Brushing your teeth with braces is incredibly important for many reasons, but it certainly has its challenges. Having brackets and wires on your teeth creates many areas for plaque and bacteria to hide and build up. It’s the orthodontists’ job to make your teeth straighter and your job to keep them clean and healthy.
The last thing you want to find when you take your braces off is a beautiful straight smile with permanent damage from not brushing properly while you had braces on. Not adequately removing plaque from your teeth can cause permanent stains, cavities, bad breath and gum disease. Don’t let this happen!
Brushing with braces is not much different from when you brushed without them.
Here are a few tips for brushing your teeth with braces
- Always brush your teeth at least twice a day. Try to brush after every meal and before bed. Get as much hidden food out from in between your brackets as you possibly can. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
- Use the tools the orthodontist gives you. The orthodontic team will give you several tips, tricks, and supplies to use in order to make brushing and flossing easier while you wear braces. Don’t forget to take advantage of our expertise in this area. It’s what we do!
- Bring along a travel toothbrush wherever you go, so there’s no excuse not to brush – even at school.
- Replace your toothbrush every three months. This will guarantee that the bristles are still in good shape for proper cleaning.
- Flossing is even more important than ever. It’s not as easy to brush your teeth as it used to be, but it’s just as important – if not more. Use helpful tools to get in between your teeth and floss at least once a day.
- Avoid teeth whitening treatments while wearing braces. The color of your teeth underneath the brackets should remain the same during the time you have them on. Using teeth whitening products could make your tooth color uneven. Just wait until your braces are off and ask for recommendations to have you on your way to a whiter smile.
- When brushing is not an option, use a fluoride-based mouthwash. Bring a small travel sized bottle with you just in case. Having what you need readily available in your backpack, car, or purse is the key to success.
If you are a current patient and need tips for cleaning your teeth while wearing braces, we are here to help. Feel free to call us or chat with Dr. Tom during your next appointment.
If you are looking for future help with orthodontic care, our experienced orthodontist, Dr. Tom Huerter, and the incredible team at Huerter Orthodontics would love to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. There are many options for children and adults. Give us a call to schedule your free consultation today.
Call Huerter Orthodontics at (402) 397-4226.