4 Brushing Tips for People Who Wear Braces
People who wear braces cannot take their dental hygiene for granted. They must use proper cleaning tools (sonic toothbrushes and flossers for braces) and replace them when required. Click here for more on replacement options.
Follow these brushing tips to complete your orthodontic treatment sooner instead of letting food debris fester between your teeth, brackets, and wires.
1. Tilt Your Toothbrush for Braces
Tilting your toothbrush isn’t just recommended for regular teeth. Not only should you hold your toothbrush at a 45oangle, but you should also try cleaning from every which way to ensure you have covered all the surfaces around the braces—this may seem like a chore, but you can make quick work of it with our electric toothbrush for braces.
When cleaning your mouth, you must tip your toothbrush slightly towards the gum line and brackets. Don’t forget to brush along the biting surfaces of your teeth. As the first point of impact, there can be no doubt that there are food particles on their surfaces.
2. Use Mouthwash Regularly
Your toothpaste can’t beat the speed at which plaque develops inside your oral cavity and braces. Its growth rate varies from individual to individual, developing within five minutes to four hours after removal.
You can remove plaque and ensure it stays off by rinsing your mouth with mouthwash between cleanings. Mouthwash, like toothpaste, has fluoride in it. While this mineral doesn’t directly kill plaque, it strengthens your tooth enamel’s defense against dental nuisance.
3. Floss Once a Day
Flossing once a day is required for those with or without braces because it removes plaque between your teeth. You can do it before or after brushing your teeth. Lucky for you, you can easily find flossers for braces online.
Take our Ortho Floss, for instance. You can use it to gently yet effectively remove food particles between your teeth and the nooks and crannies created by your braces. Refer to the instructions if you want to know how much force to apply during the application.
4. Brush After Every Meal
You probably already know this, but those undergoing orthodontic treatment usually experience more plaque buildup. It’s important not to miss cleaning your mouth after every meal to avoid the short- and long-term consequences of plaque formation.
If that’s too much work, switch to our sonic toothbrush for braces. Visit the LBailar store to buy your discounted toothbrush and flosser for braces online instead of going on a virtual store hop for specialized products. We assure you our electronic toothbrushes are made to reach between your teeth and around your wires and brackets.
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