Braces can result in a build-up of plaque if you don't implement an excellent oral hygiene routine. Here, our Burnaby orthodontists offer you tips for brushing your teeth during braces treatment.
Remember the 45 Degree Rule
When you are brushing your braces you have to remember the 45-degree rule. When cleaning your lower teeth, point your toothbrush slightly upwards to reach beneath the bracket groove, and downwards for the top teeth. Most of the time food will be getting caught on the sides of your braces, in between your cheek and teeth. Get into the habit of flossing your teeth or using a toothpick after eating; this could make brushing a little easier.
Care For Your Brackets as Part of Your Teeth
Don’t let plaque build up in spots that are next to your brackets as this can result in tooth discoloration or lead to cavities between teeth. The brackets and wires will create more grooves where bacteria multiply and settle. You can help keep this from happening by brushing your teeth after every meal. You can still floss with braces, but use dental floss that has hard tips or flossing lassos to get under the wire. We also recommend using a toothbrush that has harder bristles, so they don’t get stuck in or damaged by your brackets.
Make Healthy Choices
Making healthier choices for meals and snacks can also help you prevent plaque. You don’t need to make any major changes to your diet with braces although, you should consider limiting foods that will make it harder for you to brush and floss. Some examples include jerky, licorice, popcorn, and taffy, all of which can have a higher chance of getting stuck in your braces than other foods. By avoiding a shortlist of tough-to-eat and sticky foods, your daily brushing and flossing routine will be easier. Ask your orthodontist which foods they recommend avoiding.