Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene While Wearing Braces
Brushing and flossing your teeth with braces can be cumbersome and frustrating, but it is important to not let that discourage you as good oral hygiene plays a vital role in the outcome of your treatment. When your braces come off, Drs. Homon and Carr want you to have the most beautiful and healthy smile possible – free of stains and decay. Look through some of the tips below on how you can be sure that you are properly taking care of your teeth with braces on.
Brushing With Braces
While wearing braces, it is important to brush your teeth at different angles so that you can be sure to break up any stuck food particles and bacteria. Follow these steps for optimal brushing:
- Begin with the outside of the teeth, with your brush at an angle brush in small circular motions.
- Clean the area between the gums and braces by angling your brush downward toward the lower jaw, and continue to brush in gentle circular motions.
- Angle the brush upward toward your top jaw and continue to clean the rest of the outside teeth.
- Brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth by gently moving the brush back and forth.
- Finish by brushing the backsides of the teeth, and don't forget the roof of your mouth and tongue – as these are places were bacteria like to accumulate.
Floss Around Brackets and Wires with the Help of Floss Threaders
Many people don't floss, but this is an important part of a good dental hygiene routine as floss reaches the tight space between teeth that your toothbrush can't – eliminating the chance for decay and plaque to accumulate. By using a special floss threader you will be able to maneuver around wires and brackets more efficiently. Follow these steps to floss around your braces:
- Floss at least once a day, before bed is a great time.
- Start by pulling a strand of floss through the threader.
- Push the end of the floss threader under the archwire and pull the floss through.
- Pull the floss up between the teeth and gently move it up and down the side of both teeth – remembering to move it up all the way under the gums.
- Pull the floss out and use a different section of it for the next tooth.
- Rinse your mouth with water or an antiseptic mouthwash.
We Are Here to Help
Maintaining good brushing and flossing habits during your orthodontic treatment will ensure that you have great results when it's time for your braces to come off. Don't let all that hard work go to waste and be sure to brush after every meal and floss at least once a day. Contact us at our either our Powell or Delaware, Ohio office today if you have more questions about how you should be caring for your braces. One of our doctors or team members will be happy to assist you. We will also be happy to set up an appointment for you to come in and see us if you have any concerns.