Once your teeth are straightened by your braces, it will be a lot easier to reach plaque on and in between your teeth. But during your treatment, plaque and food will have additional hiding spots to accumulate and become trapped.
Be prepared to spend three times as long brushing your teeth during your treatment. Don’t worry, it’s worth the time. If you don’t pay attention to oral hygiene while your teeth are being realigned, you increase your risk of gum disease. Plus, it can help your teeth look that much better when it’s finally time to get your braces removed.
Brushing with Braces
Using a soft tooth brush will make brushing a lot easier.
- Get started: Remove elastics, bands, or removable parts of orthodontic appliances.
- Clean your braces: Carefully clean around wires and pins.
- Brush each wire: Move top to bottom, and all the way around upper and lower teeth.
- Brush your teeth: Dental professionals recommend brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice daily. That means each quadrant of your mouth gets 30 seconds.
- Rinse, and then check your teeth: Rinse thoroughly. Examine teeth and braces in the mirror, and remember to look for any remaining food particles.
Plan Regular Checkups
Seeing your Smileland orthodontist for checkups and adjustments is essential. He or she can repair broken pieces, answer general questions, and address any irregularities such as cavities or every meal or snack if you wear braces.