It's more important than ever to clean your teeth and gums with braces on. Plaque is soft, sticky, light colored clusters of bacteria build-up if teeth haven't been brushed for more than a few hours. If plaque doesn't get brushed off at least twice a day, it can harden and cause permanent stains, cavities, and may cause gum disease.
To ensure no plaque stays on your teeth, it's essential to:
- Brush in circular motions with the bristles facing your teeth and brush the tooth, brackets, and gums with a soft bristled toothbrush.
- Brush with the bristles pointing DOWN and pushing plaque and food out from underneath the wire.
- Pointing the bristles UP and cleaning the underside of the brackets and your tooth.
- Brush the inside of all of your teeth. Brush every single surface of your teeth!
- Floss between the teeth and under the gums.
The objective of orthodontic treatment is straightening of the teeth and correcting the bite. If the health of the teeth is ignored along the way, the treatment result can be significantly compromised. Therefore, effective brushing and flossing is one of the most critical actions needed from patients during braces. Regular visits to the general dentist for examination and cleaning are also essential.