The better you take care of your teeth while wearing braces, the better your outcome will be.
Certain tools can make it easier for you to keep your braces clean and your teeth healthy during treatment.
The vibrating motion of electric brushes frees plaque from hard-to-reach places. This makes it easier for you to angle the brush head in different directions around your brackets for a thorough cleaning.
Additionally, many powered toothbrushes come with small brush heads designed specifically for orthodontic appliances.
Water flossers send a powerful stream of water that you can direct between teeth, around wires, and along the gum line. “Flossing” with water is a good idea if you find it challenging to use regular floss.
You can get some extra therapeutic benefits from a water flosser, as well. Some devices let you irrigate your teeth and gums with a mixture of water and mouthrinse.
For those times when you don’t have access to your powered hygiene tools, it’s good to keep interdental cleaners on hand. An interdental cleaner is a small plastic appliance you can poke underneath the archwire to remove plaque from between teeth. It looks like a small pipe cleaner on the end of a handle.
An orthodontic flosser is an inexpensive and disposable tool. One end of the flosser slips underneath the wire, taking a short length of flossing tape along with it so that you can clean your teeth without having to loop the floss around your wires.
Visit your dentist or orthodontist to find out which hygiene tools and tips are right for you.
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