4 tips for braces care
Having braces is no excuse to slack on dental hygiene! Follow these tips and tricks to keep your teeth and gums healthy during your orthodontic treatment.
- Brush carefully
Don’t let food get trapped in your braces. Use a soft- bristled brush to remove debris from your teeth, brackets and wires. If your current toothbrush isn’t doing the job, consider getting an orthodontic toothbrush. With V-shaped bristles, these toothbrushes are designed to fit around braces.
- Brush in between your brackets
Use an interdental toothbrush to clean the spaces between the metal and your teeth.
- Don’t forget to floss
Flossing every day is especially important when you’ve got braces. Having trouble getting the floss under the wires? Just use a floss threader with regular floss, or buy special stiff-tipped floss made for braces wearers.
- Stay on top of your appointments
Make sure to visit your orthodontist for regular follow-ups. You’ll also want to make appointments with your regular dentist for cleanings and exams. Some dentists will ask your orthodontist to remove the wires before a cleaning, while others will clean around them.
Published: August 2016
The oral health information on this website is intended for educational purposes only. You should always consult a licensed dentist or other qualified health care professional for any questions concerning your oral health.