For a healthy smile, you will want to develop and practice consistent oral hygiene habits combined with regular checkups and dental cleanings. This is also essential while you are wearing braces. Our Smiley Dental Forest Lane team is happy to support your efforts to create the smile you deserve. We also want to encourage you to stay on top of your oral hygiene during this smile alignment process.
With wires and brackets, you will want to remove food particles and plaque around the orthodontics as well as from your teeth and gums. Using the right tools can make the job easy and enjoyable. So, let’s take a look at the best way to accomplish this with some tips from Dr. Raquel Wright and Dr. Leena Hoang.
#1- Elastics: If you are wearing elastics, take them off before you begin, and don’t forget to put them bak on when you are finished.
#2- Tools: Soft-bristled toothbrushes are good to tooth enamel and gums while not harming orthodontics either. Fluoride toothpaste supports your teeth to resist acids from food and drinks while strengthening your tooth enamel. Using a powered toothbrush is also effective at cleaning teeth while wearing braces.
#3- Brush: Brush your teeth and your hardware. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle against your gums as you clean the gum line using circular strokes. Make sure to clean any gaps between the wire and your teeth as well as under the wires.
#4- Floss: After brushing your pearly whites, don’t neglect to floss! This will ensure a healthy smile when the hardware comes off. Interdental floss brushes and picks or even water flossers can effectively rid your smile of food residue and oral debris.
#5- Nutrition: Make sure the foods you eat and drink support the smile you are working so hard to create. Limit or avoid acidic foods and beverages, as well as hard foods such as ice, and sticky foods such as chewing gum so as not to harm brackets and wires.
Caring for your smile while wearing braces will ultimately reward you with the beautiful smile you deserve! For more information, we invite you to give us a call at 972.484.5400. Dr. Raquel Wright and Dr. Leena Hoang Dallas Farmers Branch, Texas, look forward to supporting all of your smile goals!