When you’re rocking braces, it requires a little extra effort to keep your teeth clean. You’ll want to stay at the top of your oral hygiene game to ensure that when your braces come off, your new smile is healthy. To keep tooth decay, gum disease and stains at bay, floss once a day, brush in the morning, at bedtime and after every meal, use a cavity-fighting mouthwash and continue with regular visits to your dentist.
Brushing While Wearing Braces
To brush with braces, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste and go to town for at least two minutes. Use small, circular motions to brush along the gum line. Be sure to address all of the surfaces of the teeth and angle the toothbrush to get between the brackets and wires. Finish off by brushing the roof of your mouth and your tongue. If you’re out and about and don’t have your toothbrush on hand, rinse really well with water after eating and then brush as soon as you get home.
The brackets will do a number on your toothbrush so you may need to replace it more frequently than every three months, which is the standard recommendation. Whenever you notice signs of fraying or wear, treat yourself to a new one.
Flossing While Wearing Braces
Your toothbrush can’t reach every nook and cranny, which is why flossing daily, preferably at night, is essential for banishing plaque and food debris. Thread waxed dental floss through a floss threader. Then, pass the floss under the wire and in between a set of teeth. Slide it up and down on each side of the tooth up to the gum line. Continue on, getting between each pair of teeth and behind your back molars.