If your dentist has told you that it is time for you to get braces, or if you have decided the time is right, you might be wondering how you will take care of your teeth with all that metal in your mouth. Well, not only is dental hygiene possible when you wear braces, but it becomes even more important since your braces will provide extra places for food debris, plaque and bacteria to accumulate.
Normally, a person should brush their teeth at least twice a day. However, with braces, you should brush and floss your teeth after every meal and snack. While it is recommended that you spend two minutes at a time brushing your teeth, you should go slower with braces, and brush one or two teeth at a time. First, rinse your mouth to remove any loose food particles Then, holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree degree angle, brush along your gum line. Then brush from your gum line down to the top of your brackets, and then from the gum line up to the bottom. Finish up by brushing the wire. When you are finished, you will need to carefully floss between your teeth, making sure to floss your braces as well. Trying to maneuver the dental floss around your braces can be frustrating so you should talk with your dentist about using a floss threader, water flosser or a floss pick. Rinse your mouth again when you are through.
While you will certainly need to have your braces adjusted, don’t forget about your regular appointments for cleanings and examinations. It would be a shame to straighten your teeth, and not keep them clean as well. If you are interested in seeing if braces would be right for you, or if you have another dental need, our dentist, Dr. Ronald Levine will be happy to see you. If you live in the Germantown, Maryland area and would like to schedule an appointment at Blue Ribbon Dental call 301-540-8808 today. We’re looking forward to your visit!