There are so many good reasons to get braces. Some people get braces simply for cosmetic reasons. Others get braces because they have problems with their teeth that impact their ability to eat, impact their ability to speak and can have some long-term detrimental impacts on the appearance of their face.
The last thing that you’re going to want is to have your braces or your child’s braces removed only to find out that you or your child have a bunch of cavities because you did not adequately brush your teeth while you were wearing braces.
Brushing with braces can be difficult. This is because the brackets on metal braces attract food. Plaque can grow on the braces and can start to affect your teeth. Many orthodontists recommend that when a person has braces, they brush their teeth more frequently than a person who does not have braces. They should be brushing their teeth at least once after every single meal.
When it comes to brushing with braces, there are some important steps to follow:
- First, make sure your toothbrush is at a 45-degreee angle to your gums.
- Second, using a circular motion, brush the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of the teeth gently.
- Third, using the tip of your toothbrush, gently brush the inner surfaces of the front teeth.
It is important that you take your time when you brush your teeth with braces. Don’t rush through it. Make sure that you are brushing every single tooth not only at the gum line but above and underneath each bracket. Doing this will improve the chances of you removing plaque and debris from your teeth’s surface.
Parents should pay special attention to the way that their younger children brush their teeth. They might need a little bit of help, especially when it comes to angling the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and using a circular motion. Watch them until you are confident that they are comfortable with brushing their teeth in this new way.
If you don’t floss, your teeth will not be healthy. Flossing is just as important, if not more important, than simply brushing with braces. Our orthodontist can recommend special floss or a floss threader to make it easier for you to floss your teeth while wearing metal braces.
Brushing with braces is an extra challenge. It requires a lot of diligence. But you have dedicated a ton of time to getting braces. Don’t get sloppy with brushing your teeth since this could ruin all the hard work you are doing.
During an appointment at Petty, Bielik and Burke Orthodontics, our experts can tell you all you need to know when it comes to brushing with braces. We have offices in Frankfort and Oak Lawn. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more.