Teeth straightening and oral health go hand in hand. When the braces go on, teeth cleaning becomes more important than ever. Food and drinks can linger around your appliances. Without properly cleaning every nook and cranny, the risk for plaque buildup, gingivitis, and even stained teeth increases.
Thankfully, to keep your pearly whites white when your braces come off, all you have to do is keep cleaning your teeth.
Brushing with Braces
At Glass Orthodontics, we know that getting braces is a pretty big deal! It may take a few days to get used to your new appliances and brushing with braces. To effectively clean your teeth, follow these guidelines.
Brush after every meal and again before bed.
Although you may think it’s impossible to brush that often, it only takes a few days to become a habit. After you eat, make it part of your routine to head to the bathroom and scrub any food particles off. You’ll also want to brush again just before bed to ensure you go to sleep with clean teeth. To make on-the-go brushing easier, we recommend carrying a travel toothbrush and toothpaste.
Use a proxy brush and super-flossers.
A proxy brush can help you more easily clean areas in and around your brackets and wires. Super-flossers are also a great way to get rid of food that gets stuck between your braces and your teeth. If you know that you’re prone to heavy plaque buildup, you may also want to try an Airflosser or WaterPik.
Rinse with fluoride.
Rinse with a fluoride mouth wash each night before bed for a minute. Fluoride mouth washes help your tooth enamel stay strong and rinse away any leftover food and plaque you removed while brushing and flossing.
Continue your dental checkups.
No matter what, continue to schedule your regular dental cleanings every six months. In some cases, your dentist may want to see you more often throughout the year while you’re in orthodontic treatment. Talk to your dentist about recommended checkups.
If you still have questions about brushing with braces, contact our office. We’re always happy to help!