After making the decision to straighten your teeth, it is important to care for your teeth and braces. The brackets, wires, and other parts of your braces will attract food and plaque. If not cleaned properly, this can stain or damage the teeth. Dr. Burris and Dr. Fiegle recommend that you brush your teeth morning, night, and after every meal. It is also recommended that you floss your teeth at least once every day. Follow the instructions below to learn how to brush and floss while wearing braces.
Brushing Your Teeth and Braces
Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush using a gentle, circular motion. Brush down from the top of the teeth and then up from the bottom. Tilt your toothbrush 45 degrees to brush the tops and bottoms of your brackets. Take special care when brushing the teeth between the bracket and the gums, as this area is often missed. Brush the chewing surface of all teeth. Also be sure to brush the back side of the teeth. Take special care to brush all surfaces of the back teeth. Then brush between your brackets using a proxabrush, which is shaped like a miniature Christmas tree. Insert the brush between the arch wire and the teeth and brush with upward and downward strokes. Repeat until you have cleaned between all of your brackets.
Flossing with Braces
Thread the short end of the floss between your teeth and the arch wire to floss your teeth. A floss threader can make this easier. Then gently move the floss back and forth to work it between the teeth. Curve the floss under the gums using a C-shaped motion. Move the floss up and down to remove plaque. Repeat until the sides of every tooth have been cleaned of plaque and food particles.
Cleaning your teeth may take a lot of time at first, but with practice, your oral hygiene routine will go faster. Our orthodontists may also recommend using a fluoride mouthwash to clean hard to reach areas. We welcome you to contact Winning Orthodontic Smiles today to learn more about braces in Beaufort and Bluffton, South Carolina, and to schedule your next visit.