5 Necessities for Cleaning Orthodontic Appliances on the Go

Whether you have aligners or braces, it’s really important to keep your teeth and appliances clean throughout the day. Since you can’t always be at home after meals and snacks, it’s a good idea to keep cleaning aids in your locker, backpack, purse or desk so you always have it handy. Here are a few must-haves for cleaning on the go. If you need more suggestions for proper hygiene away from home, just ask our Experts in the Art of Orthodontics!


A Toothbrush

You should always have clean teeth before putting aligners back in as well as any time you eat with braces. Keep a travel sized toothbrush handy along with an interproximal brush, which can reach food between teeth, around brackets, and between the archwire and teeth.


Choose an ADA-approved toothpaste with fluoride to keep your teeth strong during treatment.  It’s a good idea to postpone whitening toothpaste until your braces or attachments are removed so the whitening ingredients can be evenly applied.


Floss is essential for cleaning between teeth, between the archwire and the teeth (if you aren’t using an interproximal brush), and under the gumline. You’ll also need a stash of floss threaders if you have braces or bridges.  We have also found that Platypus Flossers are very easy to use and fit underneath the wire.  They can be purchased online or at our office.


You may think water will always be nearby to rinse your aligners or swish debris out of your brackets, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Keep a water bottle in your office desk or backpack in case you find yourself in a situation where you can’t get to a sink.

A Mirror

When you’re away from home, you’ll want to do a post-brush check to make sure you don’t have embarrassing food stuck in your brackets or between wires. Stick a mirror in your locker, computer bag or purse.  You can also use your phone’s selfie option if a mirror isn’t available.


Clean Teeth Are Essential to Your Orthodontic Success

You are investing in your smile by undergoing orthodontic treatment, and we want to do all we can to ensure you’re thrilled with that investment when you finish treatment at Bankhead. Braces and aligners do not cause decalcification and decay, but plaque build-up is more likely while wearing your appliances if you are not keeping them clean.  It’s essential to follow proper dental hygiene practices. If you need tips, advice, or have any questions about keeping your appliance clean, reach out to our Experts in the Art of Orthodontics. We’re here to provide you with the tools needed for a smile that you’ll be thrilled with for life!


If you or your child needs orthodontic treatment, 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.

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