How often should I brush my teeth with braces?

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There are lots of questions people often have when they first have braces put on. Some of the first questions that are asked usually include how to care for teeth and how often they should be brushed. The following information explains how to brush and care for teeth after beginning treatment with an orthodontist.

How Often Should Teeth Be Brushed?

A person who has orthodontic work done should brush his or her teeth every time after eating. This will not only keep the teeth clean and healthy but will likely make the entire mouth feel better. It is sometimes recommended for a person to carry a travel toothbrush if at all possible. The individual can then brush his or her teeth wherever there is a sink available. Not only is it important to brush each time after eating, but how much time the person spends brushing matters as well. In order to keep brackets and other parts of the brace as clean as possible an individual should brush for at least two minutes. Each area of the mouth should be given equal time to make sure to clean every tooth and the gum areas.

What Type of Brush Should Be Used?

A soft toothbrush should always be used. A hard or even medium toothbrush may damage the teeth, gums, and possibly any orthodontic work. When first starting to brush, use only water for a few seconds to remove larger pieces of food particles. When using just water it is easier to see what may be stuck around the teeth, gums, and the orthodontic work. Electric toothbrushes can be used either in place of or as a supplement to a manual toothbrush. Vibrating electric brushes may clean a little better than the types that rotate. After a short time using a brush with only water it’s time to brush with toothpaste.

What Type of Toothpaste is Recommended?

Most types of toothpaste will be acceptable to use. Look for a paste that has fluoride and whiteners. While many people may not think that the taste of the toothpaste matters, it can make a big difference, especially for children. If a child doesn’t like the taste of the toothpaste it will be more difficult to make sure he or she brushes for a full two minutes. It’s important to use the correct amount of toothpaste when brushing. It is often recommended to use a pea size amount of toothpaste. It may also be a good idea to use an anti-plaque or anti-gingivitis rinse after using toothpaste. This will provide extra cleaning and protection for the teeth and gums since it is difficult to get to every area with a brush.

Should a Person Still Floss?

Although it may be more difficult it is recommended to floss as much as possible. It is important to keep the areas of the teeth and gums as clean as possible. Infections and tooth decay can occur if food particles remain stuck between or under the braces. An electric flosser may make it easier to floss and get into the hard to reach areas. An electric flosser may also be more fun for a child to use, which means he or she might spend more time flossing. Some tips for making flossing easier include using an orthodontic floss threader and always using wax floss. Floss threaders are tools that are usually inexpensive. Floss that is not wax is more likely to get caught on the metal brackets and wires. Finally, younger children will likely need assistance when flossing since they may not have the dexterity to floss easily between and around the teeth.

How Often Should Teeth Be Brushed With Invisalign?

This type of orthodontic treatment is different than having a traditional metal brace. Since aligners can be removed, teeth should be brushed after they have been taken off. After the teeth have been brushed the aligners should also be brushed and then put back in place. Aligners can be brushed with the same type of toothpaste that would be used to brush the teeth. Sometimes aligners are soaked in a denture cleaner for extra cleaning. It is important to remember that even though aligners can be removed food can still get stuck in these devices if a person doesn’t brush their teeth thoroughly. With or without brackets and wires to brush around, a person should spend at least two minutes brushing when undergoing any type of orthodontic treatment.

Whether someone is wearing Invisalign or any other type of brace they should brush each time after eating or snacking. Keeping teeth as clean as possible will help ensure they stay healthy and look as good as possible when the braces finally come off. It is important to find a good orthodontist before beginning the orthodontic process. Nalchajian Orthodontics offers skilled orthodontic care, a variety of services, and a complimentary consultation. When you are looking for quality orthodontic care be sure to contact Nalchajian Orthodontics for all your orthodontic needs.

Nalchajian Orthodontics
7501 N Fresno St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93720
Phone: (559) 432 7100

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