Good oral hygiene is always important, but it’s absolutely vital when you’re wearing braces. Braces provide nooks and crannies for debris and bacteria to hide, and without careful oral hygiene cavities can develop. We recommend that you brush your teeth three times a day and floss them once a day.
Brushing at least three times per day is important for keeping your teeth healthy throughout your orthodontic treatment. To brush your teeth with braces, carefully angle the brush along the gum line, and move in a slow circular motion. Next, place the brush below the braces, angle against them, and repeat the same motion. Using the same circular brushing motion, position your toothbrush directly onto the braces, making sure that they are shiny and clean! Then brush the inside and chewing surface of the teeth. Remember, an electric toothbrush is proven to be more effective that a standard manual toothbrush. Ask us about how to use an electric toothbrush with braces!
Interdental toothbrushes are an invaluable oral hygiene tool when you have braces. These tiny dental brushes allow you to reach hard-to-get spots under and around wires and brackets. Carefully guide the interdental brush around your braces to avoid damage.
Once your braces are removed, you will need to wear a retainer. While your oral hygiene becomes easier without braces, there are still steps you need to take to ensure your teeth and retainer stay healthy.
Brush your retainer every morning when you remove it from your mouth. Retainers are generally worn to bed at night, however we will give you specific instructions to suit your individual needs. We recommend that you give it a light rinse before putting it back into your mouth. To freshen up your retainers, soak them in a glass of water with a denture-cleaning tablet.