After deciding to straighten your teeth, it is very important to care for your teeth and braces. The brackets, wires, and other parts of your braces will attract food particles and plaque. If not cleaned properly, this can stain and damage the teeth. Dr. Natchimuthu and Dr. Wright recommends that you brush your teeth morning, night, and after every meal. It is also imperative that you floss your teeth at least once daily. But what is the proper way to brush and floss with braces?
Brushing Your Teeth and Braces
Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush using a gentle, circular motion. Brush down from the top of the teeth and then up from the bottom. Tilt your toothbrush 45 degrees to brush the tops and bottoms of the brackets. Take special care when brushing the teeth between the bracket and the gums, as this area is often missed. Brush between your brackets using a proxabrush. Insert the brush between the arch wire and the teeth and brush with upward and downward strokes. Repeat until you have cleaned between all of the brackets.
Flossing with Braces
To floss your teeth, thread the short end of the floss between your teeth and the arch wire. You can use a floss threader to make this easier. Then gently move the floss back and forth to work it between the teeth. Curve the floss under the gums using a C-shaped motion. Move the floss up and down to remove plaque. Repeat until the sides of every tooth have been cleaned.
These practices will help you care for your teeth properly throughout your orthodontic treatment. We welcome you to contact Smiley Dental Webb Chapel today to learn more about braces in Dallas, Texas, and to schedule your next visit with our dentists.