How to Keep Teeth Clean During an Orthodontics Treatment

OrthodonticsKeeping braces, aligners, and teeth clean during an orthodontics treatment can be hard, but we can help. It is important to care for these things correctly in order to protect your teeth and gums against decay and disease. To learn more, read below.

Brushing for Braces and Aligner Care: When you are caring for your teeth while straightening and aligning them, it is important to remember to clean one tooth at a time. It can be easy to brush all your teeth at once in a quick motion, but it is important to give each tooth and bracket individual attention to removing all plaque and food particles. Remember also to brush the front and the distal of each tooth. This may seem like common knowledge, but some people are so focused on doing a quick brushing job, that they don’t thoroughly clean the backs of their teeth. You should brush each tooth from the top angle of your braces and the bottom angle of your braces. If you have braces, remember to remove bands or headgear when you eat and brush. If you have an aligner, you should remove it before eating, drinking and brushing. You should also clean and rinse off your aligner when it is out, but never do this with toothpaste.

Flossing for Braces and Aligner Care: If you have braces, it is important to use special floss picks to floss over the tops of your braces and from under your braces to reach every angle of your tooth. You should also show extra special attention to your gums during orthodontics treatment. Plaque can easily build up under your gum line and turn into tartar if you don’t brush your gums as well. This is also important when flossing. Gently floss along the gum point between each tooth. This area is often left untouched and can be the main source of decay or disease.

Other General Guidelines: You should brush and floss after each meal during your orthodontics treatment. After brushing, using a powerful mouthwash will also help prevent bacteria growth. Even though you are keeping all of these important techniques in mind, you should not forget to also see a dentist or orthodontist regularly during treatment. We have the ability to deep clean in ways that aren’t possible with a normal toothbrush and floss. We can also alert you to the first sign of decay and treat your teeth. If we notice that one area of your mouth is not looking as clean as another, we can redirect you so you can continue to clean in the best way possible at home.  

You should follow a stricter diet during your orthodontics treatment. When eating, try to avoid harmful foods and drinks that are acidic, sugary, hard, fibrous or sticky. Eating and drinking items like these will increase your likelihood of plaque build up since they can be harder to remove with at-home care.

Employing all of these guidelines will give your teeth the best chance of being unharmed, stainless and decay-free following an orthodontics treatment. If you have any more questions regarding your dental care, please feel free to contact our office.