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When you get braces on your teeth, it can be much more challenging to keep things clean, and there will be more tools recommended for you to use daily to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Braces make it more challenging to clean your teeth because of the brackets, bands, archwires, elastics and any other hardware that gets added to help move your teeth. Listed below are several tools you can use to help keep your teeth, gums and the braces clear from plaque accumulation:
An electric toothbrush is highly recommended when wearing dental braces because it can access more nooks and crannies and do a better job brushing than a manual toothbrush. It is tough to angle a manual toothbrush around the brackets correctly, and often the gum line is missed. An electric toothbrush helps to get into those tricky areas and can do more brush strokes in 2 minutes of brushing than you can do with a manual toothbrush.
A water flosser is a floss aid that helps to flush out bacteria from between your teeth and around your brackets and bands. A water flosser uses a jet of water (or you can put mouthwash into it) that you angle around your braces and gums to help keep them clean.
Superfloss/ Floss Threaders
These are both aids to help you use manual floss. Because the archwire prevents you from accessing between your teeth with regular floss, you need something to help you get the floss between your teeth from the side. These aids have a hard end on them to help you push the floss through the front teeth rather than going in from the top.
This is a small brush that is shaped like a Christmas tree that helps to remove plaque from between brackets. The brush is used to access underneath the archwire to clean the brackets' sides, where it is easy for food debris and plaque to be trapped.
Remember, while wearing dental braces, it is essential to have regular check-ups and cleanings with your dentist and dental hygienist to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy.
If you have any questions about how to clean your teeth while wearing dental braces, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Once the active phase of your orthodontic treatment is finished, it is finally time to have your braces removed and show off your newly perfected smile. While this is a very exciting time, it is important to remember that there remains a final stage of orthodontic treatment, the retention phase. Without paying proper attention to this phase, your teeth will likely begin to shift back into their original positions. Since orthodontic treatment requires both significant time and financial commitment, having your teeth move again would be very disappointing. This is where retainers come in.
Custom made devices designed to hold your teeth in place after finishing orthodontic treatment. There are two basic types: removable or bonded (fixed) retainers. Some orthodontic treatment may require using both types. You will be able to decide with your orthodontist which option will work best for you.
A thin piece of metal wire that gets bonded directly to the back of your front teeth.
- Suitable for patients that may not wear their removable retainers as recommended by the orthodontist.
- They remain in place 24 hours a day.
- Since they are bonded to the lingual (back side) of the front teeth, they are not visible to others.
- Difficult to keep clean and prone to plaque and tartar accumulation.
- Will need to floss under the wire using Superfloss or floss threaders which may be inconvenient for some patients.
- Since they are bonded only to the front teeth, they do not prevent the back teeth from shifting.
- May need maintenance at times. The lingual wire could break or come loose and require a visit to the dental office to fix.
Custom-fit retainers that are made from plastic or a combination of plastic and metal wires.
- Easier to keep clean than a fixed retainer.
- Can be worn and removed at will.
- Keeps all the teeth in place, not only the front teeth.
- Effectiveness is based on compliance with wearing them.
- Could get lost or damaged and need new ones made.
- Teeth can shift if not worn for a period and retainers may no longer fit.
If you are nearing the end of your orthodontic treatment, you are probably thinking of how best you can protect your investment. Retainers will preserve the smile you always wanted. You and your orthodontist or dentist can discuss your options and come to a decision that will best suit you and your lifestyle. Call us now for more information.