Food particles can accumulate on teeth and in braces, and over time, turn into plaque. The bacteria in the plaque can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and potentially lead to the loss of teeth. The important thing to realise is that this can be completely avoided if you take special care of your braces, teeth and gums. This will ensure you have the best possible aesthetic and healthy treatment result. The best possible smile not only comes from having straight teeth but also having healthy clean looking gums.
Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small strip of fluoride toothpaste.
When you brush your teeth, move the brush in small, circular motions to reach food particles and plaque that may be under your gum line. Hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth, braces and the surface of each tooth. It will take you several minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth. Brush up on the lower teeth, down on the upper teeth and the outside, inside and chewing surface of your front and back teeth. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth before you rinse.
Especially during orthodontic treatment, brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice daily to avoid a possibly harmful accumulation of food particles on your teeth and braces.
The best times for such thorough cleaning are:
You may also brush your teeth to remove food debris after:
You will need to replace your toothbrush more frequently as the appliances will cause the bristles to wear out more rapidly than usual. As soon as the bristles start to wear down or fray, replace your toothbrush with a new one. It may be difficult for your toothbrush to reach some areas under your archwire. You will be supplied with an initial small headed tooth brush to help clean this region. Do not swallow any toothpaste; rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after you finish brushing. It is advisable to take a Fluoride containing mouth rinse during treatment to help protect the enamel on your teeth.
It is important that a patient undergoing orthodontic treatment maintain their regular dental appointments with their dentist who should be visited at least twice a year.