Oral hygiene is always important- but it’s especially important for people with braces. These metal brackets and wires can hold onto food particles, leaving teeth vulnerable to decay. However, this decay can be prevented with good oral care. If you learn how to care for your braces, then it’s easy to keep them clean. We’ll teach you the correct technique below.
Brush Your Teeth the Right Way
Brushing your teeth is obviously important. However, lots of people brush using poor techniques. While brushing sounds simple enough, doing it correctly will protect your teeth, brackets, and wires. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently clean your braces. Also be sure you are brushing for a full two minutes, at least two times per day. However, you should brush in the morning and after each meal for the best results.
Next Step: Flossing
Brushing is important for your overall oral health. However, flossing is similarly important. This is especially true during orthodontic treatments. Be sure to floss around your brackets and wires to remove all food debris and plaque. Firstly, thread your piece of floss between the horizontal wire that connects your brackets. Next, move the floss in between each tooth and around each bracket. Then, re-thread the floss between the wire and the following tooth and repeat the process. While this might seem time-consuming, you will get used to it in no time.
Using Mouthwashes and Rinses for Braces
Mouthwashes and rinses are an easy way to keep brackets and wires clean. However, you should still be brushing and flossing. Mouthwash and even a simple swish of water can all remove bacteria after you eat. Ask your dentist if they have any mouthwash recommendations for you.
Visiting the Orthodontist for Braces
Of course, you can’t take care of your braces without help. While home care is important, only your orthodontist can check for plaque and make sure you are cleaning correctly. They can also help you deal with discomfort or other issues. To talk to an orthodontist about your braces, call us.