You are well on your way to the smile you always wanted now that you have your braces. In order to maintain the braces and your pearly whites, there are some things you need to know about how to appropriately brush them and we are here to help explain just how!
First things first:
Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every meal. Even without braces, food can get stuck in your teeth and plaque can build up. It becomes a little more challenging with braces because there are more small spaces where food particles or plaque can begin to build up.
Here is a tip: Try carrying a portable toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste in your backpack or purse on a daily basis. Forgot it one day? That’s okay, at least swish around some water in your mouth until you can brush later in the day. It will help to dislodge anything that may be stuck in between your braces or your teeth.
It’s also just as important to aim to floss once a day. You can floss at any time, but the best time to do so is in the evening right before brushing your teeth.
How do I floss with braces?
Flossing, in general, can be a little time consuming and a with braces it takes a little more patience and diligence, but practice makes perfect! Did you know there are flossing products just for people with braces? You can easily find these in a pharmacy or online. Here are some items you can use to name a few: Proxabrush, WaterPik®, floss picks, or floss threaders. With one or more of these items, you will be good to go! See which one you like best.
Now to the brushing part:
Brushing with braces is very similar to brushing without braces in that you should still be using a soft bristle toothbrush and you brush the same areas, except more carefully to make sure you get all the nooks and crannies. When brushing each individual tooth, make sure to brush at a 45 degree angle for about 10 seconds. This means your total brushing time will be about two minutes. Make sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth and braces including in between the brackets.
There are consequences to not brushing or flossing correctly and we do not want you to experience them!
We do not want to scare you but we do want to make sure you are aware of why it is SUPER important to maintain good dental hygiene, especially with braces.
Some of the worst-case scenarios include periodontitis (inflammation and infection of the gums), gingivitis (gum disease), decalcification (permanent white spots on your teeth).
Let’s not get there!
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