Having braces is no excuse to slack on dental hygiene! Follow these tips and tricks to keep your teeth and gums healthy during your orthodontic treatment.
Don’t let food get trapped in your braces. Use a soft- bristled brush to remove debris from your teeth, brackets, and wires. If your current toothbrush isn’t doing the job, consider getting an orthodontic toothbrush. With V-shaped bristles, these toothbrushes are designed to fit around braces.
Use an interdental toothbrush to clean the spaces between the metal and your teeth.
Floss under the wires of your braces.
Flossing every day is especially important when you’ve got braces. Having trouble getting the floss under the wires? Just use a floss threader with regular floss, or buy special stiff-tipped floss made for braces wearers.
Make sure to visit your orthodontist for regular follow-ups. You’ll also want to make appointments with your regular dentist for cleanings and exams. Some dentists will ask your orthodontist to remove the wires before a cleaning, while others will clean around them.