Braces are no longer a teenage rite of passage. In Ireland, many orthodontists are now treating teenagers and their parents.
Whether you are 13 or 43 and have braces, it’s important to understand the proper steps for braces cleaning.
Read on to learn how to clean braces to keep a healthy smile.
Get a Braces Teeth Cleaning Kit
When you have braces on teeth, whether metal or ceramic, you will need to make sure that you don’t let tartar and plaque build up around your brackets.
There are no special toothbrushes for braces. Just make sure you choose one with soft bristles and the right size for your mouth. Make sure you replace any frayed brushes quickly, at least every three to four months.
Start by Flossing
Now that you have braces, flossing once a day isn’t enough. Food can become easily trapped in between and around your braces. You will need to floss and brush after every meal.
It is normal for some bleeding around your gums when you have braces. Just be gentle and use your threaders to get around the wires. Then move on to brushing.
How to Clean Braces
Many people think that cleaning of teeth and braces means brushing vigorously. But that’s not true. In fact, vigorous brushing can damage your teeth and your braces.
Don’t press hard when you have braces on teeth. Use slow, circular motions and make sure your toothbrush makes contact with the teeth below the wires.
Brush in Quadrants
Imagine that your mouth is divided into four sections: top left, top right, bottom left and bottom right.
Make sure to spend time brushing each section so that you get every spot.
Brush from the outer to inner tooth surfaces with short strokes. Don’t forget to brush your tongue and the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
Use Mouth Rinse
A good mouthwash can help you fight off plaque. It also helps fight bad breath.
Choose an antiseptic mouthwash with chlorhexidine. Avoid brands that have alcohol because that can cause your mouth to become dry and actually lead to bad breath.
The most important tip to remember about how to clean braces is to be diligent. By getting into a good habit, you will avoid problems with your braces and your teeth.
Yes, it takes more time to clean your mouth when you have braces on teeth, but it is important for a healthy smile you will enjoy for a lifetime.
There you have it. A detailed guide on how to clean braces.
Not sure if you need braces? Contact us for an orthodontic consult today.