While the end result of orthodontic care is a more beautiful smile, you will notice that it is much harder to keep teeth clean while wearing braces. Because food compacts in the brackets and between the teeth, it is important to brush and floss. If plaque remains on the teeth for any length of time, it will leave a permanent white scar on the surface. So brushing after meals should become a regular part of your daily routine.
Use a soft toothbrush with firm pressure and brush at a 45-degree angle to the tooth. Brush in small circles above and below the brackets. Braces are good for your teeth, but hard on your toothbrush. It will wear out faster because of your appliances, so be sure to replace it whenever the bristles start to fray. A water pick can also be very helpful, but cannot remove the sticky plaque that adheres to teeth. And don’t forget to floss…every day! We recommend during active orthodontic treatment that you visit your general dentist every 4 months for a cleaning. This extra cleaning recommendation is part of our commitment to excellent oral hygiene for all our patients.
These tips may help you keep your teeth cleaner and your breath fresher.