Braces have been around a while, and during that time, they’ve picked up a few rumors and myths. For example, we have found that some people are worried orthodontic treatments cause bad breath. We want to let you know right away that this simply isn’t true.
It is a misconception that orthodontic treatment, whether it be braces, retainers, or Invisalign will actually cause you to have bad breath. They don’t, so you shouldn’t let concern over bad breath scare you away from receiving orthodontic treatment.
The real source of bad breath, also known as halitosis, is typically bacteria build up within your mouth. Luckily, this is something that can easily be avoided with or without braces.
Whether you have braces or not, follow these guidelines to ensure fresh breath!
Brush, brush, and brush again
Everyone should be brushing their teeth at least twice a day. You may find when you have braces that you need to increase the number of times you brush your teeth throughout the day. The chances of food particles getting stuck and lodged in the nooks and crannies of your mouth are higher.
Where there are food particles, bacteria can start to grow.
Brushing your teeth after each meal will significantly decrease the amount of food particles and bacteria build up in your mouth, which will then keep your breath fresh!
Floss, rinse, and repeat
Just as brushing will help eliminate bacteria, so will flossing and rinsing with mouthwash. We can’t emphasize enough the importance of keeping a clean, bacteria free mouth. This is essential for the health of your teeth and the results of your treatment. Make flossing and rinsing your mouth a part of your daily routine to ensure your breath stays fresh throughout treatment.
Keep your trays clean
Orthodontic treatment that involves removable trays such as Invisalign or retainers can bring an additional source of bacteria into your mouth if not cleaned properly.
Using a cleaning agent like denture cleaner (or any cleaner that your orthodontist recommends) to soak your trays will prevent you from introducing new bacteria into your mouth. These trays can be a breed bacteria if not cleaned regularly.
Avoid brushing your retainer or aligners with a toothbrush and toothpaste as these tend to be gritty and can scratch or damage your trays.
Good oral hygiene is always important, but it’s especially vital when receiving orthodontic treatment. Consult your Apple Valley Orthodontics specialists at Cosmo Ortho for more guidance on fighting bacteria build up during your treatment. Don’t let the worry of bad breath stand in the way of the straighter smile you have dreamed of!