Have you recently started orthodontic treatment in Cincinnati, OH? Wondering how exactly you should be caring for your braces to ensure your treatment goes the best as possible? At Ornella Orthodontics in Cincinnati, we believe that educating and informing our patients is an essential part of providing exceptional orthodontic care. Today we’re going to cover the basics of brushing and flossing when you have traditional metal braces! Those with Clear Braces can remove their aligners, making care during treatment much easier and more effective.
The Basics of Brushing And Flossing with Braces
When it comes to caring for your braces and cleaning them, it is extremely important to be gentle, careful and thorough. Debris, bacteria and plaque can be easily trapped around, on and even inside your braces. The below tips will help make oral hygiene, dental care, brushing and flossing much easier and effective:
- First you should remove your elastics and any other removable parts of your braces, preparing for brushing.
- Next, hold your brush at a 45 degree angle. Brush from top to bottom, making sure that you take your time and thoroughly remove any debris, plaque or bacteria from your the wires and pins of your braces. Be sure to clean completely around both the lower and upper teeth.
- Next, place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle at the gum line, applying pressure as you move your brush in a circular motion. Repeat this for about 10 seconds on each tooth, making sure that you brush the inner and outer tooth surfaces. If you cannot effectively reach all the areas of your mouth, tilt the brush and adjust the angle.
- The next step is flossing, we recommend using a WaterPik (or similar device) as it can drastically change the effectiveness. If you don’t want to invest in a water flossing device, try floss picks or a floss threader, as they can make flossing with braces much easier.
- Last, you should thoroughly rinse your entire mouth and examine your braces and smile in the mirror for any missed spots.
Along with proper at home care, visiting your orthodontist for routine visits can be very important. Missing appointments can lead to less successful treatment and even increased treatment times.