CLEANING OUR TEETH IS a critical task that we should all be doing twice a day. For people with braces, good oral hygiene is even more important, but it can also be more complicated because of all those extra crevices and places where food particles, bacteria, and plaque can hide. Slacking off on brushing and flossing can result in tooth decay and unsightly stains when the braces come off. But don’t fret, because we’re here to give you some tips on keeping your teeth clean while those braces are on!
Check out this video to see how a pro orthodontic patient does it!
3 Teeth Cleaning Tips
Here are three important things to remember for your oral hygiene routine while your braces are on:
- Brush around the brackets after every meal. Food gets stuck between brackets very easily, and it’s important to clean it out so that oral bacteria don’t have a chance to enjoy your leftovers. If a normal toothbrush doesn’t do the job, you can use interdental brushes to reach those tight spots.
- Clean in between each tooth with floss or something similar. Flossing is definitely more complicated when you have braces, but don’t let that stop you! You can make the process easier with products like, superfloss, piksters or you could even use a waterjet flosser. These are more expensive than floss, but they are much easier to use, even for people without braces!
- Avoid whitening products. We all want our smiles to be shiny and white, but using whitening products while the braces are on can lead to discoloured patches where the brackets were after the braces are removed. Make sure to only buy toothpaste and mouthwash without whitening chemicals in them until your treatment is over!
You Don’t Have To Do This Alone
If you have any questions about how to keep your braces clean, just ask us the next time you come in! We want to make sure you have the smile of your dreams when your braces are removed, and good oral hygiene is just as important as getting those teeth properly aligned. And when you get your braces off, if you keep up your good brushing and flossing habits, you’ll be able to enjoy that healthy, straight smile for life!
Keep sharing that smile with everyone around you!
Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.