Maintaining careful oral hygiene is important during any procedure with orthodontics. Maintaining proper oral hygiene during therapy is an necessary aspect of wearing braces but for many patients it is a challenge. It is important to take a little more time on your braces while you are brushing your teeth. Remember, your teeth are still to floss. At first it will take a bit longer but keeping the area between your teeth clean will make sure your teeth get straighter faster. If you have a removable orthodontic device such as retainers or Invisalign then you can use a toothbrush to brush your appliance. Plaque has to be cleaned completely from your teeth so it’s much more necessary to remove plaque when you have braces. The brackets and wires inside your mouth build plaque spaces to cover. If plaque is not cleaned from your teeth and around your braces properly and regularly, you run the risk of developing gum disease, tooth loss, enamel scarring and poor breath. Continue reading
Brush and floss are imperative to keep your teeth behind your braces in mint-condition. Brushing is incredibly necessary because it stays stuck between our teeth even after we brush food. This induces plaque accumulation that can only be replaced with the dental floss.
What Happens If I Do Not Floss?
The effects of not flossing easily add up with or without the braces. For example, it hardens after food remains on the teeth for a certain amount of time and transforms into tartar, which a dentist may extract. Tarter can build up under braces at a much higher rate, where the particles will disappear unnoticed and unbound for long stretches of time. Worst of all, gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease and is closely associated with tartar build-up. Continue reading
It is imperative that meticulous oral hygiene be maintained during any orthodontic treatment. Maintaining good oral hygiene during treatment is an important part of wearing braces, but it’s a problem for many patients. With your braces, it is important to spend a little extra time when you brush your teeth. Remember, you must still floss your teeth. It will take a little longer at first but keeping the area between your teeth clean will ensure that your teeth become straighter faster. If you have a removable orthodontic appliance such as retainers or Invisalign then you can brush your appliance with a toothbrush. Plaque needs to be thoroughly removed from your teeth, and when you have braces, it’s even more important to remove plaque. The brackets and wires in your mouth create places for plaque to hide. If plaque is not carefully and consistently removed from your teeth and around your braces, you run the risk of developing gum disease, tooth decay, enamel scarring and bad breath. Continue reading