When you chose to get braces, you took a very big step toward achieving a beautiful (or handsome) smile. To get the most of your investment and make sure you attain the results you’re hoping for, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene throughout your treatment. Here are some things you should know about keeping your teeth clean with braces.
Braces Trap Food and Plaque
Traditional braces with brackets have tiny spaces where food particles and plaque can easily get trapped. If this debris continues to accumulate, it’s likely to cause tooth decay, gum disease, and discoloration that will be visible when your braces are removed. Brushing after every meal can prevent buildup so your mouth stays healthy and your teeth stay nice and bright. If you don’t have immediate access to a toothbrush after you eat, swish your mouth with water to remove some of the particles from between your brackets.
Brushing at an Angle Makes it Easier to Clean Around Braces
When you have braces, you’ll need to hold a toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to thoroughly clean around wires and brackets. Brush from the top of each wire down to the bottom, and work all the way around upper and lower teeth to make sure all plaque and debris is removed. A good brushing should take about two full minutes.
You Should Replace Your Toothbrush More Frequently
Brushing with braces causes extra wear and tear on your toothbrush since the bristles tend to break down faster. We recommend getting a new toothbrush about every three months, or whenever you notice frayed bristles.
Flossing is Important for Keeping Teeth Clean
Although flossing with braces can be tricky, you should still floss at least once a day to maintain healthy teeth and gums. We will provide you with floss threaders and show you how to guide the floss underneath the wires. If you have young children with braces, you’ll need to help them with flossing.
Have Questions About Brushing with Braces? Just Ask!
As experts in the art of orthodontics, Bankhead wants you to achieve the best results possible with your braces. If you have questions or concerns about the type of toothbrush to use or how to brush with braces, call our office any time and we’ll be happy to help!
If you need braces to enjoy these important health benefits, work with the experts at Bankhead Orthodontic Specialists. Serving the St. Louis, MO, Metro area as well as southeastern Illinois via six convenient locations, these trained specialists offer traditional, lingual and clear braces as well as Invisalign® to provide patients with highly customized solutions. Call (636) 978-8848 today to schedule a consultation, and visit the website for more information about braces.