Oral hygiene is extra important when it comes to orthodontia. Braces do your teeth a lot of good. But ironically, they make your teeth more apt to collect plaque bacteria. As if that weren’t enough, ortho itself makes normal tasks like brushing and flossing a lot harder.
Here are a few ways to keep your braces clean and your teeth healthy.
Use Orthodontic Floss
Orthodontic floss is designed to use without contorting your hands into uncomfortable positions. You can slide the stiff end of the floss in below the wire and floss with the fluffy or thin thread, whatever works best for that space.
If your flossing routine is easier, you’ll be more likely to do on the regular.
You dentist may recommend a fluoride rinse to help strengthen tooth enamel around brackets and wires. If your gums are prone to inflammation, an antibacterial mouth rinse can prevent the buildup of irritating bacteria.
Try a Water Flosser
The powerful spray from a water flosser can get your braces extremely clean while having a therapeutic effect on the gums. These devices come in handy especially when flossing is impossible.
Take a New Angle on Brushing
As you brush, remember to tip your toothbrush bristles at angles to reach all surfaces. You’ll need to do this to access the top and bottom of brackets in addition to tooth chewing surfaces.
You’ll agree that the effort is worth it to keep your smile healthy during orthodontic treatment. The braces will come off sooner the healthier your teeth are, and your smile will look great!
Consult your dentist or orthodontist for more tips on cleaning your braces as thoroughly as possible.
Posted on behalf of:
Broad Street Braces
2010 South Juniper Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
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