Dental Hygiene for Braces
Good dental hygiene is exceptionally critical with any alignment treatment. For braces, you will need to pay extra special attention when you take care of your teeth each day.
You understand the importance of brushing and flossing properly when you are wearing braces, but what’s the best way to go about it? It begins with basic brushing devices. Choose either a soft bristle brush or a bi-level brush. Electric brushes should be used with caution. Keep the brush to a low to moderate level and don’t allow the back of the vibrating brush to come in contact with the braces.
Use fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day. Make sure to brush every single surface on every individual tooth. Rotate your brush to ensure you clear every nook and cranny of debris.
Even if you brush thoroughly and floss daily, debris can still get stuck in your teeth and your braces. There are tools that can help. One such tool is an interdental toothbrush, or proxabrush. These small brushes feature thick bristle brushes that act like a pipe cleaner. They’ll push out harmful substances.
Flossing daily is essential to good dental hygiene. But how do you slip floss around the wires on your braces? Floss threaders are the solution. Using this device is like threading a needle. You just need to pull one end of floss through the threader, and then push the threader under the wire. Next, hold the floss on each end and slide it up and down the sides of both teeth, and all the way under the gums until you hear a squeaky sound. Finally, pull it out and use a new section of floss for the next area. You can grab floss threaders from your Allen orthodontist, Dr. Kraus, next time you’re in the office!
If you have any questions about maintaining good oral hygiene while wearing braces, just give us a call in Allen, TX. 469-619-9959