There are various types of braces and each needs special care when eating, flossing and brushing. Your local or personal orthodontist will provide you all the necessary information that you need with regards to taking care of your teeth if you have braces. However, it does not hurt to acquire additional knowledge on your own. Here are some general guides and rules for your day to day dental routine.
Brush with each meal
For most people without braces, brushing two times a day is basically enough, but since food can easily get stuck around and in your braces, it is essential to do at least a quick brush with each of your meal with a soft bristle toothbrush. This will include little snacks as well.
There are three surfaces you need to consider when brushing your teeth. These are the outer surface, the inner surface and the chewing surface. Try to make a forty-five degree angle toward your gum line between the head of your toothbrush and your teeth when brushing the outer surface. Try to maintain that forty-five degree angle when brushing the inner surface of your teeth and make sure to focus on just a few teeth at a time ensuring they are clean enough before moving on.
The easiest area to brush is the chewing surface of your teeth. Again, make sure to focus on a few teeth before moving on to the next teeth.
Make sure to use a fluoride rinse
Aligning your teeth with braces took a lot of work and the last thing you want is to have unnecessary white spots on the front of your teeth once your orthodontist takes them off. To prevent these stains, you can rinse using a specially formulated fluoride mouthwash once a day.
It will take additional patience and time when flossing teeth with braces, but your efforts will be worth it. The first thing y need to do is to get the floss below the archwire that connects your braces together. You will need a floss threader for this in order to guide the floss below the wire. Waxed floss can simplify your flossing process. Once the floss is below the archwire, slide it down and around each tooth at least twice to make sure plaque build-up is removed. Keep in mind not to put pressure on the wire though as you are moving the floss up and down. Repeat the steps carefully between all your teeth.
What certain foods to avoid
As with all people with braces know already, a chewing gum is a big no-no as well as other similar sticky candies such as caramel and taffy. In addition, you would also want to avoid munching down too hard on crispy and crunchy stuff like ice, carrots or pretzels which can result in the wires of your braces to snap.
If a wire snaps or breaks inside of your mouth, simply visit your local orthodontist to fix your braces as soon as possible.