BRUSH – FLOSS – RINSE
The decision to wear braces to improve you smile is an investment in time and money. You’ll want to protect this investment by taking proper care of your teeth while you’re wearing braces. It doesn’t make sense to wear braces for months and sometimes years, and then end up with cavities because you neglected your teeth.
Brushing and flossing while wearing braces is often difficult to get to hard to reach places and food tends to get trapped between teeth. Sometimes you need more than just a toothbrush and a roll of floss. Taking good care of your teeth is really easy – three simple steps:
It is important to brush after every meal – for most people, that’s three times a day. The purpose is to remove cavity-causing bacteria that accumulate in your mouth and on your teeth. If you are wearing elastic bands or other removable accessory, please take those out before brushing. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush or electric brush along with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Brush for two minutes all the way down to the gum line.
An inter-dental toothbrush is ideal for removing food that may have gotten stuck in your braces. The tip is flexible and can be inserted underneath the wires of your braces.
Even though flossing can be a challenge while wearing braces, it is important to do so, especially before bedtime. You can use a “floss threader” or similar product to get inbetween. The threaders are designed to make it easier to floss if you are wearing braces. At Nakisher Orthodontics, we will give you threaders to try, but there are several out there. You may want to experiment to see which brand you prefer.
Rinsing with Fluoride mouth rinse daily at bedtime provides added protection against cavities and de-calcification marks. Plaque build-up that is not removed from around the braces may leave white scars on the teeth (de-calcification) which are permanent after braces removal. There are several out there and you may want to try a couple to find the one you prefer. ACT, Listerine and Biotene are just a few. After brushing and flossing (especially at night), be sure to rinse; swish the product in your mouth for about 30 seconds.
Dr. Nakisher is always available to her patients to make recommendations for the oral care products her office prefers. To set up a complimentary consultation or make an appointment, contact Nakisher Orthodontics at 248-855-4142.