Wearing braces can provide you a beautiful smile, however dental hygiene is a very important part of the process. Since it can be a challenge to clean your teeth correctly and thoroughly while wearing braces, using the correct tools to clean your teeth can help to make brushing and flossing with braces easier and more effective.
You can purchase special types of electronic or manual toothbrushes designed for use with braces. Some models of electronic toothbrushes may have special heads for braces. The toothbrush you use should have extra soft bristles and be compact or smaller to reach the back teeth. Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle and brush each tooth individually for about 10 seconds. Brush the cheek side and the tongue side of teeth as well as the chewing surfaces. The important thing is to brush frequently, thoroughly and gently. It is best to brush your teeth after each meal so as to prevent cavities and gum disease during braces. The orthodontist and/or orthodontic assistants will demonstrate and teach you how to brush easily with braces to maintain excellent oral hygiene during braces.
Flossing with braces is important to clean in between the surface of your teeth and the wires. You can use special orthodontic floss and a water flosser to give an ideal result with a clean and healthy mouth. It is best to floss your teeth after each meal so as to prevent cavities and gum disease during braces. The orthodontist and/or orthodontic assistants will demonstrate and teach you how to floss easily around
Toothpaste and mouth rinses that contain fluoride help to strengthen teeth and prevent decay. Poor brushing while in treatment with braces can cause bad breath, gum disease, cavities and white spots on the teeth, which are actually areas of tooth decay. Frequent, thorough
brushing and flossing and fluoride treatments can help to prevent this from happening by strengthening tooth enamel. Again, it is best to brush and floss your teeth after each meal to remove bacteria and food particles. In addition to daily brushing and flossing during braces, an individual should receive a dental cleaning every 3-4 months by a licensed dentist or dental hygienist to ensure that proper oral hygiene is being maintained.
While you are wearing braces, your teeth are moving into alignment so they will look great and ultimately be positioned for easier brushing and flossing than they were before orthodontic treatment. A little extra effort to keep them clean and healthy during braces treatment can ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and a great smile.
At Lansdowne Orthodontics, we take oral hygiene very seriously as we evaluate and review each patient’s oral hygiene at each patient visit and help each patient make the appropriate adjustments to achieve a beautiful face one smile at a time.