Oral Hygiene in Orthodontics
With a toothbrush and dental floss suitable for orthodontic teeth, the action of destructive acids and microbes can be prevented.
The acid produced is activated usually 3 to 5 minutes after having any food and their destructive action on the enamel will last 20 to 50 minutes, resulting in tooth decay.
The orthodontic teeth should certainly be brushed after each meal and before sleep.
Cleaning and taking care of the teeth and orthodontic braces seems hard only the first few days. But after getting accustomed to the braces inside your mouth, you’ll realize that cleaning the teeth is not a hard task to do and is just a bit different from the time without orthodontics.
How to brush teeth with braces
Brush carefully under the wires and around the braces.
To brush braces, you need a time between 2 to 5 minutes.
Give 10 seconds to each tooth and make sure that you are doing it the right way.
Observe your teeth and braces everyday in a mirror with bright light and put some fluoride toothpaste on your toothbrush.
Put the toothbrush on the teeth and braces at a 45-degree angle with sufficient force and brush your teeth in small circular motions.
Use a soft toothbrush and avoid horizontal motions when brushing your teeth.
The toothbrush for orthodontic teeth is worn out sooner than usual, so you should replace it every now and then.
Maintaining the hygiene in orthodontic teeth is of particular importance.
Clean slowly around the braces and under the wires with an orthodontic brush.
The interdental brush can clean around and under the braces and also clean the orthodontic wires without damaging them.
How to floss teeth with braces
Pass through the dental floss in between the teeth and slide the thread up and down in a “C” shape.
Repeat it for each and every tooth.
Never floss in between teeth using sawing movement.
However, your dentist will give you the necessary consultation and teach you how to brush correctly.
Mouthwash is another suggested way to clean your orthodontic teeth.
Other than rinsing and disinfecting the teeth and mouth, the mouthwash also makes the mouth taste and smell good.
Foods to avoid with braces
In some cases, your orthodontist might ban you from having certain foods and drinks.
Hard foods and pastries, such as raw carrots or hard candies and toffees, can break your braces.
Carbonated drinks, coffee, saffron, strong tea and soft drinks are all among the items that should be avoided.
Also, sugar and its products, such as cake, ice cream, pastry and chocolate, should all be consumed as minimum as possible and you should brush and floss your teeth afterwards.
Make sure to brush your teeth after eating any food.