Brushing your teeth during your orthodontic care will take a little extra time and there is a bit of learning but you will be keeping those pearly whites squeaky clean in no time. Below are a few helpful tips that will help you to keep your teeth clean:
Give yourself time. It will take you about 4 minutes to properly clean your teeth with braces on. Try not to wait until you are running out of the door or about to fall asleep at night before you brush your teeth.
Get up close and personal. An inexpensive makeup mirror can make all the difference! It is almost impossible to see plaque on your teeth in a mirror across a countertop. A makeup mirror will help you to make sure you are able to get all of your teeth spotless!
Water only please! Brushing your teeth with only water can actually make it easier to see where your brush is and how it is nestling into the crooks of your teeth and braces. This can be an excellent learning tool and then use toothpaste after the teeth are clean to get the benefits of the toothpaste.
Fluoride? Yes please! We encourage our patients to use a fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse. Fluoride helps to make your teeth stronger and more resistant to tooth decay.
Teeth and gums. You need to clean all surfaces of your teeth and even your gums. The area between the braces and gums is the most common trouble spot and should be given extra attention!
After cleaning your teeth, closely examine your teeth and braces. Your gums should be pink but not red or puffy, and you should be able to clearly see the outline of each bracket.