Braces are necessary to straighten crooked teeth, but here’s the kicker – they create more places for plaque to build up and get trapped. So while you’re sporting braces on those pearly whites, it’s important to take extra care when brushing and flossing.
Since wearing braces makes it harder to reach the places where plaque accumulates here are some tips on how to brush your braces and teeth effectively:
– Preparation. Take off any removable parts of your appliance: elastics, rubber bands, etc. Remember to always check with your orthodontist first if you aren’t sure what is removable.
– Brush twice a day. While brushing, try not to hit the hard plastic part of your toothbrush to the braces. Moving from top to bottom, all the way around the upper and lower teeth, brush in a circular motion with light pressure. Carefully clean around all the wires and pins.
– Floss once a day. The easiest way to floss is by using self-threading floss, or waxed dental floss along with a floss threader. Thread the floss either over or under the wire and through the teeth. Gently move it up and down between the teeth and underneath the gum.
– Rinse. Rinse your mouth to wash out any debris that has been knocked loose and do a visual check in the mirror to make sure you don’t see anything you missed.
Taking care of your braces will not only save you the time and money of having to schedule appointments for repair, but will also ensure that the teeth underneath are in good shape when the braces are removed.
If you would like more tips on caring for your braces or if you would like to schedule an appointment please contact us at 281.298.0000 or visit our website.