Dental braces can completely transform the look and feel of your teeth, giving your smile a new lease of life in more ways than one…
Thanks to advances in technology, there are now a number of accessible, effective and discreet orthodontic treatment methods that are not only equipped to improve the aesthetic appeal of your teeth, but will also improve the functionality of your teeth too!
In order to optimise the effectiveness of orthodontic treatment, it’s vital that you adopt a high standard of oral hygiene – keeping your teeth clean, happy and healthy!
But sometimes that’s easier said than done when you’re getting used to your new treatment, especially as its super easy for certain foods to become tangled and stuck between your brackets. Plaque also builds up more easily in orthodontic patients.
Fortunately, there are a whole host of highly effective cleaning methods that you can adopt in order to ensure that your teeth remain sparkling clean
Brushing dental braces
When it comes to brushing your teeth, it’s vital that you get into the habit of adopting good routine, especially when you’ve got dental braces.
This means ensuring that you brush your teeth and brace frequently and effectively. A good technique when brushing is to angle the toothbrush below the bracket and above the bracket, whilst making sure you remove all of the plaque.
You should also remember to brush the biting surfaces of your teeth, tongue side and always remember to brush your tongue – the last thing you need is bad breath, right?
Whether you use an electric or manual toothbrush, you should always ensure that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, especially in the evening.
Use TePe Brushes for in between your teeth
Dental braces are notorious for accumulating a build up of plaque and it’s also very easy for a number of different food types to become lodged or tangled in the appliance.
With this in mind, it’s super important that you take the time to clean effectively. A TePe is a great little device for helping you to tackle all of those hard to reach areas.
Using this brush you should go under the wire, in-between the brackets as well as up into the gum line. One of the main advantages of this product is that it has a small, compact design, making it easy for you to carry it with you, wherever you go.
Flossing around dental braces
Flossing is a great solution when it comes to removing a whole host of different food debris. Flossing should become an integral part of your daily oral hygiene regime – if you can, you should always try and floss after every meal.
Using a floss wire, simply floss under the wire, in-between the teeth and make a letter c around your teeth in order to reach your gum area – plaque loves to high in your gums.
Avoid certain foods while wearing braces
Of course, when you are wearing dental braces, particularly within the first few days, there are a number of foods and drinks that you should avoid.
These include foods such as nuts, bagels, ice, hard sweets, caramel and some meats as these can not only break your brackets, they can also bend arch wires and loosen bands!
This can also have a huge impact on treatment time.
Waterpik makes cleaning easier
Finally, another effective device you can use is the waterpik. This high performance device is perfect for helping to keep your teeth looking and feeling great! There are a number of different products available and the device works by squirting a jet of air onto your teeth in order to remove any plaque of lodged food.