No matter how long your orthodontic treatment is scheduled to take, one thing is certain: It’s crucial that you clean your teeth and braces properly. Braces make brushing difficult, food and plaque find ways to stick onto the brackets and wire in hard to reach places in the mouth.
It’s a good idea to brush after every meal if you’re wearing a brace. After all, who wants to walk around with food stuck on their brace for all to see?
Brushing Teeth With Braces 101
Before you brush, give your mouth a good rinse with water. This will help loosen any food lodged in and around your braces.
Brushing: Make sure you use a good quality toothpaste with fluoride.
Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth, this will clean along the gum line.
Next, place the toothbrush on top of the brackets, angling down to brush on top of each bracket.
Lastly, reposition the toothbrush to brush the bottom of the bracket and the wire, angling the toothbrush up.
Alway take your time and go slowly. Make sure you brush every tooth at the gum line as well as above and below the brackets. That way you brush every tooth and get rid of any food and plaque that might be sticking to your teeth.
Cleaning Between Teeth
It’s not easy to floss between teeth when wearing a brace. A TePe brush is a great way to reach between each tooth.
Use a straight interdental brush between your teeth. Insert the brush gently between your teeth. Don’t force the brush between your teeth; work it in gently or use a smaller sized brush. Move the interdental brush in and out a few times.
Taking care of teeth when wearing braces takes patience. You should also see a hygienist twice a year for regular cleaning and check-ups.