With your braces in place, oral hygiene becomes more important than ever before. This is because appliances are good at giving food particles and bacteria places to hide. Plus, you could end up with stains on your teeth in the shape of your braces, which isn’t the look you are going for. Below is our guide on caring for your teeth while wearing braces.
Brushing While Wearing Braces
You should brush your teeth at least four times a day—after every meal and before bed. You will want to use a soft-bristled brush, hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to the teeth, and use gentle, circular motions so as to not damage the braces. Brush for at least two minutes each time, getting all surfaces of the teeth. In addition to your regular brushing, you can also use an interdental toothbrush to get your teeth even cleaner.
Flossing While Wearing Braces
Braces make flossing more difficult, but doing so is more important than ever before. Flossing should be done at least once a day, preferably before bed, but it can be done more often as well. You will want to use a floss threaded to guide the floss under the archwire. Use up and down motions and be gentle so as to not harm the archwire.
Cleaning Removable Appliances
If you have a removable appliance, you must clean it daily as well. Depending on the type of appliance, this may mean brushing it or just using a special soak. Follow the instructions of the doctor, because some removable appliances can be damaged without the right care.