Orthodontic treatment is an investment for your future. Getting the courage to wear braces is the first step, the next is taking care of your teeth and gums.
You need to protect and maintain your teeth from issues like tooth decay and stained enamel during the treatment. It is recommended by most dentist and orthodontists to brush after every meal to keep away food from building up and prevent plaque from forming.
Along with thorough brushing, we also recommend you follow these tips to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible while wearing braces.
Our Top Five Tips for Keeping Your Braces and Teeth Clean:
- Brush Early, Brush Often
As we’ve already mentioned above the need to brush after every meal and snacks, which is the best way to keep your braces clean. Sometimes it’s not possible to have a toothbrush with you all the time so you can rinse your mouth with water immediately after eating or drinking. Even though this doesn’t suffice for brushing but it still removes some food particles or staining elements from your teeth and braces.
- How to Brush with Braces
The best choices of toothbrushes would be soft-bristled or power toothbrushes for brushing your teeth with braces. It’s necessary to clean all around the braces, teeth, wires brackets and gums to ensure you remove all the food particles after a meal. Keep the aim of at least brushing four times a day or after every snack and meal. Rinse with a fluoride-containing mouth rinse. There are also special toothbrushes available in the market for people wearing braces.
- Don’t Forget to Floss
This can be tricky with braces, but it’s essential for the overall health of your teeth and gums. Regular floss is a must, it removes food and plaque from between your teeth and prevents your tooth and gum from decay. Your dentist or orthodontist may recommend a special floss or a threader to help you floss with your braces.
- Always Be Prepared
Pack a pouch of all your teeth cleaning essentials for on the go. A soft-bristled toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash and a small mirror that will make it convenient to keep up with your oral health routine.
- Watch What You Eat
Don’t let braces hold you back from indulging in things you like, however, some foods can be damaging to your tooth enamel and increases the likelihood of cavity development. Food and drinks that are acidic like oranges, soft drinks, and vinegar-based dressings are a few foods can likely damage your enamel. Limit your sugary foods and drinks to prevent tooth decay.
Also, sticky foods like candy, chips, gum, corns and hard bread should be avoided as they are difficult to dislodge from braces.
Get an appointment with your dentist to determine which foods and drinks are best to avoid while wearing braces to prevent stains on your teeth when your braces come off.
We hope these tips help you keep your braces clean and your smile healthy!
Don’t forget to visit your dentist regularly — especially when you have braces. Professional cleanings and exams are extra important during your orthodontic treatment.