Proper oral hygiene is easier than you think and the end results are incredible. Braces and Invisalign paired with proper oral care can leave you with a stunning smile that will last a lifetime. Aligned teeth make it much easier to clean and floss which results in less plaque build up between the teeth, reducing the chances of food and bacteria building up in the pockets between your gums. Perhaps, most importantly, proper alignments will help your mouth sit naturally which can reduce the chances of damaging your teeth from painful TMD, chipping, and wear over time.
Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, begin by brushing in the upper right side of your mouth. To help clean in between the braces, use small, circular motions with your brushes, instead of moving it up and down. Be sure to brush above and below the brace line. Brush the backsides of your teeth as well as your gums and biting surfaces. Take your time as you slowly work your way through your top teeth.
When brushing your lower teeth, start on one side and work your way over. Begin by brushing the outside of you teeth using the same circular motions you used for your top teeth, making sure to brush above and below the brace line. Continue brushing until the front and backsides of your teeth are cleaned.
Insert the floss behind the archwire that connects your braces. Once in place, use the floss to clean your gums and teeth. Repeat this step in between each bracket until each tooth has been gently flossed. A tool such as a flossing needle can help make this step much easier.
Following these steps will help make sure your teeth are evenly cleaned when it comes time to take off the braces. Poorly maintained teeth will leave discolored spots where the braces were placed that will take extra time and energy to rectify. It may seem like a lot of work, but keeping your teeth clean now will pay off in the long run.
Additional Cleaning Tools
Interdental brushes can easily get in between your teeth and the brace wires. Stick the brush under the wire and gently brush along the wire and around the tooth. Once finished, rinse the brush and continue on to the next tooth. Be sure not to add too much force around the brackets and wire.
Fluoride mouthwash is another tool to keeping your teeth white. Follow the instructions on the mouthwash bottle to help fight cavities and coloring on your teeth.
Cleaning a Retainer and Other Removable Devices
You should incorporate any removable accessories into your daily cleaning routine. Retainers and removable pieces should be brushed and rinsed daily to avoid food and grime buildup. Properly maintained pieces will leave your mouth feeling fresher when you are using them. If you have any questions regarding proper maintenance give us a call or ask at your next appointment.