The decision to get braces to realign the teeth isn’t one that most people take lightly. It requires a commitment of time, finances, and good oral hygiene practices to achieve the best possible results. Because brackets cover the teeth for the duration of treatment, it’s essential that you brush and floss several times per day. This is the best way to ensure that oral health remains strong while wearing braces.
Best Practices for Brushing and Flossing During Orthodontic Treatment
• Take out any rubber bands or removable appliances prior to brushing your teeth.
• Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to clean around the pins and wires of your braces. You should move your toothbrush from the top of each wire to the bottom several times to make sure that you loosen all plaque and food particles in the mouth.
• Keeping your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, brush each tooth individually for approximately 10 seconds. You should use a circular motion while applying gentle pressure to each tooth. Additionally, make sure you brush both the inner and outer surface of each tooth. You may need to tilt your toothbrush at slightly increased angle to reach the inner layer of your front teeth.
• Purchase dental floss made specifically for orthodontic treatment and floss with it every morning and evening after brushing your teeth.
• Rinse with water and then use mouthwash to keep your breath fresh and your teeth, tongue, and gums as clean as possible. Next,look in the mirror to make sure that no plaque or food particles remain. Your teeth should feel clean and appear to sparkle.
Don’t Hesitate to Ask for Help
Instructing patients on good oral hygiene practices while wearing braces is part of our overall service to you. If you’re struggling at any time, feel free to call All Star Dental for advice or schedule an appointment for additional personal instruction.