How to clean your braces

Once you get your braces, it is important to take care of your braces to keep your teeth healthy and happy. While it does take a certain commitment in terms of time and effort, the results will be more than pleasing.

Orthodontic hardware such as wires, brackets, bands, springs etc. all require diligent care when it comes to cleaning. Each of these are an additional surface for food particles and debris to stick, making your teeth harder to clean. With orthodontics in place, the tiny germs can find a home on your teeth and grow into plaque biofilm. The plaque releases acid as the germs digest the food debris stuck to your teeth, causing chalky white spots on your teeth. Such a scenario can be prevented if you simply clean your braces effectively.

Here’s how.

Brush your teeth

Clean your teeth at least twice a day, if not after every meal. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a compact head, either manual or electric will do. Hold the toothbrush an angle of 45 degrees to the gum line and brush using a back and forth motion towards the top of the teeth. Make sure you brunch your teeth after removing the bands. Pay special attention to the top and bottom surfaces of the brackets to remove plaque and food particles, as well as the brackets.

Floss

Flossing can be a little more of a challenge when you have braces, but it’s an integral aspect of dental health, especially when you have braces. Ensure that the floss goes behind the wires of the braces to root out any lodged food particles and can reach all the crevices between your teeth. A stiffer floss can be easier to use if you have braces. Be gentle and slow so that you do not damage the wires of your braces.

You can also use interdental cleaners that are specifically formulated for use with braces. These give you the stiffness you need in order to tackle stubborn food particles with ease.

Rinse

An anti-bacterial mouth wash will ensure healthy gums. Braces are known to cause slight swelling of the gum tissue; this can be relieved with a mouthwash. It will also further clean your teeth, ensuring sparkling white teeth. Additionally, you can also use a fluoride rinse to keep tooth decay at bay when you have braces. Consult your dentist before you choose a rinse for your teeth.

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