When you found out that you were going to need braces, you may have first wondered how long you would need them. Most people, children and adults alike, will have braces for anywhere between six months to two years or more. Clear braces, also known as ceramic braces, can provide you with an orthodontic option that isn’t quite as noticeable as traditional braces. No matter which type of braces you choose, you’re probably excited to get them taken off. However, if you don’t properly clean your teeth while wearing braces, you could end up with preventable dental problems once they’re finally removed.
This is because it’s a lot harder to brush your teeth with braces on. It’s very easy for food to get stuck inside of your braces, leading to the growth of plaque. While most people are accustomed to brushing their teeth every day, you’ll have to be especially diligent about it with both traditional and clear braces.
The first thing you should do even before you brush your teeth is rinsing your mouth out with water. This will flush out some of the food that might have been stuck in and around your braces. When it comes time to brush your teeth, start by using the right toothpaste. You should use a toothpaste that has been approved by the American Dental Association. It should have fluoride in it.
Proper teeth brushing techniques with braces begin with you brushing at the gumline. The toothbrush should sit right above the brackets, and the brush should be angled down. Clean off the top of your braces. Then, do the same thing in reverse to clean off the bottom brackets.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when they brush their teeth with braces on is trying to rush through the job. You need to take your time and make sure that every single one of your brackets gets cleaned. You also want to make sure that you are removing debris from the teeth’s surface. This is especially important with clear braces, as the goal of these braces is to make your orthodontic treatment less conspicuous. Keeping food and debris out of your braces will help ensure they stay clear.
Everyone needs to floss to keep their teeth healthy. This is especially important when you wear braces. Flossing is made a lot easier when you use a floss threader. If you’re ever unsure about the best ways to floss, you can talk to our orthodontist about your options during any of your appointments.
Once you’ve brushed and flossed, you should rinse your mouth out with a mouthwash. This is an extra step that you can take to prevent cavity growth.
Brushing your teeth with braces on is a lot more challenging, but taking the time to do it right is more than worth it. Remember, you are only going to have your braces for a couple of years. If you do a good job of keeping your teeth clean when you have braces, you’ll able to avoid future dental issues when they are removed.
We offer many different options for orthodontic treatment at the office of Petty, Bielik & Burke Orthodontics. Clear braces offer many benefits, but they require just as much care as traditional braces. If you are looking to get braces in Oak Lawn or Frankfort, contact us today to schedule your first appointment.