Woman brushing her teeth around the braces.

Braces will straighten your teeth as time passes and they will also give you a better smile and improve your general health. But there are a few obstacles you will face, specifically concerning cleaning, during the time you are wearing your braces.

Usually, your dentist will suggest that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. At present, over 4 million people in the US have braces and if you’re one of them keeping your mouth clean and healthy will likely take a little extra care.

Keep Brushing

Brushing your teeth a minimum of twice a day is crucial to keeping your teeth clean, especially while you have braces. You should:

  • Brush the back of your teeth also. The best way to dislodge buildup and remove plaque is to use circular motions.
  • Even though your braces are attached in the front, you still have to brush your front teeth. Debris, buildup, and plaque should be removed. Using a back and forth movement, gently brush above and beneath the brackets. This allows the bristles to get close to the teeth without getting entwined in the braces.

Those who do not brush regularly might find that the accumulation of debris and plaque can stain the teeth or cause swelling.

Floss With Care

It can certainly be a challenge flossing with braces. A couple of options are available:

  • Your third alternative is to try using a water floss system. Orthodontists and dentists recommend this method highly. Debris and buildup are effectively removed by a thin stream of water that is shot from this electric device. The most apparent downside of this system is the somewhat significant cost investment, but it’s an investment that pays off in the long run.
  • You can also use a dental pick to clean out the area between your teeth. Debris stuck in between the gaps of your teeth will easily be cleared away by using this.
  • You can thread the floss between your teeth over the archwires and brackets of your braces. This may take some practice at first. However, once you get comfortable with the method, flossing like this will rapidly become second nature.

Use a Bit of Mouthwash

Even if you brush properly and floss thoroughly, there might still be parts of your mouth that become hard to get to, in part due to your braces. That’s why orthodontists and dentists will typically recommend that you add mouthwash to your daily brushing routine.

You have many options when purchasing mouth wash. An antibacterial mouthwash is a good choice to improve oral hygiene. Bacteria accumulation in your mouth can be prevented by a vigorous mouthwash rinse.

Take Additional Care

When you have braces, there are a few other measures you can use to keep your teeth clean. Avoiding the foods that are likely to gunk up your braces can help you prevent messes completely. Gargling salt water can help you handle some inflammation or discomfort that braces might cause. And changing out your toothbrush at regular intervals will help better your results.

Clean Teeth Are Important to Productive Braces

Overall, these recommendations don’t deviate all that much from other effective dental hygiene instructions. Brush regularly, floss, and use mouthwash. You can overcome any challenges that cleaning braces may present with good technique.

Keeping your teeth clean while you have braces, however, does take a certain dedication. The better you maintain your oral hygiene, the brighter your smile will radiate when it’s time to take those braces off.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.

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