Your braces have a big job to do, which is to straighten your teeth. While they are doing their job, you need to do your job by making sure that your teeth are clean. While it may be difficult to see your teeth behind the metal, it is more important than ever to keep them clean, so you will have a healthy smile when it is finally revealed to the world. You will become old friends with your orthodontist by the time your braces come off, but don’t forget to see your regular dentist every six months for your routine cleaning and exam.
You will need to use a toothbrush with soft bristles, and a fluoride toothpaste. Start by rinsing your mouth to remove any loose food particles. Holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your mouth, and brush your gums. Then, brush from your gumline down to the top of your brackets, and then from the gumline up to the bottom of your brackets. When you have finished that, brush along the wire. While you would normally spend about two minutes brushing your teeth, you will want to go much slower when you have braces, and clean one or two teeth at a time. You will need to pay special attention to flossing. You may find that a floss threader makes it easier to clean between your teeth and you may want to use a water flosser after you floss. Because your braces make it more difficult to reach between your teeth, you might want to finish your brushing and flossing with a mouthwash or rinse that contains fluoride, and ingredients to fight gum disease.
If the time has come for you or your child to get braces, then it is also the time to plan a visit with our orthodontist, Dr. Huang. If you live in the Federal Way, Washington area and would like to make an appointment at Art of the Smiles, call phone today.