One of the challenges of orthodontic treatments is keeping your teeth and gums clean. Braces make it more difficult to clean all surfaces, and as a consequence, there’s an increased risk of plaque and cavities developing during your orthodontic treatment.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. You don’t have to trade a straight smile for a couple of fillings. Our experts at iSmiles Kids Dentistry and Orthodontics in Corona, California, explain how you can maintain your oral hygiene when you’re wearing braces.
Rough bristles may seem better at cleaning the debris, but they are less flexible, which means they may not reach all surfaces, especially when cleaning between brackets and wires. A soft toothbrush is gentler on your gums, which will allow you to brush more without fearing irritation or bleeding.
The best way to eliminate debris is to clean it off right away. If you have a diet high in carbohydrates, brushing after every meal is even more important, as the bacteria in your mouth break down carbohydrates and, as a result, create acids that wear down the enamel. The less time the food is stuck on your teeth, the less time your enamel is exposed to the acids.
Flossing is a must since debris can easily get stuck around the wires and in between your teeth. If you dread regular flossing, there’s also the option of using a water flosser. If you don’t have much crowding, the stream of water coming from the water flosser may be enough to cleanse your teeth.
Carrying a small bottle of mouthwash with you can be beneficial. While mouthwash can’t clean food debris, or at least not entirely, it can remove the debris left behind from fruit juices and other sugary drinks.
Diet plays a big role in the health of your teeth. Acidic foods and drinks make your teeth more sensitive, and brushing right afterward can do more harm than good. If you’d like to make your life easier, make sure you have these foods and drinks when you’re at home and have the time to wait another half an hour to brush.
Keeping your teeth clean and healthy doesn’t come easy when you’re wearing braces. However, with the right guidance, you can get the smile of your dreams with no damage to your enamel. If you’re looking to straighten your smile or simply need guidance during your orthodontic treatment, contact us to schedule an appointment.