usually, the orthodontist will use a dental spatula to remove the glue. However, you can still find small pieces of this substance stuck to your teeth. With some homemade items, you can safely remove the glue at home.
How to Remove Glue From Orthodontic Appliances at Home
Rinse with warm water for 30 seconds. Move the water back and forth inside the mouth. Then spit out the water in the sink.
Fill a small container with 2 teaspoons of yeast. Slowly pour 1/2 teaspoon of 40 volumes hydrogen peroxide into the bowl. Mix the contents. When the hydrogen peroxide comes in contact with the yeast, it will begin to bubble.
Dip your toothbrush into the mixture. Rub the glue with the brush for two or three minutes. The mixture will make the glue residue softer. The hydrogen peroxide and the yeast will not hurt your teeth and help to clear them. However, do not swallow the mixture.
Scrape the softened glue gently from your teeth with the dental spatula. If necessary, repeat the process until all traces of glue are removed.
Rinse with warm water. Move the water back and forth for 30 seconds. Spit out the water in the sink.