Keeping Teeth Clean with Dental Braces
Orthodontics is the specialty of aligning the teeth and bite using various appliances such as retainers, braces and trays such as Invisalign. When teeth are misaligned, they are more susceptible to cavities, gum disease and wear. Teeth in proper alignment promote good oral health. Orthodontic treatment is an option at almost any point in life, and a treatment plan will be discussed in depth before beginning. Your dentist/orthodontist will give you recommendations based on your individual needs. Here are some helpful tips to keep your teeth as clean as possible with dental braces.
Brushing teeth with braces on is an essential factor in keeping teeth and gums clean. Generally, an electric toothbrush will be recommended. Electric toothbrushes simulate the motion of brushing more thoroughly that a person can do with their hand. Electric toothbrushes also do a better job getting around brackets and underneath wires. A smaller toothbrush head is recommended to get easily to the back teeth. Most electric toothbrush heads are smaller than manual toothbrush heads. Talk with your dentist/ orthodontist about which brand will work best for you.
Flossing is essential, especially with braces on. Flossing will clean the in-between surfaces of the teeth as well as underneath the wire that a toothbrush might struggle to clean. A water flosser is a tool that sprays water in a jet form and is used to go in between the teeth to flush out plaque and bacteria. Other floss aids that can be used are floss threaders or super floss, which both have a hard end to get the floss between the teeth underneath the wire.
Fluoride is an essential component of an at-home oral hygiene regimen. Due to plaque traps and plaque accumulation, sometimes cavities are more susceptible. Using a fluoridated toothpaste and rinsing with a fluoridated mouth rinse daily will reduce the susceptibility of cavities.
More frequent Dental Cleanings
With braces on, there are just certain nooks and crannies that are difficult to access, even with proper at-home brushing and flossing. More frequent dental cleanings are recommended to access those problem areas and monitor gum and tooth health. At each cleaning, your dental hygienist can give you updated recommendations and discuss your current oral health.
If you have any questions about keeping your teeth as clean as possible with braces on or believe you will benefit from more frequent dental cleanings, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.