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Brushing With Braces

If you are in need of orthodontic treatment then you likely have metal braces. While they are effective, they might also make brushing awkward. In this post, our Etobicoke orthodontists share some tips for brushing your teeth with braces and some techniques that may make things easier.

Brush Your Teeth at a 45-Degree Angle

When brushing your braces, remember to follow the 45-degree rule. Brush the bottom teeth slightly upwards to get under the groove of the bracket, and the top teeth slightly downwards to go under the groove of the bracket as well. Much of the time you will notice that food has become stuck within your brackets as well as in between your teeth and cheeks. Develop the practice of cleaning your teeth after meals with a toothpick or floss. This can help make the process of brushing your teeth much smoother.

Brush your Braces and Brackets Just as You Would Your Teeth

Brushing your bracket is just as important as brushing your teeth as plaque can cling to space against your brackets resulting in cavities and tooth decay along with discoloration.

Your brackets and cables will create additional crevices for bacteria to settle in and proliferate as a result of your installation. Prevent this by including a daily brushing practice after each meal in your eating schedule.

You may wonder if flossing is possible when you have braces, it absolutely is! However, you must use dental floss with firm points or flossing lassos to reach under the wire. You may also require a toothbrush with stiffer bristles in order to avoid the bristles becoming trapped in or damaged by your brackets.

Choose Healthy and Safe For Braces Foods

By making better choices when it comes to the foods you eat you can help prevent a buildup of plaque that comes along with certain unhealthy foods. When you wear braces, you don't have to substantially alter your diet, but we recommend avoiding items that make it more difficult to keep your teeth clean. Corn kernels, licorice, gummy candy, jerky, and taffy, to name a few things, will become trapped in your braces more easily than other meals.

By avoiding any foods that are sticky or chewy you can help make brushing much easier. To find out which meals you should avoid, talk to your orthodontist about what you should and shouldn't eat.

Take Your Time When Brushing and Flossing

Just as you would without braces, you should brush your teeth twice daily. You can try using a proxabrush if you're having problems reaching all of the surfaces of your teeth because of the wires and braces in your mouth. Because of its small size and flexibility, it may be used to clean under and around braces and other orthodontic appliances.

Rinse Your Mouth Before You Begin Brushing

To begin, remove any elastics, bands, or removable orthodontic parts from your mouth and store them in a secure location away from your mouth. After that, take a cup and fill it halfway with water before rinsing your mouth out with the water. You can also swish around a little water in your mouth to help clear away any food or debris that is stuck in there.

If you would like to learn more about keeping your teeth clean, feel free to contact our Etobicoke orthodontists for a consultation.

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