Clean Braces Lead to a Happier Smile!
So you’ve made the decision to improve your smile, but how on earth are you going to clean your teeth with these metal brackets and wires?! Simply neglecting your oral hygiene is not an option. Keeping your teeth clean during this process is imperative to making sure your experience in braces is a pleasant one, and your smile at the end is a healthy one.
It is not uncommon for irritation from braces to cause mild swelling of the gum tissue. Relieve this and further clean your teeth by using an antibacterial mouthwash containing fluoride. This will help work to eliminate those germs and bacteria that like to settle in among your braces. All it takes is thirty seconds of swishing a day and the risk of swelling and infection is greatly decreased!
Now that you have extra surfaces inside your mouth, you should be cleaning even more often. Braces have tons of nooks and crannies where food and bacteria can hide, wreaking havoc on your oral health. To combat this, brush your teeth after every time you eat. Carry a travel toothbrush when you are out of the house. If you absolutely can’t have a brush with you, swish some water in your mouth. This will help to dislodge anything and make it easier to clean later.
Contrary to popular belief, being rough with your cleaning routine will not be better for your mouth. In fact, vigorous brushing can actually damage your braces and your poor gums that are already under tender. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and don’t press too hard. A slow circular motion is all you need to clean your teeth and braces. As long as you can feel the bristles of the brush below the wires of the braces, you know that you are getting a good clean.
You may be tempted to skip this step now that you have some extra equipment in your mouth, but don’t! Again here, it is important to be gentle. Regular floss may be a challenge, so there are plenty of other products out there made especially for patients with braces! Soft picks, superfloss, proxybrushes, woven dental floss, superfloss or triangular, interdental picks are all options that will aid you in your oral care routine.
If you’ve decided to go forward with braces, our team at Downtown Vancouver Orthodontist will help you customize an oral hygiene routine using those four expert tips. After all, we are here to help you achieve your best smile, and good oral care is an integral part of that journey!
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