How to Keep Your Teeth Clean While Wearing Braces12 Nov, 2015
How to Keep Your Teeth Clean While Wearing Braces
Teeth with braces need extra special care, warns some orthodontics experts. They believe that people need to be careful about what they eat and they need to clean their teeth thoroughly. Failure to do so can lead to cavities and gum disease - teeth with braces on are just more vulnerable.
Some orthodontists recommend brushing immediately after every meal or snack. They also note that you can use an "orthodontic-cut" or "v-cut" toothbrush, with soft bristles that are shaped to get around braces more easily. Be sure to use a fluoride toothpaste; many orthodontist also recommend a fluoride rinse to use after brushing.
At a 45 degree angle, brush down from the top and then up from the bottom on each individual tooth. Brush gently; if you brush too vigorously, you risk bending or breaking the braces. Rinse and spit several times. Damon braces experts, recommend replacing your brush at least every three months, or when it shows signs of wear. Brushing around braces may cause your brush to wear out more quickly.
Orthodontists believe that, after brushing with the regular brush, people should use a proxabrush or 'Christmas tree' brush. "It is a tapered brush which was especially developed for cleaning between two braces and underneath the wires." Place the brush in the space between the two braces. First, insert it down from the top and then up from the bottom - brushing several times in each direction. Then repeat the process with the next space - until all teeth have been cleaned.
According to studies, flossing can be tricky with braces. The first step is to thread the end of the floss through the space between the arch wire and the tooth's upper part, closest to the gum. Gently saw the floss back and forth to clean the sides of both teeth. Orthodontists recommend that don't use too much force or you might damage the arch wire and be careful not to snag the floss on the braces themselves or you can cause damage. Most patients prefer waxed floss and much use floss threaded, which can make the process easier.
"First, you want to avoid chewing on pens, pencils, fingernails and anything else that is a nervous habit," warns Dr. Weinbach, a Louisville CO braces provider. Some foods can be eaten if you cut them into small pieces that are easier to chew. But, you want to avoid any hard, chewy, or sticky foods that might stick to or damage your braces." These include:
• Foods that are tough to bite and chew such as corn-on-the-cob, ice, apples, and bagels
• Chewy foods like taffy, caramels, starbursts, or bubble gum
• Hard foods like hard pretzels, some nuts, carrots, and popcorn
For more information about the best Louisville orthodontist Dr. Weinbach and his Louisville orthodontics call (303) 430-4200 for the Westminster CO office or (303) 604-0300 for the Louisville office.