You will notice that it is much harder to keep your teeth clean with braces. Food becomes caught under the brackets and between your teeth and can only be removed by brushing and flossing. If plaque remains on the teeth for any length of time, it can leave a permanent white scar on the surface. Brushing after meals should become part of your daily schedule.
Use a soft toothbrush and brush at a 45 degree angle to the tooth in small circles above and below the brackets. Your toothbrush will wear our faster because of your appliances, so be sure to replace it whenever the bristles star to frat.
- A waterpik can be a useful addition, but it cannot remove the sticky plaque that adheres to the teeth. At our office, we offer an Oral B Smart Guide or Vitality which can be used to help remove plaque.
Please click here for a video on how to use these toothbrushes.
Brushing with the proxabrush
Interproximal brushes are a great way to remove food between your braces. These are helpful especially if are not home or do not have floss handy with you. Interproximal brushes cannot replace proper flossing though.