March 20, 2014 • Article • Comments Off
So your child just got braces. While you may feel relieved, this is just the first step in a complex and sometimes long process used to correct crooked teeth. And although your trusty orthodontist will provide the heavy lifting during visits to make sure everything’s going along alright, you and your child will also need to be responsible after you leave the office. Aside from avoiding foods that may cause the braces to break, it’s just as important to make sure that the teeth are being cleaned well – as cleaning the teeth may seem to be a bit trickier with braces. Below we highlights some tips -
1.) Brushing – While brushing with braces, the fight against plaque build-up may have just gotten a little tougher. No worries, we’re sure you’re up for the challenge and after all, it’s important to remember that the general rules of brushing still apply. However, to get around the wires that cover the teeth, there is something called a proxabrush toothbrush. What makes it different from your regular tooth brush is that the tip is a bit thinner, allowing the brush to go between the wires where the regular tooth brush won’t fit. This type of brush can really help fight against plaque.
2.) Rinsing – Rinsing is probably something people don’t do enough of. But in the case of braces, taking this simple and easy step can help get rid food particles that would otherwise cause plaque. In this area, talk to your orthodontist over what brand or type of mouth wash he or she may recommend.
3.) Flossing – Take a quick look at braces and think of flossing: At first sight, it may appear that braces wouldn’t allow for this important way to clean the teeth. However, it’s important that people wearing braces keep flossing. Food particles are more likely to get trapped in the braces and around the teeth themselves. To deal with this, consider using something called a floss threader. You can likely find this product at your local convenience store. And while it may now take a little longer to floss, this will definitely let you get the floss string to address those tricky spots.
4.) Visit Your Dentist Regularly – While your orthodontist is the go-to person for all-things braces, your dentist still plays an important role in tooth care. Regularly visiting your dentist is still a good idea during the time that you or your child has braces.