Maintaining Excellent Oral Hygiene When You Have Braces

good oral healthThe reality is that the only way that you are going to prevent tooth decay and gum disease from occurring is if you maintain proper oral hygiene. This is especially the case when you have braces on!

Of course when you first put your braces on, your orthodontist is going to show you exactly what you need to do in order to maintain good oral hygiene and overall health, but the whole point of this post is to help give you a refresher every time you forget.

If after reading this post you’re still not sure about what you need to do or if you have any specific questions then the best thing to do would be to go and talk to your orthodontist personally. They will be able to give you a practical demonstration and clear up any confusion you may have.

1. How To Brush Your Teeth When You Have Braces

brushing teeth with bracesOf course regardless of whether you have braces or not, brushing your teeth is going to be the most important step of maintaining your oral hygiene. Implement the following steps to get the best results…

  • The first step is to brush your outer teeth, but do so slowly and using small circular motions.
  • Try to brush in and around the archwires slowly and gently.
  • Then slowly and gently brush the top sides of your teeth, which you use to actually chew your food.
  • Then brush the inside sections of your teeth.

To get the absolute best results you are going to want to brush your teeth at least three times a day when you’ve got braces on. You’ll also want to brush your teeth every time you eat some sugary snacks!

You can get small inter-proximal dental brushes from your orthodontist which can help you get in and around your brackets and wires with ease. But make sure that you use them carefully to avoid accidentally breaking your braces!

Keep your diet as clean as possible and free from sugary processed foods and cleaning your teeth will literally become a walk in the park!

2. How To Floss With Braces

flossing with bracesWith braces on, you are going to want to floss at least once a day, every single day of your life. Just follow these simple steps to get the job done with ease.

  • Get your hands on a dental floss threader which you can buy from any supermarket or you can even get it from your orthodontist.
  • Take the floss you have and thread it through your teeth behind the archwire.
  • Get the floss between your teeth right down to your gumline.
  • Once you’re done cleaning, take the floss out and thread another piece through the next couple of teeth and keep repeating until you’ve done your whole mouth.

Make sure that you are never rough when you are threading the floss through the archwire as this could lead to unnecessary damage which will only result in your treatment being prolonged!

3. How To Rinse Your Teeth With Braces On

It is highly recommend that after you finish brushing your teeth that you rinse your mouth with some water. But if you have some gum issues then you might want to look into getting some antiseptic rinses from the grocery store.

You will also want to rinse your mouth with water if you happen to drink some sugary soda such as coke or even some fruit juice.

4. Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene With Invisalign

invisalignThe great thing about Invisalign is that you aren’t going to require to give it much special care or attention. But it is going to be in your interest to make sure that you brush and floss your teeth after every time you finish eating something!

The reason you must keep your teeth clean and free from food before putting your Invisalign aligners back into your mouth is because not doing so will result in you keeping the bacteria stuck between your teeth, which will just result in them creating acid and making your mouth stink!

5. Taking Care of Your Retainers

looking after your retainersAfter your braces have been removed and you have been given a pair of retainers it is going to be essential that you take the time to clean your retainers properly. Ideally you will want to brush them after you finish using them.

You must also soak your retainer in some dental cleaning solution, which you can get from your orthodontist or dentist!

This is a nice little demonstration on what you need to do in order to take care of your retainers with ease…