If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, it is important to keep your teeth clean and continue with your everyday oral hygiene. Otherwise, you are likely to develop tooth decay or other problems while you’re wearing your braces. Dr. Ghosh and Dr. Lofgren can provide detailed instructions about how best to keep your teeth clean and healthy during treatment.
Maintaining Everyday Oral Hygiene
Under normal conditions, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, and preferably after every meal and before you go to bed. You should continue these habits, but even more conscientiously, while you are wearing braces. Food is more likely to cling to the braces than to your teeth, so frequent cleaning is vital. If you do not clean your teeth regularly, you are much more likely to suffer from tooth decay due to the food particles that cling to your braces and bands.
Your orthodontist will probably recommend that you carry a toothbrush with you at all times and brush your teeth after every meal or snack. If you cannot brush your teeth, you should at least rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.
Special Considerations for Cleaning Your Teeth
Flossing is also very important while you are wearing braces, but can be difficult. Your orthodontist will provide special tools you can use to prevent food from building up between your teeth and to help massage your gums and keep them healthy, also.
The type of toothbrush you use is important, too. Some companies make toothbrushes that are specially designed to clean around your braces. Ask your dentist if one of these toothbrushes is a good option for you. Your dentist might also recommend that you use a softer toothbrush than you might normally in order to keep from damaging your braces.
Whatever instructions you receive regarding how to care for your teeth and for your braces during your orthodontic treatment, be sure to follow them precisely. This will ensure that your treatment is successful and that you do not suffer from tooth decay or gum disease while you’re wearing your braces.
Contact our experienced orthodontic team at 972-548-8200 for more information about taking care of your braces.