Even though braces will allow you to have a beautiful smile, they can also trap food particles and cause plaque to build up in your mouth. However, braces don’t have to be a burden if you take care of your teeth properly during treatment!
Here are some good oral hygiene tips to follow if you have braces:
By brushing your teeth with a high-fluoride toothpaste, you can stop white spots and decay from forming on your teeth. Try to brush for a full two minutes after every meal or at least twice a day. Make sure that your toothbrush reaches all the spots under wires and between brackets. Replace your toothbrush around every three months.
Rinsing with a mouthwash twice a day for a minute helps wash away plaque and food particles stuck between your brackets.
It’s even easier for food to get stuck in between your teeth if you have braces. Threader floss is recommended, because it has a stiffer side that allows you to floss between your brackets, but regular floss is better than no floss at all!
Take good care of your teeth when you have braces, otherwise you could develop gum disease, gingivitis, or other oral health problems.