Orthodontic treatment presents a challenge to maintaining everyday oral hygiene. Brackets and bands are in the way, making it difficult to brush and floss. Your orthodontist can provide advice about how to manage your oral care, which is very important as long as you’re wearing braces.
Plaque and Orthodontic Treatment
Controlling plaque and tartar is always an important goal of your everyday oral care. However, it’s particularly important if you’re wearing braces. Braces make your teeth even more vulnerable to plaque and tartar, so you need to take special care to keep your teeth clean.
If you’re wearing braces, they provide additional surfaces for food particles and residue to cling to. Bacteria in the mouth feeds on this residue, creating sticky plaque that can harden into tartar. These acidic substances cling to the surfaces of the teeth, eventually leading to tooth decay. Diligent care and cleaning of your mouth removes the food particles as well as any plaque that might have developed. Invisalign treatment also presents additional risk, as food or beverage residue can cling to the insides of the trays and again increase your likelihood of developing cavities.
Preventing Plaque While You Wear Your Braces
When you’re wearing braces, you’ll need to brush more often and floss regularly. Be sure to ask your orthodontist for instructions regarding how to keep your teeth clean. These instructions could include:
- Brush after every meal
- Use a portable toothbrush so you can brush when you’re away from home
- Use special floss to reduce the possibility of breaking your braces
- Use mouthwash to help eliminate bacteria and rinse away food particles
If your orthodontic treatment makes use of Invisalign aligner trays, you’ll want to be sure to rinse the trays regularly to keep them clean. If sugary beverages or food particles are left in the trays, they will stay pressed against the teeth while you wear the trays, again increasing the likelihood of decay.
By following these guidelines, you can help ensure that your teeth will remain white, bright, and free of decay even after orthodontic treatment.
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