Braces can be a very effective method of straightening teeth and correcting dental problems. However, it is certainly not a “set it and forget it” method, and patients with braces must take proper care to keep the teeth clean and healthy and stave off long-term issues. If patients are lax in their dental habits, they can wind up with cavities, discolouration, and much worse. Here are tips for keeping your mouth healthy when wearing braces:
Brushing With Braces
Brush your teeth at least three times per day when wearing braces. Start by brushing the outside of your teeth using small circular motions. Then, with the toothbrush angling toward the archwire, brush the area of your teeth between the gums and archwire. With the toothbrush in the same position, brush between the archwire and the chewing surface of the tooth. Continue by brushing the chewing surfaces of your teeth, and then brush the insides of your teeth. To brush the braces themselves, you can use an interproximal brush. Brush the brackets and wires gently so you don’t damage the apparatus.
Rinsing With Braces
You should rinse your mouth with water after every meal, snack, or acidic beverage. This will loosen food particles and prevent harmful bacteria from building up. You may need to upgrade to an antiseptic mouth rinse if you develop periodontal problems. Make sure to visit your dentist regular to monitor this condition and take their recommendations.
Flossing With Braces
Patients with braces should floss daily. Start by threading the floss behind the archwire, and slip the floss between your teeth. Move the floss between your teeth, all the way to the gum line. Remove the floss and repeat between different teeth, with a fresh section of floss. Waxed floss is easier to move between the braces. You may want to use an orthodontic brush or floss threader to simplify the process.
Food to Avoid
One of the unfortunate side effects of traditional braces is that you cannot eat some foods, as they may break or damage the wires and brackets. It is important that you avoid eating caramel, nuts, chewy candy, gum, popcorn, or hard candies. Be careful when eating bagels, chips, corn, apples, carrots, and sugary drinks.
Regular Dental Cleanings
Visit your dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and examination. Your dentist will evaluate whether you are on track with your health, or if there are things you can do better. They will also clean your teeth and mouth to make sure you are extra fresh until your next appointment.
With Invaslign invisible braces, many of these complications are avoided. The aligners can be removed for brushing, eating, or important events. Schedule an appointment or consultation and we’ll discuss which teeth alignment solution is best for you.