How to brush teeth when wearing braces?
When you have braces on your teeth, you should brush your teeth more accurate compared to the time when you don’t have braces. Orthodontics brace provides you a beautiful smile by straightening and correcting your teeth position. But in case of improper cleaning method, plaque and food will collect on the brace and cause cavities, stains or infected gum tissue. So you need to know how to brush teeth when wearing braces?
Choose a proper toothbrush designed for cleaning the brace
The first step is to buy a specific toothbrush designed to brush teeth when wearing braces. You should make the right amount of pressure and rotate the head of your toothbrush completely. You need to use an interdental brush with an angled head and brush which fit around your braces.
Begin with the outer side of your teeth. First clean outside of your bottom teeth then outside of your top teeth. Brush back and forth your teeth while gently moving the toothbrush.
Then begin to brush the inner side of your teeth by moving your toothbrush back and forth, up and down, next move with circular motions on the inside of your top and bottom teeth. This step is the easiest brush because the inner side of your teeth is not crowded with braces.
Next, brush the crowns of your teeth. You should turn the toothbrush perpendicular to the space between your teeth in back and forth as well as circular motion.
Finally brush the other areas of your mouth including your tongue, cheeks, and gums because your mouth is full of germs and plaque.
Christmas tree brush also called proxabrush is a specific brush for people who wear a brace. Proxabrush help you to clean between your brackets effectively. You should insert the brush from the top of the wire between two brackets and then repeat from the bottom.
It may seem impossible to floss under the archwire of your brace but you should floss your teeth at least once a day even with a brace. You can do this with the help of floss threader. You can pull one end of the floss through the threader, then push the threader, carrying with it the free end of the floss under the archwire. Now grasp the floss on each end and slide it up and down the sides of both teeth and all the way under the gums. But make attention that you should do flossing before the brushing.
How often should I clean my brace?
If it is possible, brush your teeth after each meal. When you have a brace on your teeth, it is better you always keep a toothbrush in your pocket so you can clean your teeth everywhere. If you can’t brush your teeth after each time you eat, at least rinse your mouth with water after meals until food doesn’t stay caught in your teeth and braces. You also need to visit your dentist at least every 6 months for a regular dental cleaning.
Child’s brace maintenance
If your children have braces and you are worry about their dental health you should consider the following items:
- If your children wearing removable appliance they should take off elastics and any other removable parts of their orthodontic appliance.
- Your child should clean each tooth individually. First place the brush at a 45-degree angle from the gum line then make a mild pressure and moving the toothbrush in a circular motion. It should be repeated for all the inner and outer tooth surface for about 10 seconds.
- Then should clean around the wires and brackets of the braces. Brush from the top of each wire down to the bottom. Your kid can clean the removable brace over a sink filled with water in order to prevent damage to the brace in case of a drop.
- Use of interdental products which are designed for the brace and orthodontic, once a day.
Generally, it is recommended your children brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and preferably after each meal. It is also helpful to use fluoride mouthwash at a different time during the day. But keep it in your mind don’t rinse your teeth after brushing because it will wash away the fluoride toothpaste which is needed to straighten the teeth.