Braces can make it harder for you to keep your teeth clean, but good dental hygiene is not optional just because you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. In fact, you may need to take even more time cleaning your teeth now than you did before you had braces if you want to reduce the risk of developing dental problems. Our expert in dental braces may review your dental cleaning routine and make suggestions for improving it, if needed.
- Soft-bristle toothbrush
Use a soft-bristle brush to more easily brush around the brackets and wires of your braces. Not only will these brushes be gentler on your teeth and gums, the soft bristles will also be less likely to miss hard-to-reach areas around and behind the braces. Change your brush about every three months or when the bristles show signs of wear. Brush after meals and at bedtime for the best results.
- Fluoride toothpaste
The fluoride in the toothpaste helps to rebuild enamel, which in turn will keep your teeth strong. Make sure you choose a toothpaste in a flavor and texture you enjoy so that you are more willing to use it. Also be sure to brush the appropriate length of time, which is about two minutes at a time. In order to further protect your teeth, use fluoride mouthwash to rinse.
Flossing can be more difficult when you have braces around which to maneuver, but it is even more important when you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Use floss threaders or orthodontic flossing tools to get the job done properly. You need to floss about once a day for the best results.