Braces might not seem like a lot of fun while you’re wearing them, but the results make it worth the effort!
Why It’s Important
Your braces can do you just as much harm as good if you don’t keep them clean. The bacteria in dental plaque releases acids that cause tooth enamel to demineralize. The plaque that stays trapped around brackets and under wires will eventually create demineralized white “spots” on your teeth.
When the braces come off, you could have a “ring” image of where your brackets were!
Additionally, the plaque buildup can easily irritate gum tissue. The gums can become so inflamed and puffy that they look as if they’re growing over your braces.
Proper brushing to remove dental plaque will keep these problems at bay.
You need to keep in mind that your teeth are not one dimensional. There’s more that needs to be brushed than just the front part that shows in your smile. Plus, braces add a few extra surfaces to work around.
Short and rapid, yet gentle brush strokes are most effective. “Jiggling” the toothbrush bristles is ideal for loosening debris. When cleaning your teeth and braces, you should target the following areas by angling the brush:
Spend at least 2 minutes brushing each time. When you’re in braces, you should ideally brush at least 3 times a day.
Visit your dentist for regular checkups. Your teeth still need examinations, cleanings, and x-rays even during orthodontic treatment. At each visit, your dentist will give you recommendations for keeping your braces and teeth as healthy as possible.
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