Brushing with braces can be difficult and a bit tricky at times, but we are happy to help you properly and easily clean your teeth, even though you have a metal-filled smile.
Before you brush your teeth, rinse your mouth with water. Rinsing will loosen any food or debris that are stuck between your brackets and wires. Then, get ready to brush. It’s best to brush with an ADA-approved soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. As you brush, start at the gumline and gently brush the section of the tooth that is above the bracket and below the gumline. Once you are finished cleaning the top of your tooth, clean the bottom section of the tooth that lies under the bracket. As you brush, make sure you do so gently and effectively. It’s important that you deeply clean your teeth to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
In addition to brushing, you need to remember to floss. Flossing is a crucial step in keeping a strong and healthy smile. To make flossing easier, you can use a floss threader, which should be provided by your orthodontist when you first get braces. This tool will help you easily thread the floss underneath the wire. Once the floss is threaded through, push the floss between your teeth and scrape each side, cleaning the food debris and plaque from your smile.
If you have any questions or if you would like more oral hygiene tips, call our office today and talk to a member of our team. We care about you and your smile, and we look forward to helping you in any way we can!