Keeping Your Braces Clean: 101
CLEANING OUR TEETH WITH BRACES IS a critical task that we should all be doing AT LEAST twice a day. For people with braces, good oral hygiene is extremely important, but it can also be more complicated because of all those extra crevices and places where food particles, bacteria, and plaque can hide. Skipping out on brushing and flossing can result in tooth decay and ugly stains when the braces come off. No worries though! We’re here to give you some tips on keeping things clean while those braces are busy straightening your teeth!
3 Teeth Cleaning Tips
Here are three important things to remember for your oral hygiene routine while your braces are on:
- Brush after every meal. Food gets stuck between brackets very easily, and it’s important to clean it out so that oral bacteria don’t have a chance to enjoy your leftovers. If a normal toothbrush doesn’t do the job, you can use interdental brushes to reach those tight spots. (ask us for a proxy brush if you need one!)
- Floss daily. Flossing is definitely more complicated when you have braces, but don’t let that stop you! You can make the process easier with floss threaders, or you could even use a water flosser. These are more expensive than floss, but they are much easier to use, even for people without braces!
- Avoid too many whitening products. We all want our smiles to be shiny and white, but using whitening products while the braces are on can lead to discolored patches where the brackets were after the braces are removed. There’s no need to do excessive whitening while your braces are on. It’s easiest to wait until after orthodontic treatment.
Check out this video to see how a pro orthodontic patient does it!
You Don’t Have To Do This Alone
If you have any questions about how to keep your braces clean, just ask us any time you come in! We want to make sure you have the smile of your dreams when your braces are removed, and good oral hygiene is just as important as getting those teeth properly aligned. When you get your braces off, if you keep up your good brushing and flossing habits, you’ll be able to enjoy that healthy, straight smile for life! Straight teeth that fit together properly will stay cleaner, naturally, between brushing.
We love seeing your clean, sparkly smile!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.<< Back to News