While wearing your braces, it is essential to put some extra effort in keeping your mouth clean and free from plague to prevent tooth decay. Having braces presents few major challenges when it comes to oral hygiene.
Goal is that once your braces are removed at the end of the treatment, you should have a beautiful white smile with no cavities or staining on teeth!
Here are six different ways to help you keep your teeth healthy and dodge cavities while wearing braces or Invisalign
Brush After Every Meal
Whenever you eat something, braces trap the food on your teeth, it’s essential to brush after every supper. Longer the food sits on your teeth, higher are the chances that you may get tooth decay. While cleaning your mouth, spend around ten seconds on every tooth before moving to the next one. Press your toothbrush delicately with the goal that the bristles spread into the holes between your braces and your teeth. Brush in and around the entirety of the brackets and wires. We recommend utilizing a soft orthodontic toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste.
Use Special Cleaning Tools
An interdental toothbrush is exceptionally useful for cleaning orthodontic props and we suggest utilizing one, alongside your regular toothbrush. You may need to consider using a WaterPik for cleaning around your braces. For flossing, you’ll have to utilize special floss threaders to clean in the middle of teeth.
Use A Fluoride Mouth Rinse After Brushing
Right after you’ve done brushing and flossing, it is still likely that some food particles are left on your teeth. Rinsing with a fluoride mouth rinse will help a long way in getting rid of leftover particles. In case you’re in a rare situation where you can’t utilize a mouth rinse, you may rinse with warm water.
While you are in the orthodontic phase, try to avoid those food items that are awful for your teeth with braces. Once your braces are taken off you can eat all the food items that you like.
Dentists will give you the full list of foods you can or cannot eat when you start your treatment, however, what definitely has to be avoided: soft drinks; sports and fruit drinks; sticky foods like caramel, toffees or gums; and hard foods like sweets, nuts, apples, or carrots.
Truly, you can and you should floss with braces. The floss threaders you’ll require are accessible at your supermarket. Our expert dentist recommends floss regularly right after brushing your teeth.
Get Regular Dental Check-ups
The importance of regular dental check-ups cannot be overemphasized. Make sure to see your dental specialist every six months or sooner, as suggested.
One of the benefits of wearing Invisalign braces is that you can take off the aligners to brush and floss your teeth. The primary rule for keeping your teeth healthy with Invisalign braces: brush, floss, and rinse after you eat. You’ll of course need to clean your aligners.
Make sure to remove the Invisalign retainers when you eat or drink something other than water. If you don’t brush and floss after eating or drinking, the particles from food (and sugars or acids from drinks)may lead to an early decay. So don’t eat or drink anything─except water─while your aligners are on!
If you haven’t begun orthodontic treatment yet, Visit Top Notch Dental Clinic and consult with the dentist. Our dentists will be glad to give you a thorough consultation and discuss treatment alternatives with you.