Friday, August 13, 2010

How to Brush Your Teeth With Braces

How to Brush Your Teeth With Braces

Dental braces (simply known as braces) are instruments put on one's teeth to align them and their position according to one's bite. They're the most proper way to fix crooked teeth. However, their presence may discourage good brushing habits due to the difficulty, resulting in decaying and discoloring of the teeth after the removal of the braces. To maintain healthy teeth, proper brushing is necessary to do so.

  1. Brush your teeth, at least, twice a day. Allow yourself to brush your teeth more time when you have braces than before you wore them. Braces are a struggle in the way of brushing the teeth and cleaning the mouth, so extra time is important when doing so.
  2. Small circles are a good form of brushing. Brush ten times in each area before moving on to the next.
  3. Don’t forget to brush the braces, as well; the upper and lower surfaces of the brackets and around the wire
  4. Brush your tongue, gums and the roof of your mouth.

  • Don’t use whitening toothpaste. It causes discoloration when the braces come off.
  • Use a soft or a medium toothbrush.
  • It’s important to brush after eating foods high in sugar.
  • Brush lightly, but effectively.

  • Make sure to floss once a day preferably before you go to bed. Floss between teeth and between the wire and braces.
  • To apply dental wax to your braces, roll the wax into a small ball then apply it to the end of the wire or the bracket that causes pain. Don’t forget to remove it before brushing your teeth. 

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