When you have traditional braces, oral hygiene is more important than ever. That’s because braces have tiny spaces where food particles and plaque get trapped, and insufficient cleaning while wearing them can cause enamel staining and tooth decay around brackets or bands. If you’ve recently had traditional braces applied to your teeth, our doctors at Garrison Family Dentistry want you to know how to properly brush them using the following technique.
- Prepare to brush – take off elastics (rubber bands) and any other removable parts of your orthodontic appliance.
- Clean your braces – Use your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to clean around the wires and pins of your braces. Brush the top of each wire and then from the bottom.
- Brush your teeth – Clean each tooth individually. First, place your brush at a 45-degree angle to the junction between the tooth and the gum, and then apply gentle pressure as you move in a circular motion. Do this for about 10 seconds. Use the same brushing action on all outer and inner tooth surfaces, tilting the brush as needed to better reach the insides of smaller front teeth.
- Floss once a day – Carefully thread the floss under or over the main wire of your braces, taking care not to get it stuck. Then thread the floss through the wire to reach in between the spaces of your teeth.
If you have questions about orthodontic oral care, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.garrisondentistry.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Garrison Family Dentistry here in Smithville, MO, call 816-532-8778.