Keep Brushing And Flossing
Brushing and flossing are extra important when you have your braces. That’s because there are so many places around your braces for food to get stuck and plaque to build up. If you don’t like brushing and flossing, consider this: If your teeth are not kept clean while you wear braces, you could end up with permanent stains on your teeth!
Doing It Right
The Best Way to keep your teeth clean is to brush after every meal or snack, and floss once a day. Always use a soft brush and a fluoride toothpaste. And be sure to brush properly. Follow these tips for effective brushing and flossing:
- Brush the outside of your teeth using a circular motion. Then angle the brush to reach under the wires and between the brackets and gums.
- Brush the backs of your teeth with a back-and-forth motion. Also brush along your top and and bottom gums.
- Brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth and your tongue, too. Then rinse and make sure you haven’t missed any areas.
- When flossing, pull the floss between teeth (a floss threader may help). Work it up and down under your gums. Repeat between every tooth, then rinse.
Using Special Aids
Other Aids can help keep your teeth and appliances super clean:
- An electric toothbrush can make brushing your teeth easier. It may also be more effective than a regular toothbrush.
- A fluoride mouth rinse can help prevent tooth decay. Use it after you brush and floss.
Keeping Appliances Clean
- If you wear removable appliances, take care to keep them clean.
- Take out appliances and brush them whenever you brush your teeth.
If you have a retainer, you can also clean it with a denture cleaner as directed by your orthodontist.