Do you have new braces and can’t wait to sport your new smile? To get the results you want from your new braces, you must brush correctly. During your appointment, our team will coach you on what you need to take care of your teeth by brushing and flossing with braces.
Brushing your teeth properly with braces takes a little bit of time, but when you see your successful results, it will be worth it. In this article, we give you some pointers to help you brush your teeth while your braces help align your smile.
Why Its Important To Brush Your Teeth With Braces
Taking the time to brush your teeth every day is very important. If you brush your teeth with braces, you avoid serious issues such as tooth decay, gum inflammation, and tooth decalcification. Adults can make the decision for themselves to commit to healthy toothcare. As for young children, pre-teenagers, and teenagers, they will need support from an adult to help keep them on track.
Brushing Your Teeth With Braces Every Day
Food particles can stick to braces and teeth. If you don’t brush or adhere to a proper technique, you can get gingivitis in as little as 48 hours. This will help you maintain good dental health. Here are some tips for brushing your teeth when you have braces:
- Rinse your mouth out with water beforehand to get rid of larger food particles.
- Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gums.
- Use short strokes to make sure that you get the space between the wires, teeth, and your gums.
- Brush for at least two to three minutes and then rinse with water afterwards.
Flossing With Braces
Flossing with braces is very similar to flossing regularly – with one key difference. You must floss under the archwire and between the teeth. Using a floss threader can make this process a little bit easier. Here are some guidelines from The Smile Specialists to floss with your braces:
- Thread your floss under the archwire.
- Remove the threader.
- Floss each side of each tooth.
- Pull out the floss with one hand as you release the floss with your other hand.
- Repeat each step.
Contact Dr. McSurdy for a Free Consultation Today
Dr. McSurdy recommends brushing after each meal or at least twice per day. Taking good care of your teeth while wearing braces will help ensure that your braces are effectively working to get the perfect smile. Give us a call at 610-489-6032 to schedule your smile consultation today.