Brushing Teeth With Braces

March 7, 2022

Caring for your teeth is vital if you want to maintain a healthy smile. Getting braces is critical to achieving this goal. However, when these braces and brackets are fixed on your teeth, the next challenge you might face is cleaning your teeth regularly. So, how possible is brushing teeth with braces? 

This article will look at the various aspects that will help you maintain your teeth properly with braces. However, before we begin the journey of brushing your teeth with braces, let us also look at how braces are used to clarify the subject matter. 

What Are Braces?

Braces are dental tools used to solve teeth issues such as crooked, crowded, and misaligned teeth. Braces are often used on teenagers and adults. The purpose of braces is to help straighten your teeth into a better alignment helping you to smile more comfortably and eat better. If you have an unhealthy smile or crooked smile braces are most suitable for you. You can visit a dental clinic to find out more about braces.

How To Brush Your Teeth With Braces

Thorough brushing of your teeth can remove plaque; however, any plaque that isn’t removed during the process gets transformed into tartar. Brushing becomes quite challenging when braces are on because you must do so with care. However, it is never impossible to brush well with your braces on. You can use a soft bristled toothbrush, additional dental kit tools and simply just take your time.

How Often Do You Need To Brush

The standard brushing procedure is slightly different from the brushing procedure that involves braces on the teeth. This is because when braces are on, there is every possibility there will be a lot of buildup on the teeth. 

Brushing your teeth can indeed be quite challenging since the food particles stored in your mouth when eating find their way into hidden areas within the braces. This is why you must take extra care when brushing to remove these hidden particles. 

Since braces are fixed on the teeth, they somehow serve as an obstruction as you move your toothbrush around when brushing. This does not mean that you cannot brush your braced teeth. While wearing braces, it is advised that it is essential to brush after every meal. While brushing, you must do so with care. 

Flossing

Flossing could also be challenging with braces on. However, you can make use of a floss threader to floss around the braces on your teeth in a gentle manner. Another option is to use a waterpik flosser to get into areas between the teeth.

What Are The Best Tools And Types Of Toothbrushes To Use

It is vital to have all the required tools needed to take care of your braces before you can begin the maintenance of the teeth. The process is always easy when you have the right tools at your disposal. To start brushing, you should have the following tools:

  • A cup for rinsing 
  • Use a non-abrasive toothpaste and toothbrush 
  • Proxabrushes or interdental brushes
  • Have a mirror available
  • Floss that suits you best

Conclusion

Brushing your teeth should be a continuous routine even when you have braces on. However, you should ensure that you carry out the process with the right tools listed in this article to complete the regular process efficiently. 

Always make sure that you check your braces after brushing to inspect the job to make any improvements where possible. In addition, it is advisable to visit a dental clinic to gain more expertise on brushing your teeth with your braces. 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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