If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, such as teeth braces, it’s vitally important to keep your teeth free of plaque. With braces or other orthodontic appliances on your teeth, they are especially vulnerable to plaque buildup and eventual decay, since it is more difficult to clean them than usual.
If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, such as teeth braces, it’s vitally important to keep your teeth free of plaque.
Keeping Teeth Clean During Orthodontic Treatment
When you first have your teeth braces placed, your orthodontist will provide you with instructions on how to keep your teeth clean during your treatment. Orthodontic treatment typically takes many months—often more than a year—so during this time you should be careful to follow all these instructions very closely.
While you have your braces on, you’ll be able to brush and floss your teeth, but you will probably have to modify your technique slightly to accommodate your braces. You’ll also want to be sure to brush more frequently, or at the very least rinse your teeth thoroughly after every meal. You’ll also want to be sure to visit your dentist regularly so he can examine your teeth and look for any early signs that decay might be developing.
If you are being treated with Invisalign, it’s also important to brush your teeth regularly. You’ll also want to be sure to rinse your aligner trays to remove any residue from foods or beverages.
What is Plaque?
Plaque is a sticky white substance that collects on your teeth. It is highly acidic, and if it is not removed, it will harden into tartar. The acid from the tartar eats through the enamel of your teeth, causing tooth decay. Decay can range from a small hole in the tooth enamel to extensive destruction of the enamel and even the dentin, which is the substance that lies beneath your tooth enamel. It can be repaired with fillings or with crowns, but extensive decay can lead to tooth loss.
Bacteria that live in your mouth and consume food particles that remain on your teeth excrete plaque as a waste product. Therefore, the best way to control plaque is to clean your teeth regularly and visiting either of our convenient orthodontic office locations today.