How To Clean Your Braces

Braces aren’t just a cool way to jazz up your smile, they also correct overcrowded and misaligned teeth! Since people who have braces are more prone to gingivitis, tartar, and demineralization, it is important to take care of the teeth underneath, and not just the braces themselves.

Although taking care of your teeth can be a bit of a challenge when you have braces, it is essential for avoiding complications while they’re on and off. It doesn’t matter if your braces are made from the finest gold and diamonds money can buy, the only way to achieve a beautiful, healthy smile when the metal is taken off is through proper dental care.

As if not being able to chew on Skittles and Sour Patch Kids wasn’t torture enough, now you’re faced with cleaning these things! But not to worry, we’ve broken down the basics for daily brushing and flossing just for you:

  1. Prepare your mouth: Remove elastics or any other removable parts of your braces.
  1. Clean your braces: Brush around the wires and pins of your braces by holding your toothbrush at a 45˚ angle going from the top of each wire to the bottom.
  1. Get scrubbing: With your brush still at an 45˚ angle, place your brush on the gum line then move it in a circular motion with gentle pressure for 10 seconds. Use the same brushing action on all tooth surfaces, tilting the brush as needed.
  1. Floss daily: Use a flossing product that is specifically designed for braces like a floss threader.
  2. Rinse then check. After rinsing thoroughly with water or mouth rinse, examine your teeth and braces in the mirror to be sure every nook and cranny has been cleaned thoroughly.

 

While undergoing your orthodontic treatment it is important to continue visiting your general dentist on a regular basis. These checkups not only help spot cavities and signs of gum disease, but your dentist may also provide your teeth with extra protection from decay by preforming fluoride treatments.