Brushing and Flossing with Braces
Daily oral hygiene is critical to maintaining healthy teeth and gums during orthodontic treatment. You will notice that it requires more effort to keep your teeth clean with orthodontic appliances in place. Food may become trapped around your braces and between your teeth and can only be removed by brushing and flossing. Plaque remaining on the teeth due to poor hygiene may cause swelling of the gums, cavities, and white spots on the tooth surface. All of these problems require additional procedures to correct. Poor brushing habits will catch up with you.
Brushing after meals should become part of your daily oral hygiene to keep your teeth clean with braces. Brush and floss at least twice a day, everyday. It is especially important to brush before going to bed because if you don’t, the bacteria in your mouth will remain there until the morning! Your breath will also be unpleasant.
Use a soft toothbrush, not hard or medium. With mild pressure brush at a 45-degree angle to the tooth; brush in small circles above and below the braces Many people make the mistake of simply polishing their braces without ever actually brushing their teeth! Your toothbrush will wear out more rapidly because of your braces, so be sure to replace it when the bristles start to fray. A mechanical or ultrasonic toothbrush are popular options with many of our patients and can be used effectively without damaging your orthodontic appliances. Flossing is critical for cleaning between the teeth and should be done every day. Many flossing aids have been designed for assistance while flossing with braces. We will review hygiene with you at your regular visits and provide you with tips on taking care of your teeth while in orthodontic treatment.