Braces are amazing because they can give you the perfect smile that will make you feel more confident. But they do require extra maintenance when it comes to keeping them clean. Get ready to spend a little more time in the bathroom, making sure that all of the tiny spaces within your braces are thoroughly cleaned of food particles that could get trapped in there and lead to damaging plaque and bacteria.
What are the main steps when it comes to maintaining good oral hygiene while you’re wearing braces? Your orthodontist will be able to answer all of your specific questions and provide excellent, personalized guidance, but we’ve outlined some tips below.
Brushing your teeth when you have braces is critical. It’s a major step in removing debris and bacteria that could otherwise fester and lead to serious tooth and gum problems.
Experts recommend taking your standard brushing routine up a notch by brushing after every meal, including snacks, so that you can keep your braces as clean as possible and prevent unsightly stains on the teeth. But if you don’t do that, you should at least stick to brushing a minimum of two times a day, in the morning and before bed. In lieu of additional brushing sessions, you can rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash several times a day, as that can help loosen debris too.
Here are a few special tools that can help make keeping your braces clean a lot easier:
You’ll need to see your orthodontist regularly so that he or she can check your braces and make sure your treatment plan is set to achieve the desired results (having the right insurance, such as dental insurance that covers braces, can make seeing the orthodontist a lot more affordable).
In addition to seeing your orthodontist, don’t forget to make appointments with your dentist, too. A routine checkup will look for symptoms associated with gum disease and cavities so you can rest assured that your at-home oral hygiene routine is working. And a routine cleaning every six months is a fantastic way to remove anything that you missed.
No matter what type of braces, whether it be metal braces or clear plastic braces, it does require some extra steps. While it might be a little challenging at first, once you get into a routine, you’ll start to realize that it doesn’t take much time at all to ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy while the braces do their work.