Wearing Braces ? Thinking How to brush your Teeth with Braces and Keep your Teeth Clean?
Then you have to pay little attention to them in order to prevent staining, gum disease or decay of your Teeth. You should not only protect your Teeth also protect the braces from getting damaged.
The brushing of your teeth with braces is as normal as brushing without braces with little carefulness. We usually brush our teeth twice a day but brushing after every meal is advisable while wearing braces as the food particles might get struck under brackets or wires. If brushing is not possible after every meal , at least you need to rinse your mouth every meal as this will clean all the leftover particles stuck to your teeth or braces.
How to Start ?
- Choose a right Toothbrush :There are chances that the toothbrush you were using before getting braces is no longer suitable.. Use a soft toothbrush with round bristles, or an electric toothbrush if you prefer.
- Rinse your Mouth: Start by rinsing your mouth with water to loosen food stuck in and around your braces.
- Brush your gum line first, holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle.Brushing each tooth at the gum line and both above and below the brackets is necessary.
- Next, brushing at a downward angle on the top of the brackets and brushing at an upward angle at the bottom of the brackets would clean the brackets.
- Brush the inner area where the brackets are not present.
- Finally Rinse the mouth again and get a fresh breath
Do flossing at least once a day. Make sure you floss not only under the branches but also under the wires. Using a floss threader or orthodontic flosser, it is easier to floss more conveniently under the wires. Waxed floss is easier to slip between your teeth than unwaxed floss and is less likely to catch on your braces..
What to Eat?
You need to be more conscious of what you are eating because you are wearing braces. Eating too many sugary and starchy foods around the brackets can cause plaque to build up, which can cause teeth to rust, cause cavities, or contribute to gum disease. In particular, sticky and chewy foods such as dried fruits, caramel, taffy, cob corn and chewing gum should be avoided, all of which can get entangled and difficult to extract from the braces.
Another no-no is hard food. Foods such as almonds, ice, popcorn and beef jerky will snap the wires of the braces and remove the brackets. Even otherwise safe foods can be troublesome, such as raw apples and carrots, because their rough texture can affect the wires. Trim them into thin, bite-size bits to enjoy crunchy foods.
- If you are travelling or stuck without a toothbrush,Rinse your teeth thoroughly with water (or mouthwash) and rinse.
- If your braces or brackets bristle your inner lip or skin, put a special kind of wax on them to prevent chafing inside the mouth.
- Change your brush very often (at least in 3 Months) .