Braces are a serious investment of your time and financial resources. For this reason, it is essential that you keep brackets and wires clean and free of food debris, plaque, and acid build-up.
Continue reading to learn five helpful strategies for protecting your braces and maintaining good oral health on your way to a straighter smile.
5 Tips for Protecting Your Braces
1. Use the Right Toothbrush
When it comes to protecting your braces, you’ll need to proper equipment.
This includes a toothbrush with soft bristles and a compact head, floss/interdental cleaners, oral irrigation system, fluoride toothpaste, and fluoride mouthwash.
2. Brush Correctly
In order to remove food particles and bacteria from hardware, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, brushing back and forth and then sweeping toward the biting surface of teeth.
3. Clean Teeth and Hardware Thoroughly
Food debris can get trapped under and around metal brackets. As such, you should thoroughly brush the top and bottom of brackets as well as the front of the brackets and wires.
4. Floss with a Threader or an Oral Irrigation System
A threader allows you the effectively floss between teeth and eliminate buildup beneath wires.
You may also wish to invest in an at-home oral irrigation system, which delivers a flow of water to flush out food, bacteria, plaque biofilm, and acids from teeth and hardware.
5. Include Fluoride in Your Oral Hygiene Regimen
Fluoride plays an important role in protecting your braces and teeth.
In toothpaste, it helps strengthen areas of exposed root surface, and in mouthwash, it kills germs and decreases bacteria in the mouth.
Learn More About Protecting Your Braces
For additional information about keeping your braces clean and teeth healthy, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly skilled and talented dental providers.