|Wearing braces requires patience and discipline. Often, the result of treatment can be more than just a healthy smile, as your orthodontist is also preventing bigger problems from developing later.Proper oral care at home is important because it will help keep your treatment time on course and might even help reduce it. Furthermore, it will contribute to the long-term health of your teeth and gums.And your reward? A lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles! Just follow these tips:1. Extra time is needed to clean and brush your teeth properly.|
This is important as braces can act as a “plaque trap,” increasing the amount of plaque in your mouth, which in turn can lead to an increased risk of cavities and gum disease. Good oral hygiene will prevent dental caries appearing whilst wearing braces.
|How do I clean all areas of my mouth while wearing braces?At first, doing a good job removing plaque from your teeth and along the gum line may seem difficult with braces. But keep at it: with a bit of practice, it will get easier! Following these tips can also help:|
Flossing removes the plaque between your teeth and under your gum line-areas beyond the reach of your toothbrush. In fact, if you don’t floss, you’re leaving up to 40% of your tooth surfaces untouched and uncleaned.
Choose a “threading floss” with a stiffened end that threads it through the gap between each tooth – above the wire for your upper teeth and below the wire for your lower teeth.
Curve the floss around each tooth in a “C” shape and gently move it up and down the side of each tooth, including under the gum line. Unroll a new section of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.
Cleaning a removable appliance
After you take the appliance out of your mouth, brush and clean between your teeth in the normal way. Then, using your toothbrush and toothpaste, clean your appliance, rinsing thoroughly with water afterwards.
Also, make sure that you gently brush the gum areas that are covered by your appliance. This includes the roof of your mouth if you wear the appliance on your top teeth.
This is necessary as careless eating may break wires or loosen brackets, which in repairing will prolong your treatment.
N.B. Keep any bracket which has loosened and bring with you to your next appointment.
Your daily routine will also be affected by:
Orthodontic toothbrushes have bristles trimmed in a ‘V’ shape for cleaning above and below the brackets and wire.