Now that you have decided to put on braces, the next things you need to be aware of are about daily dental care. Braces do an amazing job of creating a beautiful smile but their success requires a lot hard work.
If you are a braces wearer, your doctor must have said that brushing your teeth will no longer be a two-minute process.
It takes longer process than normally when you don’t wear braces. This fact is based on the fact that once you have finished your meal; plaque and food collect on the brackets and in the spaces between your teeth and braces.
Thus, daily oral hygiene is extremely important when it comes to dental care, especially when braces do their work for the next few years in straightening out your teeth misalignment.
By the time the braces come off, your orthodontist will not only find a beautiful straight teeth, but more than that along with healthy and white teeth to match.
However, many patients do not realize the essentials of brushing their teeth when having the braces. They brush their teeth as they always have, ignoring the fact that even the best toothbrush cannot clean thoroughly the plaque and food which collect on the bracket and the spaces between the teeth.
Then what is the best way to brush your teeth with braces? Check out step by step below to keep your daily oral hygiene.
How to Correctly Brush Your Teeth with Braces
For those who need a way to brush their teeth when they wear braces, we have several steps that need to be done.
1. Get the Right Toothbrush
We emphasize the quality of toothbrush before starting out the daily routine of dental care. It is perfectly fine when taking an ordinary toothbrush to brush your teeth with braces.
However, toothbrushes with stiffer bristles are more likely to bend or bush the wire, also breaking off brackets of the teeth, so stay away of this kind of toothbrushes.
Instead, use a soft-bristled toothbrush which is proven to be much safer when brushing your teeth, cleaning bacteria and food debris in the area around the teeth and brackets.
In addition, a soft-bristled toothbrush prevents the gums which are usually slightly irritated due to friction of braces, becoming even getting more irritated.
You may also consider using an electric toothbrush if you have extra money on your pocket, as an electric toothbrush is sometimes made with an angled brush that cleanup up around the wire.
2. Start to Brush without Toothpaste
Yes that’s right, start to brushing out with no toothpaste allows you to see what you’re doing. Foam which comes from toothpaste obscures your bracket and teeth.
Thus, making it difficult for you to observe whether your teeth and brackets are completely clean until the brushing process is done.
Clean the debris around the bracket with a toothbrush, surely no toothpaste involved. Add a little toothpaste, when you realize your teeth are clean.
This method is better at getting all the good benefits provided by toothpaste.
3. Pick instead of Scrub
Remember, brackets on your braces can collect debris, plaque and food scraps. If you see them, avoid scrubbing instead of picking, as the scrubbing action lead to damage the structure of your braces.
Try to pick from the above and underneath with the help of toothbrush bristles.
4. Brush your Teeth Everywhere
When you are wearing a brace, you need to spend at least two minutes or more. Take at least 30 seconds for each part of your mouth and brush the outside part of your teeth with a soft, circular motion.
Due to old habits, some people don’t really brush their teeth thoroughly. They also need to clean the braces by angle the brush downward and upward.
Next, go to the inner side of your teeth (use gentle circular motions), molars and crowns of your teeth. Don’t forget to clean up the gums, cheeks, and the surface of the tongue and the roof of your mouth.
The whole brushing process takes more than two minutes. Remember, braces leave plenty of room for bacteria, acids and plaque from food scraps. Be gentle with your teeth!
5. Floss your Teeth
Flossing helps in cleaning debris and food scraps that gather between your teeth. It may seem like a difficult task when wearing braces, however regular use of flossing is highly recommended for overall oral hygiene. You can use regular floss, Plackers (floss on a stick) or water floss.
6. Use Mouthwash
Some people would take extra time to rinse their mouth off with the help of mouthwash.
It is also very good to clean up your mouth as an additional regimen, as the mouthwash has the ability to remove plaque and food scraps in between the spaces of teeth and braces.
All you need to do is make sure that the mouthwash specifically states that it helps eliminates gingivitis.
Apart from that, replace your toothbrush every three months, avoid eating which is difficult to chew or easily stick to your teeth. Finally, stick to the schedule of brushing your teeth and keep your teeth clean!