How Can I Keep My Smile Clean With Braces?

Braces at Botsford Family Orthodontics are more than just a treatment option for bringing your dream smile to reality. They’re a new level of responsibilities you’ll need to take care of. But don’t worry; Dr. Botsford will give you the tools and skills you need to keep everything healthy. Read below to see how you can keep your smile clean with braces.

Your Braces’ Challenges

Keeping your smile and braces clean is key to keeping your treatment on schedule. Braces can act as food prisons, holding on to tiny bits of food that, if left for too long, can cause some serious problems. From cavities, gum disease, and even disrupted treatments, an unhealthy smile is an unhappy smile.

When you have braces, being able to get into the places that plaque and debris hide in is like having a superpower. That’s where tools like brushing and flossing come into play. By using these tools, you can knock plaque and bacteria to the curb to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Plus, staying on top of your hygiene can reduce the chance of having spots on your teeth after your braces come off. 

Let’s look into the tips and techniques we recommend to keep your teeth and braces shining bright.

Brushing With Braces

With braces, brushing your teeth might seem like a challenge. But with the right steps and tools, you’ll be a brushing pro in no time.

The Tools

First up, your toothbrush. You’ll want a soft-bristled or electric toothbrush with a “gentle” mode. These toothbrushes are kind to your teeth and appliances but tough on plaque and food particles.

Once you’ve got your toothbrush, then comes toothpaste. You’ll want to avoid toothpaste that promotes whitening, as it can leave you with the unwanted spots we mentioned. Instead, keep it simple with fluoride toothpaste to keep your teeth strong and cavity-free.

The Techniques

Technique is super important! Angle your brush at 45 degrees to make sure you’re getting under your wires and around the brackets. Brush gently in small circles, making sure to target all areas: the fronts, backs, and tops of your teeth. Don’t forget to brush along your gums, but be gentle as you do.

Aim to brush after every meal and before bed. That’ll be around four times a day, which sounds like a lot, but it’s worth it to keep your mouth healthy and your braces clean. Brushing right means you’re on your way to a great smile!

How Can I Keep My Smile Clean With Braces?

Flossing With Braces

While brushing your teeth knocks out a lot of the hidden plaque and debris hiding in your smile, flossing is the detective that finds out the very last of the remaining problems. Floss sneaks under your wires and between your teeth to remove the last holdouts that were missed during brushing.

The Tools

Dr. Botsford recommends a floss threader to get between your teeth and your appliance effectively. They’re one of the best ways to floss your teeth with braces. You can use a water flosser or Waterpik as an alternative, which uses water to get between your teeth rather than a thread.

The Techniques 

Here’s the game plan: Take a piece of floss and, using the floss threader, pull it under your wire. Gently move the floss up and down the side of each tooth and under the gumline. It’s important to be gentle to avoid hurting your gums.

Flossing should be done at least once a day, every day. It might take a little longer with braces, but it’ll keep everything healthy and happy.

Additional Tips & Tricks

While brushing and flossing with braces is important for your smile to stay healthy, there are a few more tips and tricks to elevate your hygiene game to the next level. Here’s what you need to know: 

Rinse With Mouthwash: After you brush and floss, use some fluoride mouthwash to clean the very last hidden debris out of your smile. Swish around the mouthwash for around 30-60 seconds to cover every corner of your mouth.

Watch What You Eat: Some foods are tough on braces. Stay away from sticky, hard, or any foods that could get stuck in your braces or even break them. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables isn’t just good for you but also helps keep your teeth clean.

Water Is Your Friend: Drinking water throughout the day helps wash away any food particles that might be hanging out in your braces. It’s like giving your mouth a mini shower!

Come To Your Regular Check-Ups: Don’t skip your appointments with Botsford Family Orthodontics. These check-ups are super important for Dr. Botsford to monitor your smile progress and make any necessary adjustments.

How Can I Keep My Smile Clean With Braces?

Clean Smiles At Botsford Family Orthodontics

At Botsford Family Orthodontics, we believe in setting up your smile for success. With these tips and tricks, you’ll have an easy, clean, and great smile in no time. Are you curious to see if braces might be the solution you’ve been looking for? Schedule a free consultation today and visit Dr. Botsford and our team in Medford!