While undergoing orthodontic treatment, it is important to know how to properly care for your teeth, gums, and orthodontic appliances. Read on to find out how to care for your oral health and the appliances you have.
Caring for your oral health
Brushing with Braces
Good dental hygiene is critical during orthodontic treatment. Without it, food and plaque can accumulate around your braces. The bacteria that form in plaque create acids which eat away at tooth enamel, leaving white marks and cavities, and causing gum disease.
Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brush above and below the braces along your gum line, in a gentle, circular motion. Take your time and be thorough. Brush your biting surfaces as well as the backs of your teeth.
When you are done brushing, use your interproximal brush we provide (see bottom picture) to clean areas under the wire.
Eating with Braces and Other Fixed Orthodontic Appliances
Much of your diet can remain the same while wearing braces, expanders, and other types of appliances that are not removable. However, certain foods should be avoided or eaten with discretion.
Use care and common sense when choosing foods to eat. Eating foods that are hard or crunchy may result in broken braces which can adversely effect your treatment outcome and / or increase the amount of time that you need to wear your braces.
Clear Aligner Care
Every time you brush your teeth - at least twice a day - also clean your aligners with your toothbrush and toothpaste. In addition, aligners can be soaked in retainer cleaner or denture cleaning tablets.