If you have braces you have already made the exciting step to visit an orthodontist and are on your way to a straighter smile! In order to really get the most out of your braces and other orthodontic treatments, it’s important to care for your teeth along the way.
Having braces can make caring for your teeth a little more complicated. You may need to be intentional to make sure you effectively keep your teeth as healthy as possible as your braces do their work.
Brushing with Braces
Brushing your teeth with braces is very important because food can get stuck in your teeth, wires, and brackets. It is suggested to brush after every meal to prevent food build up. If you can only brush twice a day, try at least rinsing your mouth after meals (more on that in a moment).
When brushing with braces you want to use a soft bristle brush. Focus on brushing both above and below the brackets and wires on each tooth at a 45 degree angle. Consider replacing the toothbrush more often than typical, if the bristles are worn from the brackets.
Flossing with Braces
Flossing can be a little tricky when you have braces. That doesn’t mean you should skip it because it is even more imperative that you floss now. If you didn’t floss every day before having braces, now is the perfect time to step up your game.
The good news is, there are products created specifically to help you floss with braces! They are usually called floss threaders or Superfloss. Using a floss threader will make flossing with braces much easier, as you can use it to lead the floss through the wire and between your teeth!
Rinse and Repeat
You can use mouthwash or rinse as you normally would with braces. Rinsing will help clear out any leftover food debris that is still holding on after brushing and flossing.
Repeat by brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day for best results!
Foods to Avoid
One last important thing to care for your teeth with braces, is knowing what foods to avoid. Steer clear of sticky and chewy foods, such as gum, gummy candies, or caramels. Also avoid very hard food such as popcorn or hard pretzels that can damage your braces or get stuck in your wires. Your orthodontist can provide you with a comprehensive list of all the foods you should avoid while you have braces.
Cosmopolitan Orthodontics is a Twin Cities ortho provider that loves to help their patients every step of the way. From learning about different treatments to showing you how to brush and floss your teeth with braces. We are dedicated to helping you achieve the best results and taking care of your teeth is a big part of that!
Following these simple steps to care for your teeth will pay off when you get to show off your new confident smile when your braces are removed!