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How to brush your teeth with braces?

One of the concerns that most people who undergo this treatment face is how to brush with brackets?

 

Orthodontics, in addition to improving your smile, is the ideal treatment to correct teeth alignment and malocclusion problems. It is true that when using them, your toilet will no longer be as simple a task as before, since special care is required but that should not be a tedious or complicated practice.

 

How to brush your teeth with orthodontic appliances

If you use orthodontic appliances or are about to do so, pay attention to each of the following points and achieve an ideal tooth brushing.

 

Interdental brush

So that the friction that the brackets exert on the gums is minimized it is important that you use a toothbrush with soft bristles, so you can prevent the appearance of injuries and bleeding. Place the brush at a 45 ° angle to your gums and brush gently, making movements from side to side. Remember to change your brush after 3 or 4 months of use.

 

Use a brush for brackets better known as interdental, this will make you achieve a better cleaning. You can clean the interdental spaces and thus avoid the accumulation of plaque caused by the bacteria that the food debris develops.

The toothpaste

Before placing the toothpaste moistens your brush, with this you will obtain a much more effective cleaning in your appliances. Use a fluoride toothpaste to decrease sensitivity.

 

Floss for braces once a day

If you are under orthodontic treatment it is important that you use dental floss at least once a day. Although it may be a somewhat annoying task to pass the thread between the teeth, this will prevent plaque buildup and thus prevent oral infections.

 

Use mouthwash

If the floss and the toothbrush do not completely eliminate the remains of food and bacterial plaque accumulated in your teeth and brackets, the mouthwash is the perfect complement. In people with orthodontics, rinsing helps reduce swelling of the gums and cheeks, as well as preventing the development of gingivitis.

 

Clean your removable appliances

When using removable retainers or orthodontic appliances, it is important that you clean them daily. Make them part of your daily routine, clean them before going to bed. Do not use hot water as there is a chance of deforming them and be sure to follow your dentist's instructions to the letter.

 

Maintaining good hygienic habits is the best way to keep your teeth healthy. Throughout your orthodontic treatment, you have to schedule regular visits with the dentist, he will be the one to tell you if everything is going well and what is the best way to clean your mouth during this process.


Dr. Armellini received her dental degree from the Central University of Venezuela. She received an MBA from the University of Michigan and embarked on a clinical fellowship in Implantology Prosthodontics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

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